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Consider adjusted budget systems for preventing and responding to family violence

Recommendation:
218
Status:
In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Department of Premier and Cabinet

The Victorian Government, in preparing the Statewide Family Violence Action Plan, consider whether further changes should be made to budget systems to better reflect the central role of government in preventing and responding to family violence.

  • Funding and budget reform initiatives are being developed to enable and support reforms to service delivery.

    Funding and budget reform will look at long-term changes to support a more flexible, integrated and coordinated service system. This work includes:

    • developing cross-portfolio funding and accountability to support initiatives across different areas of government
    • developing an outcomes framework to establish a focus on common outcomes across government
    • improving the contractual arrangements and pricing of family violence services to allow for more flexible, people-centred services
  • The Family Violence Outcomes Framework has been developed, which was published in Ending Family Violence: Victoria's Plan for Change (10 Year Plan). Indicators for the framework were included in the first family violence Rolling Action Plan. Measures are being developed for each indicator, before implementing the necessary data collection and analysis needed to track progress against these outcomes.

    Work has commenced to design possible cross-portfolio funding mechanisms and improvements to pricing, funding models and contractual arrangements for service providers. Government will test and progressively implement these reforms to funding over the next 10 years, using evidence from initial trials to ensure a smooth and effective transition.

    This work includes a project to examine the current pricing of family violence and related services and develop a more consistent pricing model that better reflects the true costs of service delivery and people-centred services.

  • Forecast implementation date: 31 March 2021.

Reviewed 17 May 2020

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