A Joint-Select Committee of Parliament was established in December, 2016 to complete a review of the Sexual Offences Act, and consider sections of other legislation aimed at protecting women, children, the disabled and the elderly from violence and abuse. JFJ will be participating closely in the review to ensure that a human rights approach to protecting persons from violence is integrated throughout the process. This space contains core information about the process, key resources, and recordings of Committee sessions. We will frequently update it.
Mandate of the Committee
As per the minutes of the House of Representatives and the Senate, its duties are:
Complete the required statutory review of the Sexual Offences Act;
Consider and review existing legislation which purport to, among other things, protect women, children, the disabled and the elderly from violence and abuse, being the Sexual Offences Act, the Offences Against the Person Act, the Domestic Violence Act and the Child Care and Protection Act, with particular emphasis on the offences and punishment under these legislation with regard to: a) The murder of pregnant women; b) The assault of women, children and the elderly; c) Sexual offences against women, children and the elderly; d) Such other violent crimes against women, children, the disabled and the elderly as may be deemed to be necessary for the review.
To make recommendations for legislative amendment, not restricted to the stated legislation under review, for the better administration of justice and the effective protection of these special groups, as the Committee deems necessary.
The Committee may also include a review of the Sexual Offences (Registration of Sex Offenders) Regulations
Members of the Committee:
Submissions from government offices, international agencies, civil society, and the public at large on various areas of the laws are linked below.
Recordings of Committee Sessions: