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The Commission is reviewing WA's sexual offence laws and the legal concept of 'consent'.
Current Projects

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

On 23 December 2022, the Commission released Volume 1 of a Discussion Paper (Objectives, Consent and Mistake of Fact) which outlines options and poses questions about changing Western Australia’s sexual offence laws.

Individuals and organisations can provide a submission on one or more of the options and questions in Volume 1 of the Discussion Paper and Background Paper. An online survey is also now available in relation to Volume 1 of the Discussion Paper. This survey addresses selected issues from the Discussion Paper.

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.

Submissions on Volume 1 close on 17 March 2023.

Page reviewed 25 January 2023