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Ensure compliance with the Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence

Recommendation:
044
Status:
Implemented

Who is leading the change

  • Victoria Police

The Victorian Government and Victoria Police establish a regular cycle of comprehensive and independent audits of Victoria Police’s compliance with the Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence. The results of the audits should be published, and include, among other things, any divisional variation and the measures that will be taken to resolve any concerns.

  • As part of our approach, Victoria Police will develop an audit framework to implement this recommendation.

  • Victoria Police has established a regular cycle for the audits to be conducted annually (a minimum of two audits will be conducted each year from 2020).

    Victoria Police will undertake a comprehensive and independent audit of areas of significant organisational risk as a result of non-compliance with the Victoria Police Manual and/or Code of Practice. The ‘areas of significant organisational risk’ would be identified through the planned increase in data collection and reporting as Victoria Police continues to implement Recommendations 43, 47, 48, 53 and 55.

    The organisational benefit from scoping an audit focused on specific identified areas where compliance is not strong will enable the audit to provide more comprehensive insight into the fundamental issues driving the lack of compliance to inform immediate policy and practice changes.

    The approach will also enable the outcomes to be fed into the annual planning process and capability uplift priorities. The model would also allow a number of audits to be conducted each year rather than a single audit every 5 years. This will better support organisational risk mitigation by allowing the outcomes to continually feed into the annual planning process at the organisational and command level.

    Outcomes from the audits will be published and available to both internal and external audiences.

  • Implemented.

Reviewed 17 May 2020

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