Current Law Reform Inquires


At any given time, there are many laws and policies under review. Various government and non-government bodies regularly conduct law reform inquiries, where they seek feedback from people, communities and organisations regarding proposed changes to the law.

For most inquiries, any person or organisation can make a submission. A submission to an inquiry is a written argument or set of arguments, backed up by appropriate evidence, responding to the questions or terms of reference set out by the body conducting the inquiry.

Community Legal Centres NSW compiles law reform submissions to relevant law reform inquiries in consultation with member centres, and also encourages member centres to make their own submissions

Below is a list of law reform inquiries that are currently accepting submissions and that are relevant to the work and priorities of community legal centres in NSW.


Due in January 2020

Gay and transgender hate crimes between 1970 and 2010 – 57th Parliament 
NSW Parliament Standing Committee on Social Issues 
Inquiry into gay and transgender hate crimes between 1970 and 2010.
Submissions close 31 January 2020.

Review into Australia’s corporate criminal responsibility regime 
Australian Law Reform Commission 
Inquiry about whether reforms are necessary or desirable to improve Australia’s criminal liability scheme at a time of renewed focus on protection Australian consumers from egregious conduct by corporations.
Submissions close 31 January 2020.

Pathways and Participation Opportunities for Indigenous Australians in Employment and Business
Indigenous Affairs
Inquiry into opportunities for employment and economic development for Indigenous Australians.
Submissions close 31 January 2020.


Due in February 2020

Work Health and Safety Amendment (Review) Bill 2019
Premier and Finance, Legislative Council
The Work Health and Safety Amendment (Review) Bill 2019 aims to amend the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to expedite implementation in New South Wales of 12 proposals based on recommendations of a national review of the model Work Health and Safety Act.
Submissions close 4 February 2020. 

Community Gaming Regulation
NSW Fair Trading
A proposed Community Gaming Regulation 2020 has been developed to support the Community Gaming Act 2018, which has not yet commenced. Proposed regulation seeks to modernise legislation and streamline principles-based approach to community gaming.
Submissions close 7 February 2020.

Review of sentencing for murder and manslaughter 
NSW Sentencing Council 
Review of murder and manslaughter sentencing, including the penalties imposed for domestic and family violence homicides and the standard non-parole periods for murder.
Submissions close 7 February 2020.

NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee Preliminary Determination 
NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee 
Exhibition for public comment of the Preliminary Determination about which species are eligible for listing as threatened.
Submissions close 7 February 2020.

Unlawful underpayment of employees' remuneration
Senate Standing Committees on Economics
Inquiry into the causes, extent and effects of unlawful non-payment or underpayment of employees’ remuneration by employers and measures that can be taken to address the issue.
Submissions close 14 February 2020.

Federal Government's response to the drought, and the adequacy and appropriateness of policies and measures to support farmers, regional communities and the Australian economy
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
Submissions close 14 February 2020.

Support for children of imprisoned parents in NSW 
NSW Parliament Committee on Children and Young People 
Inquiry about the possible impact on children of imprisoned parents, the adequacy of policies and services to assist them and whether improvements could be made.
Submissions close 28 February 2020.

Review of the Criminal Age of Responsibility
Council of Attorneys-General Working Group
Submissions close 28 February 2020. 

Inquiry into the Protocol for homeless people in public places 
NSW Parliament Committee on Community Services 
Inquiry to evaluate how the protocol is working in practice and identify opportunities to strengthen the current approach, with a particular focus on reducing street sleeping.
Submissions close 28 February 2020.

Community schemes law reform
NSW Department of Fair Trading
Public feedback on the drafting of the Community Land Management Bill 2019 and the Community Land Development Bill 2019, which completely rewrite NSW community schemes laws.
Submissions close 28 February 2020.


Due in March 2020

Disability Inclusion Act 2014
NSW Department of Communities and Justice
Reviewing the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 to make sure that it has achieved what it set out to do; look at what needs to be changed and updated.
Online survey submission closes 30 March 2020.

NSW Greyhound Welfare Code of Practice
Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission
Seeking feedback on the draft NSW Greyhound Welfare Code of Practice
Online survey submissions close 31 March 2020.


Due in June 2020

General issues around the implementation and performance of the NDIS
Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Inquiry to identify broad systemic issues relating to the implementation and operation of the NDIS.
Submissions close 30 June 2020


Resources for making submissions