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First mention date for a safety notice no later than 14 days after the notice


Who is leading the change

  • Department of Justice and Community Safety

The Victorian Government amend section 31 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) to stipulate that the first mention date for a family violence safety notice must be no later than 14 days after the notice, or form of notice, is served.

  • As part of our approach, the Department of Justice and Community Safety developed legislative amendments to address Recommendations 22, 30(a), 57, 72, 75, 76, 78, 132, 138 and 150 for inclusion in the Family Violence Protection Amendment Bill 2017.

    Stakeholders have been consulted, and feedback has been sought on the draft Bill to identify any outstanding technical or policy issues.

    Stakeholders consulted during this process included representatives across government and non-government organisations within the specialist family violence, justice, children and families, and legal services sectors as well as various committees. For example, the Chief Magistrate’s Family Violence Taskforce, the Family Violence Steering Committee, the Judicial Advisory Group on Family Violence, the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council, and the LGBTI Justice Working Group.

  • The Family Violence Protection Amendment Act 2017 was passed by the Victorian Parliament on 10 May 2017.

    The amendments implementing recommendation 76 commenced on 1 September 2018.

  • Implemented.

Reviewed 17 May 2020

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