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 - Senate Inquiry into 'Revenge Porn'

SASS welcomed the opportunity to provide comment into the Senate Inquiry into 'Revenge Porn'. We made a number of recommendations in this area, the details of which can be viewed in our submission. 

SASS submission - Community Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2005

SASS provided detailed comment on the state Government's review of the Community Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2005. 

SASS response to Royal Commission Issues Paper 10: Advocacy and Support and Therapeutic Treatment Services

SASS provided a number of recommendations to the Royal Commission's Issues Paper 10 on the types of advocacy, support and therapeutic treatment services that are effective for victims of sexual violence.


SASS submission - Review of the Law Relating to Self-Defence

SASS provided comment to the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute's review of the law relating to self-defence. 

SASS submission - Criminal Code Amendment (Private Sexual Material) Bill 2015

SASS welcomed the opportunity to provide comment on the proposed Criminal Code Amendment (Private Sexual Material) Bill 2015, which was intended to target individuals who share, or threaten to share, private sexual images or film recordings of others without consent and with the intention of, or

SASS response to Royal Commission Issues Paper 9: addressing the risk of child sexual assault in primary and secondary schools

SASS welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Issues Paper 9: Addressing the risk of child sexual abuse in primary and secondary schools.