Preliminary submissions

Below are some of the preliminary submissions we received in response to our terms of reference.

We have not published every preliminary submission we received. We have also redacted some of the content of those we have published. Reasons for this include:

  • the author wishes us to keep the submission confidential
  • the submission relates to a case that is or might come before the courts
  • the submission contains particularly sensitive, offensive or potentially defamatory material.

We note that while privilege attaches to our reports, no privilege attaches to individual submissions made to us. We have taken this into account when deciding what to publish.

We will consider all submissions in full as part of our review process, even if we don't publish them or redact parts of them.

Content warning: Some of these submissions contain sensitive material relating to sexual assault and/or violence that may confront or disturb readers.

If you need help, some options for advice and support are listed below:

  • NSW Victims Services
    • Call the Victims Access Line on 1800 633 063 or the Aboriginal Contact Line on 1800 019 123
    • The Victims Access Line is the single entry point for victims of crime in NSW to access information, referrals, support and counselling.

  • NSW Rape Crisis Centre 
    • Call 1800 424 017 or visit
    • NSW Rape Crisis is a 24/7 telephone and online counselling service for anyone affected by sexual assault in NSW.
  • Sexual Assault Counselling Australia 
    • Call 1800 211 028 or visit
    • Sexual Assault Counselling Australia provides counselling, information and referral.

PCO21 I (PDF, 223.5 KB)

PCO24 Professor Patricia Easteal (PDF, 409.7 KB)

PCO40 Professor Gail Mason and James Monaghan  (PDF, 424.1 KB)

PCO44 Inner City Legal Centre (PDF, 232.8 KB)

PCO45 Monica Otlowski (PDF, 347.7 KB)

PCO47 NSW Bar Association (PDF, 224.3 KB)

PCO49 NSW Department of Family and Community Services (PDF, 113.4 KB)

PCO50 Andrew Dyer (PDF, 379.6 KB)

PCO53 Feminist Legal Clinic (PDF, 228.7 KB)

PCO55 Rule of Law Institute of Australia (PDF, 211.0 KB)

PCO56 Australian Queer Students Network (PDF, 237.3 KB)

PCO58 Community Legal Centres NSW (PDF, 1.6 MB)

PCO59 Associate Professor Peter Rush and Professor Alison Young (PDF, 728.4 KB)

PCO61 Women's Legal Service NSW (PDF, 307.8 KB)

PCO62 Wagga Women's Health Centre Inc (PDF, 459.7 KB)

PCO63 End Rape on Campus Australia (PDF, 115.4 KB)

PCO65 Dr Arlie Loughnan, Dr Carolyn McKay, Dr Tanya Mitchell and Associate Professor Rita Shackel (PDF, 245.1 KB)

PCO67 Equality Rights Alliance, Young Women's Advisory Group (PDF, 476.4 KB)

PCO69 Legal Studies students from St Catherine's School (PDF, 16.3 KB)

PCO71 Women's Electoral Lobby (PDF, 526.9 KB)

PCO72 Rachael Burgin (PDF, 269.3 KB)

PCO73 Law Society of NSW (PDF, 896.2 KB)

PCO74 Australian Lawyers Alliance (PDF, 1.2 MB)

PCO76 Associate Professor Kelley Burton (PDF, 336.3 KB)

PCO77 Elyse Methven and Ian Dobinson (PDF, 235.5 KB)

PCO78 Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre Inc (PDF, 231.1 KB)

PCO79 White Ribbon Australia (PDF, 5.1 MB)

PCO80 University of Technology Sydney (PDF, 614.8 KB)

PCO82 Coffs Harbour Sexual Assault Service, Mid North Coast Local Health District (PDF, 177.8 KB)

PCO83 NSW Young Lawyers Criminal Law Committee (PDF, 377.1 KB)

PCO84 Police Association of NSW (PDF, 708.1 KB)

PCO85 Professor Luke McNamara, Professor Julie Stubbs, Dr Bianca Fileborn, Helen Gibbon, Melanie Schwartz and Professor Alex Steel (PDF, 252.3 KB)

PCO88 Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (PDF, 2.2 MB)

PCO91 Domestic Violence NSW (PDF, 1.1 MB)

PCO92 Dr Julia Quilter (PDF, 347.8 KB)

PCO93 Dr Mehreen Faruqi (PDF, 727.8 KB)

PCO94 The University of Newcastle Women's Collective (PDF, 325.7 KB)

PCO96 Legal Aid NSW (PDF, 132.3 KB)

PCO100 Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (PDF, 1.2 MB)

PCO103 Sex Workers Outreach Project (PDF, 866.5 KB)

PCO104 People with Disability Australia (PDF, 532.1 KB)

PCO105 Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (PDF, 144.2 KB)

PCO110 Women Lawyers Association of NSW (PDF, 222.2 KB)

Last updated:

26 Sep 2023

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