The practice of dowry and the incidence of dowry abuse in Australia

14 February 2019

© Commonwealth of Australia 2019
ISBN 978-1-76010-898-4

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Members of the committee (PDF 27KB)
Recommendations (PDF 23KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and background (PDF 56KB)
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of this report
Chapter 2 - The legislative framework (PDF 96KB)
Federal law
State and Territory family/domestic violence laws
International approaches to dowry abuse
Chapter 3 - The criminal law (PDF 89KB)
Criminalising dowry
Slavery and slavery-like practices
Extradition laws
Committee view
Chapter 4 - Family law (PDF 86KB)
Should dowry be explicitly referenced in the Family Law Act?
Committee view
Property settlement
Committee view
Chapter 5 - Migration law (PDF 128KB)
The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children    
Dowry abuse and the Migration Regulations
Committee view
Protection from family violence for visa holders
Chapter 6 - Policy reform (PDF 98KB)
Data collection
Committee view
Raising awareness of dowry abuse
Committee view
Additional Remarks from Government Senators (PDF 43KB)
Comment of Government Senators on the recommendations of the Majority Report
Australian Greens additional comments (PDF 23KB)
Additional comments regarding Recommendation 5
Culturally appropriate protection and support services
Appendix 1 - Submissions, additional information, answers to questions on notice and tabled documents (PDF 17KB)
Additional Information
Answers to questions on notice
Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 14KB)
Members in attendance: Senators Ian Macdonald, Pratt.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
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Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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