Making a submission to the Protection for First Responders and Corrections Officers Bill

Every year, thousands of police, ambulance, and corrections officers are assaulted. And it’s increasing.

In August 2019 alone, there were over 200 assaults on St John Ambulance staff.

Our first responders operate in high-risk, urgent and potentially life-threatening situations. It is our responsibility to ensure they are safe when doing their job.

Now is your opportunity to tell our politicians what you support or what you’d like to change in the Bill.



Writing a submission

  1. Make your introduction. Assume the reader doesn’t know who you are. Personalise it by giving your own experience and perspective.

  2. State what you support in the Bill and why. Include any changes or additions that you think would strengthen protections for First responders.

  3. Back your submission up with facts and references to provide a strong argument.

  4. If you would like to speak to the Justice Select Committee at a public hearing, you must include your real name in your submission.  


What does speaking at a public hearing mean?

During the select committee process, you have the opportunity to speak to the Justice Select Committee at a hearing. This is where you can put democracy in action and voice your opinion.


Support our bottom-line features of the Protection for First Responders and Corrections Officers Bill

  1. The Bill creates a new offence called ‘Injuring a First responder with Intent to injure’. This holds a maximum 10 year sentence.

  2. The new offence also provides a 6 month mandatory minimum sentence for those who seriously injure first responders.

  3. Emergency services workers will be included in the Summary Offences Act 1981, along with police, prison, or traffic officers. Lower assaults can be met with up to 6 month imprisonment or a fine up to $4,000.  

  4. We added an amendment to make assaults against corrections officers cumulative. This means those who assault corrections officers will only be given prison time that is additional to what they are already serving.



Submissions close at midnight on Wednesday the 12th of February 2020.

Have your say, make a submission today.

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.