Current Policy Priorities

 

In consultation with community legal centres and other sector organisations, we work across a range of important law reform and advocacy campaigns.

Keep reading below for detailed information about a variety of policy issues. Our specific policy asks for the new NSW government can be found online here

Child care & protection
Keeping families together and safe by providing access to justice and essential support services.
Consent and sexual assault
Improving access to justice for victim-survivors of sexual assault and eradicating discriminatory structural power imbalances.
Abortion law reform
Safe access zones outside reproductive health clinics, decriminalising abortion, and including abortion in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
Protecting human rights
Enshrining basic and essential human rights in a formal framework, to inform legislation, policy and public education.
Victims Support Scheme
Improving the NSW victims support scheme to make it fairer for victim/survivors, including through increased recognition payments.

Cross-sector policy networks

Community Legal Centres NSW works closely with and supports the following organisations and campaign alliances to achieve strategic policy and law reform 

Other current policy priorities

  • Amendments to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act
    To make it easier for trans people and members of the Stolen Generations to change their names, or the names of their parents and grandparents.

  • Culturally safe mediation services
    Provide funding and training for the provision of culturally safe mediation services for Aboriginal people and communities, particularly in South East NSW.

  • Fairer laws for people with debts
    Amend practices around debt recovery to ensure that people facing hard times are not further impacted by the system, including garnishing order notifications and defaulting suspensions.

  • Increasing access to justice for renters
    Ending the practice of landlords being able to evict tenants without cause, including people living in rented homes, boarding houses, residential parks and international student accommodation.

  • Reduce the incarceration rates of Aboriginal people
    Through implementation of the recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s 2018 Pathways to Justice report, including reforms to the Bail Act, raising the criminal age of responsibility and adopting a justice reinvestment approach to the criminal justice system.

  • Improve laws regarding people with cognitive disabilities
    Changing the relationship of people with cognitive disabilities and the courts, particularly in relation to the imprisonment of people who are deemed unfit to plead, and whether people with apprehended violence orders are able to fully understand the conditions of the AVO.