Sharing information can help keep victims safe, hold perpetrators to account and provide a better response to family violence.
However, current privacy laws make the process complex.
The Coronial Inquest into the death of Luke Batty recommended we remove barriers to information sharing. The Royal Commission agreed and proposed new laws that would allow greater information sharing, guided by the following principles.
Principles for sharing information
- Simplicity and clarity: the legislation be clear and succinct so it can be effectively applied by front-line workers.
- Safety first: the legislation re-calibrate the balance of a victim survivor's right to safety and a perpetrator’s right to privacy in favour of the victim.
- Appropriate protections: the legislation displace existing privacy protections only to the extent necessary and also preserve victim survivors’ control over sharing of their information.
We will introduce legislation into Parliament in early 2017 to develop a specific family violence information-sharing regime. This will create a ‘trusted zone’ of organisations who can request information from each other for risk assessment and management of victim survivors.
Central Information Point
The statewide Central Information Point (CIP) will provide up-to-date information to assist services in risk assessment and management.
The CIP will be made up of a co-located team of representatives from key government departments. It will provide information to Support and Safety Hubs and other prescribed organisations to better improve risk assessment.
Timely information sharing will ensure risks posed by perpetrators are effectively managed and victim survivors are kept safe.
It will obtain and share information with the Support and Safety Hubs and other organisations to improve our assessment and management of risk.
Improving how we assess and manage risk
We are redeveloping the Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework (CRAF) to provide a consistent approach to risk assessment and management across the state.
This is designed to set clear roles and responsibilities across the system, including specialist family violence, mainstream and universal services.
It will make sure victim survivors, including children, are kept safe through comprehensive assessment processes.
This work will be informed by recommendations from the Coronial Inquest into the death of Luke Batty.