Social Policy

TMagnifying glass over bookshe SASS Policy team conducts research to:

  • Identify, explore and advocate for the needs of our clients, their families and support professionals.
  • Explore and advocate for structural reform to better prevent and respond to sexual violence at a societal level. 
  • Ensure that SASS programs, policies and practices are based on best practice.

SASS believes first and foremost that survivors of sexual violence are the experts in this area. We strive to incorporate and represent the views of survivors in all of our policy work and advocacy efforts.


Our Policy team also:

  • Prepares submissions to Federal and Tasmanian State Government inquiries and processes.
  • Provides input into and advocates for reform to sexual assault legislation.
  • Undertakes internal evaluations to ensure that SASS programs and practice benefit from continuous improvement.
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SASS submission: Disability Royal Commission Issues Paper - Health Care for People with Cognitive Disability

SASS recently provided a submission to the Disability Royal Commission in response to their issues paper on health care for people with cognitive disability. In our submission we focused on a number of issues, including:

SASS submission: Disability Royal Commission Issues Paper - the Criminal Justice System

SASS welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Disability Royal Commission's issues  paper on the Criminal Justice System. The Issues Paper invited comment on key issues that people with disability face when they come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Joint SASS & WLST submission: Draft Evidence (Children and Special Witnesses) Amendment Bill 2020

SASS and Women's Legal Service Tasmania (WLST) recently submitted a joint submission to the Tasmanian Department of Justice regarding the Draft Evidence (Children and Special Witnesses) Amendment Bill 2020.

SASS submission - Renaming Sexual Offences consultation paper

SASS recently submitted a response to the Tasmanian Government's consultation paper on Renaming Sexual Offences.

SASS submission - Evidence Amendment Bill 2020

SASS recently submitted our response to the Tasmanian Government's Evidence Amendment Bill 2020. The Bill proposes a change to the law to allow adult victims of sexual assault to identify themselves should they wish to do so.

SASS Submission - Discussion Paper: Section 194K of the Evidence Act 2001

SASS has provided feedback to the Tasmanian Government on their Discussion Paper on s194K of the Evidence Act 2001. S194K prohibits the publication of a victim’s name or any identifying details in cases of sexual assault.