Family Violence Consultations: A new information sharing scheme to improve victims’ safety and hold perpetrators to account

A new information sharing scheme to improve victims’ safety and hold perpetrators to account received Royal Assent on 14 June 2017,  as part of The Family Violence Protection Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2017 (the Act). It will allow a trusted circle of prescribed organisations to share information to assess and manage risks posed by a perpetrator of family violence to help keep people safer.

The scheme is expected to be operational by early 2018, initially rolled out within a tranche of organisations that will include the Support and Safety Hub launch sites. The purpose of this consultation is to ensure these documents support the understanding and application of the new scheme and the regulations can operate effectively in practice.

You are encouraged to share with your networks and provide feedback as part of ensuring the effective practice of keeping victims of family violence safer and holding perpetrators to account.

The following documents can be obtained via the Victorian Government’s family violence reform website or by contacting Family Safety Victoria on (03) 9194 3244:
• Draft Ministerial Guidelines: will assist information sharing entities to understand their obligations under Part 5A and ensure that information is shared in a way that appropriately balances the safety needs of family violence victims with an individuals’ right to privacy.
• Draft Regulations: identifies the organisations to be prescribed in the initial tranche, proposes record keeping obligations and specifies secrecy and confidential provisions contained in other Acts that will be overridden by Part 5A.
• Regulatory Impact Statement: assesses the impact of regulations on government and the community sector.
• Information Sheet & Frequently Asked Questions.

The draft Ministerial Guidelines, the draft Regulations, and the Regulatory Impact Statement will be available for consultation for a period of 28 days. You can provide feedback via a written submission or by attending one of the workshop consultations that will take place throughout Victoria during the consultation period. You can register your interest in attending a workshop here.

All written submissions should be marked ‘Family violence information sharing reforms’. Submissions must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 13 October 2017 via email to: mailto:infosharing@familysafety.vic.gov.au or by mail to: Family Safety Victoria, Risk Management and Information Sharing, GPO Box 4057, Melbourne, Victoria, 3001

Thank you for taking the time to review these documents and for your support in implementing these vital family violence reforms in Victoria.
If you have any questions about the public consultation process, please contact Family Safety Victoria on (03) 9194 3244.

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