An extraordinary Meeting of Attorneys-General progressed a number of key reforms focused on the Respect@Work report, coercive control and criminal justice response to sexual assault.
Led by Australian Attorney-General, Michaelia Cash, the meeting brought together Attorneys-General from states and territories.
“I called for this additional Meeting of Attorneys-General so that we could come together and continue to progress the significant work being done in a range of areas across jurisdictions,” the Attorney-General said.
Key outcomes included:
- Progressing the implementation of a number of recommendations of the Respect@Work report
- Agreeing to co-design national principles to develop a common understanding of coercive control and consider matters in relation to criminalisation
- Working together to develop a plan of work on criminal justice responses to sexual assault.
The Attorney-General said the meeting advanced proposals critical to keeping women safe.
“We know we must do more to tackle violence against women and children,” she said.
“That is why I called this extraordinary meeting to progress the work on strengthening our justice system to help victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment and coercive control.
“This is a matter of national importance and it needs a national response.
“I would like to thank jurisdictions for their participation and the work that the states and territories are doing to ensure these critical issues are addressed,” the Attorney-General said.