We want your views on proposed changes to the laws to better protect South Australian children from sexual abuse.

What’s being decided?

In August 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse released its Criminal Justice Report, making 85 recommendations aimed at better protecting children and addressing past abuse.

While many of these recommendations are already in place, a number require legislative changes. You can read more about which legislation will be affected in the Background section.

The proposed changes, included in the draft Statutes Amendment (Child Sexual Abuse) Bill 2020, aim to improve child abuse laws, ensuring stricter controls around reporting suspected abuse and strengthening the criminal justice process to better protect victims.

The proposed changes fall into three main categories:

  1. Child sexual abuse offences
  2. Legal proceedings
  3. Sentencing.

We welcome your views about the proposed changes.

Get involved

Read the Royal Commission’s Criminal Justice Report, the proposed changes and the draft Bill 2020

Have your say by:

Attorney-General's Department, Legislative Services
GPO Box 464
Adelaide, SA 5001

Please note: Your submissions may be made publicly available in full unless you indicate on the submission that you wish for these to remain confidential.

How can your input influence the decision?

Your feedback will be considered in the development of the final Bill. 

What are the next steps?

Once finalised, the Bill will be introduced to State Parliament for consideration.

Contact details

For general enquiries, please email us at LLPSubmissions@sa.gov.au

Closing date: 5 pm, Friday 15 January 2021

Past key dates

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 at 5:00 PM

CLOSING DATE: Strengthening South Australia’s child sexual abuse laws

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