Resource Compendium: Legislation, Policy and Regulation










Key Resources: Legislation, Policy and Regulation

International | Commonwealth | State/Territory based | Commentary


  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)

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  • Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018 [html] [pdf] [doc]

  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) [html] [pdf]

  • Disability Services Act 1986 (Cth) [html] [pdf]

  • Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) [html] [pdf] [doc]

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (Cth) [html] [pdf] [doc]

  • National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 [html] [pdf] [doc]

  • National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022 [html] [pdf] [doc]

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  • ACT Domestic Violence and Protection Orders Act 2008 [html] [pdf]

  • ACT Disability Services Act 1991 [html] [pdf] 

  • NSW Disability Services Act 1993 No 3 [html] [pdf]

  • NSW Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 [html] [pdf]

  • NT Domestic and Family Violence Act 2007 [html]

  • NT Disability Services Act [html] [pdf]

  • Queensland Disability Services Act 2006 [html] [pdf]

  • Queensland Domestic Violence and Protection Act 1989 [html] [pdf]

  • SA Disability Services Act 1993 [html] [pdf] [doc]

  • SA Domestic Violence Act 1994 [html] [doc]

  • Tasmanian Disability Services Act 1993 [html] [pdf]

  • Tasmanian Family Violence Act 2004 [html] [pdf]

  • Victorian Disability Act 2006 [html] [pdf]
  • Victorian Disability Regulations Act 2007 [html] [pdf] [doc]
  • Victorian Family Violence Protection Act 2008 [html] [pdf] 
  • WA Disability Services Act 1993 [html] [pdf] [doc]
  • WA Restraining Orders Act 1997 [html] [pdf] [doc]

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  • Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) (2010) Family Violence - A National Legal Response. ALRC Final Report 114. [pdf]

    From the Terms of Reference: "The 2009 report of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, Time for Action, acknowledged the complex interraction between State and Territory family/domestic violence and child protection laws and the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). The National Council also stressed the importance of consistent interpretation and application of laws relating to family/domestic violence and sexual assault, including rules of evidence, in ensuring justice for victims of such violence. At its meeting of 16 - 17 April 2009, the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General agreed that Australian law reform commissions should work together to consider these issues."

  • Australian Law Reform Commission (2012) Family Violence - Improving Legal Frameworks. ALRC Final Report 117. [pdf]

    From the Terms of Reference: "I refer to the Australian Law Reform Commission for inquiry and report, pursuant to subsection 20(1) of the Australian Law Reform Commission Act 1996 (Cth), the issue of the treatment of family/domestic violence in Commonwealth laws, including child support and family assistance law, immigration law, employment law, social security law and superannuation law and privacy provisions in relation to those experiencing family/domestic violence. I request that the Commission consider what, if any, improvements could be made to relevant legal frameworks to protect the safety of those experiencing family/domestic violence."

  • Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) (2012) Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws - People with Disability Information Sheet. ALRC. [html] [pdf]

    From the Fact Sheet: "This information sheet discusses the ALRC Commonwealth Family Violence Inquiry and briefly outlines some of the ALRC's key recommendations aimed at better protecting the safety of people with disability who are experiencing family violence. Further detail about these recommendations can be found in the Final Report, Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws - Improving Legal Frameworks, ALRC Report 117 (2011). The ALRC uses the term 'people with disability' to reflect each person's value, individuality, dignity and capabilities. 'People with disability' is used rather than 'people with a disability,' acknowledging that a person may have more than one disability."

  • National Council to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children (2009) Domestic Violence Laws in Australia. Commonwealth of Australia. [pdf] [doc]

    From the DSS website: "Domestic Violence Laws in Australia provides an overview of Commonwealth, State, Territory and New Zealand legislation and will be used to develop the Australian Government's National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. The report also provides an analysis of overlaps and potential gaps between theFamily Law Act 1975 and State and Territory domestic violence protection orders, thereby affording a valuable basis for the Australian and New South Wales Law Reform Commissions' inquiry into the interaction of domestic violence laws, which was a key recommendation of Time for Action: The National Council's Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2009-2021."

  • UN Women (2011) Developing Legislation on Violence against Women and Girls, Handbook. [html] [pdf]

    From the Handbook: Comprehensive legislation to prevent, respond to and punish all forms of violence against women and girls is an essential first step to ending impunity. This module provides expert guidance on drafting, advocating for, implementing and monitoring national legislation. It provides step-by-step guidance, case studies of the most promising practices from diverse regions in the world and tools for implementation.

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