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Proposed reforms to child sexual offence laws

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Criminal Justice Report makes 85 recommendations to reform the Australian criminal justice system to provide fairer and more effective responses to victims of child sexual abuse. The recommendations span all areas of the criminal justice system including reporting, police investigation, prosecution, offences, conduct of trials, evidence, judicial directions, sentencing and appeals.

As part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to implementing the Royal Commission's recommendations, feedback is being sought on proposed reforms to child sexual offences and related legislation. This consultation is focused on a draft of the Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill.

Visit the Department of Justice and Attorney-General website for more details about the consultation, the Consultation Draft Bill and a series of fact sheets about the proposed changes.

Written submissions

Your views are welcome about any key issues associated with the drafting and operation of these reforms, by sending a written submission by 5pm on Friday, 20 September 2019 via email to or by mailing:

The Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Child Sexual Offence Reforms Public Consultation

Strategic Policy

GPO Box 149


Closing soon


Submit your responses now. Closes 20 September 2019, 05.00pm.

Last updated
 22 August 2019

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