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 to the 2018-19 State Budget process

SASS provided a submission to the 2018-19 Tasmanian State Government Budget. In our submission we advocate for:

Family Violence Amendment Bill 2017

SASS provided comment on the 2017 Family Violence Amendment Bill

SASS submission - Civil penalties regime for non-consensual sharing of intimate images

SASS provided our input into a Federal Government consultation on the establishment of a new prohibition at the Commonwealth level on the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, and the implementation of a civil regime designed to deter and penalise persons and content hosts who share intimate

SASS submission - Evidence and Related Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

The Bill proposed amendments to the Criminal Code Act 1924 to, amongst other things:

SASS submission - Criminal Code Amendment (Protecting Minors Online) Bill 2017

The proposed Bill amends the Federal Criminal Code Act 1995 to introduce an offence criminalising acts done using a carriage service to prepare or plan to cause harm to, procure, or engage in sexual activity with, a person under the age of 16. 

SASS submission - Inquiry into Family Law and Family Violence

SASS provided input into a Commonwealth Parliamentary inquiry into the effectiveness of the federal family law system in supporting and protecting those affected by family violence, especially those who are most at risk.