​​Public consultation

The Department of Justice and its related agencies consult the NSW community on a variety of projects, services, policies and law reform. 

The community is being or has been consulted on the following projects (in date order from most recent).

  • Adoption of mandatory data breach notification
    The Department of Communities and Justice is seeking feedback on whether a mandatory reporting scheme for data breaches should be adopted under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. Submissions close on 23 August 2019.
  • Review of Model Defamation Provisions
    The Defamation Working Party is seeking feedback on defamation law in Australia, to assess how the legal principles apply in the digital age and identify areas for national reform.
    Submissions close on 30 April 2019.
  • Review of the Domestic Violence Justice Strategy
    The Department of Justice is seeking feedback from people who have been the victim or perpetrator of a domestic or family violence incident in the last two years. Your feedback will inform our review of the Domestic Violence Justice Strategy.
  • Justices of the Peace Framework Review 
    The Department of Justice is seeking feedback on its review of the Justices of the Peace scheme in NSW.  The review is considering how the scheme might be reformed to ensure that it continues to meet changing community needs, and that its operation and administration are efficient and sustainable. Submissions close on Monday, 17 September 2018.
    JP Framework review - consultation paper [PDF, 513kb]
  • Multicultural Plan 
    The Department of Justice is seeking feedback on the development of a new Multicultural Plan.The Multicultural Plan will outline the steps that the Department of Justice will take to integrate the multicultural principles into its work and how it will engage with multicultural communities.

  • Disability Inclusion Action Plan
    The Department of Justice is seeking feedback on the development of a new Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP)The DIAP will outline the steps that the Department of Justice will take to promote disability inclusion in our services, policies programs and employment.
  • Review of the Crime Commission Act 2012
    The Crime Commission Act 2012 is being reviewed to determine if the whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.
    Submissions close on Monday, 20 August 2018.

  • Independent Review: Bega Valley Fire
    The Final Report of the Bega Valley Fires Independent Review and the Government Response to the Recommendations of the Bega Valley Fire Independent Review are published on the Office of Emergency Management website
  • The Steering Committee on the NSW Public Purpose Fund (PPF) was asked to make recommendations for the optimising the funds available for disbursement by the PPF, via increasing the funds flowing into the PPF and/or increasing the returns generated by those funds, and any other potential refinements to the operation of the fund to ensure the appropriate disbursement and stewardship of its assets.

  • Review into the Royal Prerogative of Mercy

    The Royal prerogative of mercy is a broad discretionary power exerciseable by the Governor on the advice of the Attorney General. The review into the prerogative considers whether the petitions for mercy and their outcomes should be made publicly available, and if so, what material should be made publicly available, and why it should be made available.

  • Statutory review of the Terrorism (Police Powers) Act 2002

    The The Office of Emergency Management, Department of Justice, is seeking submissions regarding the fire services response to the bushfire which occurred in Bega Valley on 18 March 2018. Terrorism (Police Powers) Act 2002 confers special powers on police officers to respond to terrorist activity and terrorist attacks. Section 36 of the Act requires the Attorney General to undertake a review of the Act in order to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives. The Department of Justice is conducting the review on behalf of the Attorney.

  • Review of community legal centre (CLC) services

    The NSW Attorney General has announced a review of NSW Government support for Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in NSW. The aim of the review is to ensure that legal assistance is directed to people most in need, improve CLC service provision and assist the NSW Government in settling an approach to funding allocation. 

  • Strengthening child sexual abuse laws in NSW
    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.

​​​Ongoing consul​​​​tation and feedback

Past consu​​ltations

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Have Y​​​our Say

The Have Your Say website is a NSW Government site that lists current consultations taking place with communities throughout NSW, on a wide variety of issues.

Find out what is happening in your community and share your opinions on new projects, services and government policy.

Publications and research​

Browse publications and research of the Department of Justice.

Special Commissions of Inqui​​ry

View links to the websites and publications of current and completed Special Commissions of Inquiry.

Special Commissions of Inquiry in NSW are established under the Special Commissions of Inquiry Act 1983.