Strengthening the criminal law in response to child sexual abuse

Discussion Paper - Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Western Australian Government is committed to creating a Safer WA for all Children.

The Western Australian Department of Justice plays a significant role in responding to, and implementing, recommendations made within the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

This Discussion Paper relates to the 18 criminal law recommendations within the Royal Commission’s Criminal Justice Report relating to criminal offences, sentencing legislation, and criminal appeals. This includes criminal offences such as grooming, failing to report child sexual abuse and failing to protect a child from sexual abuse, and new sentencing measures such as removing prior good character as a mitigating factor in sentencing perpetrators of child sexual abuse.

The Western Australian Government has accepted in principle all of these recommendations under consideration in this Discussion Paper.

The Department is asking for submissions in response to the specific questions in this Discussion Paper.

Refer to the Department of Premier and Cabinet website for further information about what the Western Australian Government is doing to respond to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Make a submission

If you wish to respond to questions on matters contained in this paper, you can make a written submission. If you are unable to make a written submission but would like to provide your input, please contact the Department on the email address provided to enquire about alternative means. Do not contact this email for general enquiries about the Royal Commission.

It is not required that you respond to every question asked, or respond to all of the nine issues canvassed in this Discussion Paper.

To be considered by the Department of Justice, submissions must be received by close of business 18 October 2019.

Submissions should be titled 'Strengthening the criminal law – Discussion Paper' and preferably emailed to:

This response may contain material that is confronting and distressing. If you require support, please visit the Support Services page for a list of available support services or contact Lifeline on 131 114.

This Discussion Paper does not cover matters related to the National Redress Scheme. If you require further information on the National Redress Scheme, please visit the Victims of Crime website.

If you are a victim of crime, please visit the Victims of Crime website for a range of further information, including victim assistance, support, safety and reporting crime.

Last updated: 2-Sep-2019

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