Consider legislative reform to limit the necessity for victims bringing separate proceedings

In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Department of Justice and Community Safety

The Victorian Government consider any legislative reform that would limit as far as possible the necessity for individuals affected by family violence with proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria to bring separate proceedings in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in connection with any tenancy related to the family violence.

  • As part of our approach, the Department of Justice and Community Safety will prepare detailed policy advice to the Attorney-General and Minister for Consumer Affairs on the legislative amendments that the Royal Commission asked the Government to consider. This advice will take into account the work of Consumer Affairs Victoria and its review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, the recent passing of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 and the implementation of recommendations 60, 61 and 62.

  • The Department of Justice and Community Safety is developing policy advice and reform options for the Government to consider, informed by targeted consultation with relevant stakeholders, reforms to the residential tenancies jurisdiction and reforms to the jurisdiction and procedures of the Magistrates’ Court.

  • Forecast implementation date: 30 July 2021.

Reviewed 17 May 2020

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