Sexual Offences and Obscene Publications Bill

Closes 4 Feb 2019

Opened 10 Dec 2018


The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is consulting on a draft Sexual Offences and Obscene Publications Bill 2018.

The purpose of the Bill is to modernise and consolidate the legislation and address important matters such as:  

  • updating the definition of consent to ensure that it provides appropriate and clear protection for victims
  • reviewing sentences for offences
  • addressing image-based abuse
  • modernising the legislation relating to pornography and obscene publications and
  • the pardoning and removal of criminal records relating to historic consensual homosexual offences

Why We Are Consulting

The DHA is seeking views on a number of aspects of the legislation to ensure it provides an appropriate framework for preventing, protecting from, and prosecuting sexual offences. 

Give us your views


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  • Anyone from any background


  • Legislation
  • Criminal Justice