What is a submission?
Submissions are individuals’ and groups’ ideas or opinions about the law being reviewed. Submissions can be anything from a personal story about how the law has affected you, to a research paper complete with footnotes and bibliography. When the Commission calls for submissions, we want to hear from anyone who has experience with the law under review. It does not matter if you only have one or two points to make—we still want to hear from you.
What are submissions used for?
Submissions help the Commission understand different views and experiences about the law it is researching. We use information in submissions, and from consultations, along with other research to write our reports and develop recommendations.
How do I make a submission?
Submissions can be made in writing or in the case of those requiring assistance, verbally to one of the Commission staff. There is no particular format that has to be followed, however, there are usually questions posed in a consultation or information paper and it helps us if those questions are addressed.
Submissions can be made by:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail: PO Box 4637, GPO Melbourne Vic 3001
- Fax: (03) 8608 7888
- Phone: (03) 8608 7800, 1300 666 557 (TTY) or 1300 666 555 (cost of a local call).
Anyone who requires an interpreter, or needs assistance to have their views heard can contact the Commission.
Publication of submissions
The Commission is committed to open access to information and we publish submissions on our website to encourage discussion and to keep the community informed about our projects.
We will not place on our website, or make available to the public, submissions that contain offensive or defamatory comments or which are outside the scope of the reference. Before publication, we may remove personally identifying information from submissions that discuss specific cases or the personal circumstances and experiences of people other than the author. Personal addresses and contact details are removed from all submissions before they are published.
The views expressed in the submissions are those of the individuals or organisations who submit them and their publication does not imply any acceptance of, or agreement with, these views by the Commission.
We keep submissions on the website for 12 months following the completion of a reference. A reference is complete on the date the final report is tabled in Parliament. Hardcopies of submissions will be archived and sent to the Public Records Office Victoria.
The Commission also accepts submissions made in confidence. These submissions will not be published on the website or elsewhere. Submissions may be confidential because they include personal experiences or other sensitive information. Any request for access to a confidential submission will be determined in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic), which has provisions designed to protect personal information and information given in confidence. Further information can be found at http://www.foi.vic.gov.au.
Please note that submissions that do not have an author or organisation’s name attached will not be published on the Commission’s website or made publicly available and will be treated as confidential submissions.
When you make a submission you must decide how you want your submission to be treated. Submissions are either public or confidential.
- Public submissions can be referred to in our reports, uploaded to our website and made available to the public to read in our offices. The names of submitters will be listed in the final report. Private addresses and contact details will be removed from submissions before they are made public.
- Confidential submissions are not made available to the public. Confidential submissions are considered by the Commission but they are not referred to in our final reports as a source of information or opinion other than in exceptional circumstances.
We ask that you let us know your preference when you make your submission. If you do not tell us you want your submission treated as confidential we will treat it as public.
If you do not put your name or an organisation’s name on your submission, it will be difficult for us to make use of the information you have provided. If you have concerns about your identity being made public, please consider making your submission confidential rather than submitting it anonymously.