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 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 April 2020
Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Complaint Handling) Bill 2020
Legislative Council Portfolio Committee No. 5 - Legal Affairs
Inquiry into an Act introduced by Mark Latham MLC to amend the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 to amend the rules for acceptance of complaints by the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board; and for related purposes.
Submissions close 26 April 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