Submissions deadline extended due to COVID-19 lockdown

The Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce has responded to the latest COVID-19 restrictions by extending the closing date for submissions on its first discussion paper by one week.

Submissions on Discussion Paper 1 – Options for legislating against coercive control and the creation of a domestic violence offence will now be accepted until Friday 16 July 2021.

The Chair of the Taskforce, the Honourable Margaret McMurdo AC, said it was important the Taskforce remain flexible, particularly due to the unpredictability of Covid-19.

‘We know that organisations are busy gathering feedback from members and clients to prepare their submissions,’ Ms McMurdo said.

‘We hope this extension will give organisations impacted by this current lockdown additional time to complete their submissions.’

The discussion paper gives an overview of how Queensland’s laws currently respond to domestic and family violence, outlines the risks and benefits of introducing new legislation, and presents 13 options for legislating against coercive control.  

The Taskforce is due to deliver its final report on Discussion Paper 2021 in October 2021.

The submission deadline for the Taskforce’s second discussion paper Women and Girls’ experience of the criminal justice system currently remains unchanged - Friday 23 July 2021.

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