Who is leading the change
- Department of Premier and Cabinet
The Victorian Government investigate options for increasing its capacity to invest in preventing and responding to family violence, including by:
- redirecting existing revenue sources towards family violence expenditure
- identifying new revenue sources
- exploring the possibility of entering into a partnership agreement with the Commonwealth Government in areas of overlapping responsibility
The 2019/20 State Budget includes $185.5 million in initiatives to continue landmark reforms to the family violence system, prevention, and gender equality initiatives.
In May 2017, the Victorian Government announced a $1.9 billion package to address the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. This is the largest single investment by any state, territory or federal government to address and prevent family violence. It marked a significant step in a long-term process to overhaul the system, improve the lives of victim survivors and change attitudes towards women.
This funding package extends across metropolitan, regional, rural and remote communities and provides more crisis housing, support services and specialist services for children and Aboriginal Victorians. It also supports programs to promote respect, equality and safety in the community and schools.
This funding package is in addition to the initial $572 million announced in April 2016 to start delivering on the most urgent recommendations of the Royal Commission.
Victoria continues to explore options for new revenue sources, including ongoing engagement with the Commonwealth on funding areas of overlapping responsibility.
In December 2018, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reaffirmed its strong commitment to working collaboratively to address domestic, family and sexual violence.
In March 2019, the Commonwealth Government released Our Investment in Women’s Safety, which commits $328 million to the fourth and final Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022.
Victoria is continuing to explore longer term options for optimising cross-jurisdictional funding arrangements for family violence and related services.
Reviewed 17 May 2020