The NSW Government has prepared a discussion paper that identifies issues and poses questions about possible options for child sexual abuse law reform. The paper considers the recommendations made by the
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in its Criminal Justice Report, released in August 2017, and the recommendations of the NSW Parliament's Joint Select Committee on Sentencing of Child Sexual Assault Offenders.
The purpose of the discussion paper is to examine child sexual offences in NSW to simplify the current framework, revise current offences and identify whether any new offences should be created to fill any gaps in the existing framework.
The Royal Commission made
85 recommendations to improve the criminal justice response to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in its recent report, including recommendations for changes to child sexual abuse laws. Existing Government action in several areas is already consistent with the Royal Commission's criminal justice recommendations, including as follows:
In response to the Joint Select Committee's recommendations, the NSW Government has already:
The NSW Government is seeking input from victims of child sexual abuse, organisations that provide services to victims, legal professionals and the community on the Royal Commission's legislative recommendations and other issues with child sexual abuse laws covered in the discussion paper.
Submissions closed on 6th October 2017 and are available for download below.
Please note that all submissions and comments will be treated as public, and may be published, unless the author indicates that it is to be treated as confidential.
Submissions were also made by the District Court of NSW and Advocate for Children and Young People. The contents have been kept confidential at the authors’ request.
Submissions made by individuals who requested confidentiality have not been published.