Women with disabilities: publications

Women with Disabilities ACT, updated 2019

On this page you can find all of Women with Disabilities ACT’s major submissions to government, research reports and policy statements. Accessible versions have been provided where possible.

Some relevant documents on the page include:

  • Contraception, Consent, Respectful Relationships & Sexuality, May 2019 [pdf] [docx]
  • WWDACT Submission to the Inquiry into Maternity Services in the ACT, January 2019 [pdf] [docx]
  • Contraception and Consent: A Comparative Analysis of the Legal Frameworks for Accessing Contraception, August 2017 [pdf] [docx]
  • WWDACT Submission on the Inquiry into the Crimes (Consent) Amendment Bill 2018, September 2018 [pdf]
  • WWDACT Letter Supporting the Crimes (Consent) Amendment Bill 2018, March 2018 [pdf]
  • WWDACT Submission to the Justice and Community Safety Directorate: Sexual Assault Guidelines – Restorative Justice Referrals February 2018 [pdf]
  • WWDACT Submission to Discussion Paper: Domestic and Family Violence – Policy Approaches and Responses, September 2017 [pdf]
  • WWDACT Submission to the ALRC—Family Violence Cth Laws 2011, October 2011 [pdf] [Rich Text]

Access webpage here 

The Ban on ‘Amyl’

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recently postponed its decision on whether or not to change the law around alkyl nitrites (the active ingredient in ‘amyl’ or ‘poppers’). Currently, the TGA is conducting public consultations into the proposed amendments that could see amyl recategorised as a ‘prohibited substance’.

The legal consequence of this decision could see amyl fall into the same category as prohibited drugs like heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine, with serious penalties for their possession, use or supply. This issue has raised concerns within our communities where amyl is used during sex.

Submissions to the TGA

The deadline for written submissions to the TGA closed on 15 January 2019; however, a number of organisations expressed their concerns including:

Earlier this month, the Nitrites Action Group (comprised of community health advocates, researchers, and clinicians) released guidelines around community submissions to the TGA.

 

Sex workers call for better education around kids and porn – not censorship

The Age, March 29, 2016 – 10:04PM

The peak body for Australian sex workers has called for better education to help children deal with pornography if they are exposed to it, rather than increased censorship.

A Senate inquiry into the potential harm being done to Australian children “through access to pornography on the internet” has been inundated by more than 140 submissions.

  • Read more of article here
  • Access the submissions to the Senate Committee here (NB: the Scarlet Alliance submission is submission number 119)

Submissions to the Sex Work Decriminalisation Select Committee close on 16th October

Submissions to the Sex Work Decriminalisation Select Committee (South Australia)  close on the 16th of October.

The purpose of the Bill is to amend various pieces of legislation to decriminalise sex work and extend protections to provide sex workers with the same rights and protections as other workers.

The Bill to decriminalise sex work in SA was read for a second time on Wednesday (9th September) in the Upper House.

The Bill has now been sent to a select committee of 7 politicians. This means that they meet to discuss the Bill and debate amendments to it.

The committee requires submissions from sex workers and organisations and community members to assist them in their decision making processes.

Submissions can be sent to: Leslie Guy, Secretary to the Committee, Legislative Council Select Committee on the Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill 2015 via email leslie.guy@parliament.sa.gov.au

  • Read more (SA Parliament) here
  • Read Amnesty International’s Q&A on decriminalising sex work here
  • See details of SIN’s letter writing day for submissions on 7th October (Facebook event) here