Who is leading the change
Department of Premier and Cabinet
The Victorian Government require all ministers to report regularly on the risks and opportunities in their portfolio relevant to family violence. The charter letters of all ministers should require them to consider the effect of proposed policies or legislation in their portfolios on the Statewide Family Violence Action Plan and family violence.
Discussion on the risks and opportunities in each minister's portfolio occurs through the Social Services Taskforce, the Industry Taskforce and the Cabinet committee relating to family violence reform. These forums provide a robust and rigorous process to ensure regular ministerial reporting.
As part of our approach, the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) has been tasked with ensuring consideration of the effect of proposed policies or legislation on Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change (10 Year Plan) and Rolling Action Plans. DPC will also take a whole of reform view in its central monitoring and reporting role.
In addition, the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor has been established to:
- oversee the implementation of Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change (10 Year Plan)
- oversee our progress on implementation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations
- report regularly on risks and opportunities
All ministers, and the government as a whole, are ensuring that family violence is considered and ingrained in all aspects of our work. This is being facilitated through a comprehensive governance and decision-making structure that is enabling a more cohesive and connected response.
In mid-2016 ministers agreed on the allocations of all Royal Commission recommendations, including the responsibilities for implementation and reporting on progress being made.
The Cabinet committee and Victorian Secretaries Board Sub-Committee on Family Violence Reform are enabling extensive internal collaboration, overseeing the overall strategic management of the family violence reform agenda and considering reporting from departments and ministers on the implementation status of recommendations.
Extensive collaboration and strategic management of the risks and opportunities relevant to family violence are being enabled through the Industry and Social Services Taskforces established in mid-2016. These taskforces provide advice to and across ministerial portfolios, departments and the wider sector on linkages and cross-cutting elements of the reform agenda.
These and other governance forums will be critical in implementing family violence reform as well as broader reform of the social services and justice systems.
The 2017-18 State Budget allocated an unprecedented $1.91 billion investment into family violence reform, this included $17.5 million for monitoring and reporting of the implementation of Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations and related family violence reform work.
As part of this investment, a dedicated Family Violence Branch has been established in the Department of Premier and Cabinet to monitor and report from a whole of reform view. This reporting includes risks and opportunities that exist within specific areas of work, as well as those that cut across the whole of family violence reform agenda.
This recommendation is implemented.