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The Commission is reviewing WA's sexual offence laws and the legal concept of 'consent'.
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Project 113 - Sexual Offences

The Law Reform Commission of Western Australia is to review Chapter XXXI of the Criminal Code Compilation Act 1913 (WA) (Code) and sections 186, 191 and 192 of the Code and provide advice for consideration by the Government on possible amendments to enhance and update these provisions (and related or ancillary provisions or legal rules), having regard to contemporary understanding of, and community expectations relating to, sexual offences.

Terms of Reference for the project have been received.

Current status

The Commission has now completed the Final Report for Project 113 and submitted it to the Attorney General for tabling in Parliament. Further updates will be available on this page.

On 10 February 2023, the Commission released Volume 2 (Offences and Maximum Penalties) of a Discussion Paper which outlines options and poses questions about changing Western Australia’s sexual offence laws. This follows on from the release of Volume 1 (Objectives, Consent and Mistake of Fact) and Background Paper on 20 December 2022.

A series of short Issues Papers dealing with individual topics discussed in Volume 1 of the Discussion Paper has also been prepared to assist you to understand individual topics and access information in the Discussion Paper.

Individuals and organisations were invited to provide submission or complete an online survey on one or more of the options and questions in Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the Discussion Paper and Background Paper. The Commission also held consultations with reference groups, organisations or persons who wished to contribute to law reform in this area.