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​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 


PCO24 Professor Patricia Easteal

PCO40 Professor Gail Mason and James Monaghan 

PCO44 Inner City Legal Centre

PCO45 Monica Otlowski

PCO47 NSW Bar Association

PCO49 NSW Department of Family and Community Services

PCO50 Andrew Dyer

PCO53 Feminist Legal Clinic

PCO55 Rule of Law Institute of Australia

PCO56 Australian Queer Students Network

PCO58 Community Legal Centres NSW

PCO59 Associate Professor Peter Rush and Professor Alison Young  

PCO61 Women's Legal Service NSW

PCO62 Wagga Women's Health Centre Inc

PCO63 End Rape on Campus Australia

PCO65 Dr Arlie Loughnan, Dr Carolyn McKay, Dr Tanya Mitchell and Associate Professor Rita Shackel  

PCO67 Equality Rights Alliance, Young Women's Advisory Group

PCO69 Legal Studies students from St Catherine's School

PCO71 Women's Electoral Lobby

PCO72 Rachael Burgin

PCO73 Law Society of NSW

PCO74 Australian Lawyers Alliance

PCO76 Associate Professor Kelley Burton

PCO77 Elyse Methven and Ian Dobinson

PCO78 Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre Inc

PCO79 White Ribbon Australia

PCO80 University of Technology Sydney

PCO82 Coffs Harbour Sexual Assault Service, Mid North Coast Local Health District

PCO83 NSW Young Lawyers Criminal Law Committee

PCO84 Police Association of NSW

PCO85 Professor Luke McNamara, Professor Julie Stubbs, Dr Bianca Fileborn, Helen Gibbon, Melanie Schwartz and Professor Alex Steel

PCO88 Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia

PCO91 Domestic Violence NSW

PCO92 Dr Julia Quilter

PCO93 Dr Mehreen Faruqi

PCO94 The University of Newcastle Women's Collective

PCO96 Legal Aid NSW

PCO100 Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

PCO103 Sex Workers Outreach Project

PCO104 People with Disability Australia

PCO105 Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety

PCO110 Women Lawyers Association of NSW