Our view on cuts to social spending across areas from income support to legal and homeless services. Read our recent submission. Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017 Read recent full submission here. As reference read earlier joint submission here.
Submission in response to the exposure draft of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and other Measures) Bill 2017 (Cth) and corresponding Public Consultation Paper. 3 Feb 2017
AWAVA supports the intention of the draft Bill to strengthen the Family Law Act, and particularly the intention of enabling family law systems to better respond to and offer protection to victims/survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence. We agree there is value in the expansion of state and territory family law jurisdictions to enable [...]
Submission to the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences 27 January 2017
In our submission to the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences last 27th of January 2017, we highlighted the Australian Government’s legislative, policy and program responses to violence against women as well as the funding situation that puts women’s services in a state of uncertainty. We recognize that this is a [...]
In line with the new Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016, AWAVA agrees that there is merit in addressing family, domestic and sexual violence in the migration law context and that reforms are needed to support more suitable pathways for victims of this violence. However, we express reservations about the likely effectiveness [...]
Submission to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee inquiry on Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality
AWAVA welcomes the opportunity to contribute a submission to the Senate inquiry into Domestic violence and gender inequality (Finance and Public Administration References Committee). Violence against women is an extreme manifestation of gender inequality in society and a serious violation of human rights. It violates the rights to life, to equality, to liberty and security [...]
We presented our position paper to the Senate committee on the 12th of February 2016 with specific recommendations to the Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015. We stress the need to make the system safe and trustworthy for survivors of violence. We believe that by incorporating a deep understanding of the [...]
Read AWAVA's pre-budget submission here.
AWAVA welcomes the opportunity to contribute a submission to the Senate inquiry into the Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015. We support the intention of the Bill to strengthen the Family Law Act, and particularly the intention of enabling the courts to offer better protection to victims of family violence. [...]
AWAVA welcomes the opportunity to contribute a submission to the Senate inquiry into ‘the phenomenon colloquially referred to as “revenge porn”, which involves sharing private sexual images and recordings of a person without their consent, with the intention to cause that person harm’. We support moves to criminalise the non-consensual sharing of intimate images [...]
AWAVA has made a submission to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Submission makes recommendations to the Council of Australian Governments relating to The implementation of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, Access to Justice for women and children experiencing violence, Housing and Homelessness policy and funding, Responding to Technology Assisted Abuse, Education [...]