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Working together

Information sharing reforms

Investment: $11.7 million over 4 years

Supports Royal Commission recommendations: 5, 6

Supports the Coronial Inquest into the death of Luke Batty recommendations: 3, 4

In March 2017, we introduced legislation to create a specific family violence information sharing regime. The regime will create a ‘trusted zone’ of organisations who can request information from each other to undertake risk assessment and risk management for victims of family violence. This will include the ability to share information about perpetrators without their consent.

This model is a significant shift in how information is shared across the family violence response system.

Improving our approach to data collection

Supports Royal Commission recommendations: 152, 170, 204, 205

The better use of existing data resources, combined with identifying and addressing gaps to collect the right data, will improve our understanding of the incidence, prevalence and nature of family violence.

We will improve the consistency and quality of data collected to ensure that the best available data is available for decision-making.

To do this we are investing $0.8 million over 4 years, building on the $0.3 million in the 2016-17 State Budget. This includes:

  • working with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to develop a Family Violence Data Clearinghouse
  • incorporating additional questions about family violence in Aboriginal communities within an existing Australian Bureau of Statistics Aboriginal population based household survey
  • developing the Victorian Family Violence Data Framework
  • improving the use of our existing data resources by redeveloping the Victorian Family Violence Database.

 

Central Information Point

Investment: $84.5 million over 2 years in addition to $5 million over 2 years to develop a robust business case for an ongoing and sustainable CIP automated solution

Supports Royal Commission recommendations: 7, 8, 9

Supports the Coronial Inquest into the death of Luke Batty recommendation: 5

In line with the establishment of the first 5 Support and Safety Hubs, we will establish a Central Information Point (CIP)  that will bring together previously siloed information from:

  • Victoria Police
  • Courts
  • Corrections Victoria
  • Department of Health and Human Services.

The CIP will be a key foundational reform.  It will offer prompt access for practitioners in the Support and Safety Hubs to obtain the critical information they need to strengthen their risk assessment and risk management function. This will improve the quality of measures designed to keep victims safe and hold perpetrators to account.

 

Reforming our approach to funding, accountability and evaluation

Supports Royal Commission recommendations: 8, 9, 11, 19, 37, 58, 87, 88, 94, 95, 123, 142, 144, 147, 148, 167, 171, 189, 194, 202, 203, 217, 218, 219, 223, 224, 225, 226

To help us plan for the future we are investing $13.3 million over 4 years to develop a system-wide understanding of the services people experiencing family violence are likely to need.  

We are also developing a consistent approach to funding and pricing these services to support greater integration and flexibility, and to ensure greater transparency and better value for public money. This includes:

  • developing a demand modelling tool
  • developing a new pricing framework in consultation  with the sector to underpin the implementation of a new funding approach.

We are investing $5.7 million over 4 years to embed the Family Violence Outcomes Framework. This includes: 

  • collecting data and tracking our progress against the Outcomes Framework
  • encouraging local councils to report on and assess the outcomes of services they provide to victims and perpetrators of family violence
  • trialling new funding approaches and linking funding to outcomes and evaluation.

We are investing $13.6 million over 4 years to establish an innovative partnership model of evaluation that will provide practical support and guidance across departments. This partnership will be responsible for:

  • developing improved evaluation standards for family violence services
  • working with departments to build and enhance their capability and capacity to undertake robust program evaluations
  • undertaking high quality, rigorous system-wide and program level evaluations
  • providing a central point for building and sharing evidence about what works and what has not worked to support a culture of continuous improvement across family violence services.

To further strengthen our capability to complete high quality evaluations, we are investing $17.3 million over 4 years to build on existing departmental capabilities and improve the rigor around program and system level evaluations.

Working in partnership

Supports Royal Commission recommendations: 69, 105, 162, 191, 227

In 2016, we were at the forefront of driving for change and encouraged and worked with federal counterparts to improve the support and response to those experiencing family violence.

We will build on this work and continue to advocate for change by:

  • bringing a paper to the Council of Australian Governments in 2017 proposing long-term options for improved cross-jurisdictional funding arrangements in family violence and related services
  • advocating for the Commonwealth Government to amend the National Employment Standards to include an entitlement to paid family violence leave for employees
  • pursuing the expansion of resourcing for legal services to support victims navigating through the Commonwealth, state and territory family law systems
  • supporting Victorian and Commonwealth Health Ministers to work together to determine whether gaps exist in primary health care for women experiencing domestic violence
  • working to enhance protection for migrant victims of family violence under Australian law by collaborating with senior officials from all states and territories.