2017

In 2017, our core federal policy areas were:

Further information about our federal policy areas can be viewed under 'Our work'.

Here is an overview listing of all submissions provided in 2017.

Submission To Date

Privacy

Access to telecommunications data in civil proceedings: Response to Consultation Paper circulated by the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Communication and the Arts

Attorney General's Department and the Department of Communications and the Arts

Report

27 January 2017

NDIS

The provision of hearing services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS

Report

30 January 2017

Immigration rights

Inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes

Appendix (Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants' End of Mission to Australia Statement)

Joint Standing Committee on Migration

Report

31 January 2017

Human rights

Inquiry into whistleblower protections in the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors (redacted)

Joint Committee
on Corporations and Financial Services

Report

10 February 2017

NDIS

The provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition

Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS

Report

27 February 2017

Royal Commission

Case Study 51: policies and procedures of the Commonwealth government in relation to child-protection and child-safety standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse (Comments in relation to immigration detention)

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Report

1 March 2017

Insurance and superannuation

An inquiry into consumer protection in the banking, insurance and financial sector

Senate Standing Committees on Economics

Report

7 March 2017

NDIS

Review of National Disability Insurance Scheme Costs

Productivity Commission

Position Paper

Report

24 March 2017

Insurance and superannuation

Submission to the ISWG's discussion paper Account balance erosion due to insurance premiums

The Insurance in Superannuation Working Group (ISWG) 7 April 2017

Access to justice (Queensland)

Proposed amendments to the Health Ombudsman Act 2013 (QLD)

Queensland Health 7 April 2017

Human rights

Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2016

Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Report

12 April 2017

Social welfare

Design, scope, cost-benefit analysis, contracts awarded and implementation associated with the Better Management of the Social Welfare System initiative ('Robodebt')

And subsequent appearance at public hearing, on 18 May 2017. (Greg Barns and Anna Talbot can be read from p16.)

Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs

Report

19 April 2017

Human rights

Women in Combat Duties - Reservation Withdrawal

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

Report

20 April 2017

Comcare (Queensland)

Public Health (Infection Control) Amendment Bill 2017 (QLD)

Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Violence Prevention Committee

Report

20 April 2017

Compensation (South Australia)

Review of the Motor Vehicle Accidents (Lifetime Support Scheme) Act 2013 (SA)

Parliament of South Australia Social Development Committee

21 April 2017

Human rights

Review of ASIO's questioning and detention powers

And subsequent appearance at public hearing, on 16 June 2017. (Anna Talbot, ALA Legal and Policy Adviser, can be read from p17.)

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

26 April 2017

Workplace Health and Safety (Queensland)

Best practice review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Supplementary Submission:

  1. Supplementary Submission regarding Best Practice Review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (submitted June 2017)

Queensland Government

Report

May 2017

Human rights

Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Report

3 May 2017

Criminal justice

Criminal Code Amendment (Protecting Minors Online) Bill 2017

Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Report

4 May 2017

Human rights

Open letter calling for Australia's ratification of the Optional Protocol to the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (signed with Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and other civil society organisations)

Senator the Hon George Brandis QC and the Hon Julie Bishop MP 5 May 2017

Human rights (Queensland)

Letter to the A-G advocating for a Queensland Human Rights Act

Queensland Attorney General 5 May 2017

Human rights

Australia: review of fifth periodic report

United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Concluding Observations

5 May 2017

Compensation

Review of the Lifetime Care and Support Scheme

And subsequent appearance at public hearing, on 2 June 2017. (Genevieve Henderson can be read from p3.)

NSW Parliament Standing Committee on Law and Justice


Report

5 May 2017

Insurance and superannuation

Submission to the ISWG's discussion paper Claims handling

The Insurance in Superannuation Working Group (ISWG)

Code of Practice

10 May 2017

Insurance and superannuation

Submission to the ISWG's discussion paper Member communication and engagement

The Insurance in Superannuation Working Group (ISWG)

Code of Practice

2 June 2017

Freedom of speech

The Future of Public Interest Journalism

And subsequent appearance at public hearing, on 23 November 2017. (Dr Andrew Morrison and Anna Talbot, ALA Legal and Policy Adviser, can be read from p7.)

Senate Select Committee on Public Interest Journalism

Report

15 June 2017

NDIS

National Disability Insurance Scheme Costs (Response to Position Paper released on 14 June 2017.)

Productivity Commission

Position Paper

Report

12 July 2017

Surety Bond

Independent review of the Surety Bond scheme

KPMG 12 July 2017

Immigration rights

Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017

And subsequent appearance at public hearing, on 23 August 2017. (Dr Andrew Morrison and Anna Talbot, ALA Legal and Policy Adviser, can be read from p40.)

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Report

21 July 2017

Police oversight (Victoria)

Joint letter regarding the inquiry into the external oversight of police corruption and misconduct in Victoria

Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) Committee 3 August 2017

Immigration rights

Australian Border Force Amendment (Protected Information) Bill 2017

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Report

28 August 2017

Human rights

Australia's Compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR): Australian NGO Coalition Submission to the Human Rights Committee

United Nations Human Rights Committee

Concluding Observations

September 2017

Insurance and superannuation

Superannuation: Assessing Competitiveness and Efficiency

Productivity Commission 4 September 2017

Royal Commission

NSW Government consultation in relation to the civil litigation recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Justice, Strategy and Policy; NSW Department of Justice

4 September 2017

Financial services

Competition in the Australian Financial System

Productivity Commission 22 September 2017

Financial services

Treasury Laws Amendment (Putting Consumers First—Establishment of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority) Bill 2017

Senate Standing Committees on Economics

Report

29 September 2017

Administration of justice

Review of police stop, search and seizure powers, the control order regime and the preventative detention order regime

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

Report

16 October 2017

Insurance and superannuation

Insurance Draft Insurance in Superannuation Code of Practice and consultation paper

The Insurance in Superannuation Working Group (ISWG) 18 October 2017

Compensation

Statutory review of the State Insurance and Care Governance Act 2015

Standing Committee on Law and Justice

Report

6 November 2017

Compensation

Establishment of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) Consultation Paper

AFCA Transition Team, Financial Services Unit, The Treasury 27 November 2017