Address by Chair of the Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children - 11 December 2015

Office for WomenWomens SafetyCOAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence Against Women and Their Children
Friday, December 11, 2015
Publication author(s):
Ken Lay
Publication abstract:

Address by Chair of the Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children - 11 December 2015

I was pleased today that COAG considered the second report of the Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children.

The Panel has provided recommendations covering the implementation of the priorities COAG identified for urgent and collective action in 2015. We congratulate COAG for the progress made to date on these important initiatives, and for keeping violence against women and their children on the national agenda.

National Domestic Violence Order Scheme – Model Law Framework and information sharing system

The Panel welcomes the development of a model law framework and acknowledges its importance for ensuring women can be confident their safety will not be affected by moving between jurisdictions.

We have recommended First Ministers introduce amendments enabling the model laws for debate in their respective parliaments in the first half of 2016, and agree to implement an information sharing system as soon as possible in 2016 to allow police to share information about orders nationally.

National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions

The Panel strongly supports the National Standards, which have the potential to improve the safety and security of victims by better holding perpetrators of domestic and family violence to account.

Because agreed national standards can only be effective if the performance of our systems against them is transparently reported, we have recommended that First Ministers make public robust reporting and accountability frameworks during 2016. 

Technology-facilitated abuse and online safety

Technology-facilitated abuse is a growing contributor to violence against women and their children in Australia. We have been briefed on the report of the National Cyber Crime Working Group of the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council, and recommend First Ministers agree to implement the report’s recommendations.  

We will be making further technology-specific recommendations in our third report to COAG in 2016.

National campaign to reduce violence against women and their children

The Panel recognises the developmental research undertaken in preparation for the national campaign is some of the most comprehensive and sophisticated qualitative research ever done in Australia on young people’s attitudes to gender based violence. 

The research should inform not only the national campaign, but the long term, collective efforts of governments and civil society to tackle the problem of gender based violence.

The public release of the research by the Prime Minister and the Minster for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP, on 25 November 2015 will allow the insights it contains to be accessed by policy makers, front line service workers, educators and the general public.

This is an important time. We’ve never before seen community expectations at their current level, and it is vital that we build on this momentum to make a real difference to the lives of women and their children.

The Panel’s next task is a third, more substantive report to COAG in early 2016, which will recommend innovative, practical and deliverable proposals and areas for national leadership, including through the third action plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Taking action to reduce violence against women and their children is everyone’s responsibility and the Panel strongly encourages governments to continue to demonstrate national leadership.

Ken Lay APM

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