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Oversight

Governance, oversight and engagement to deliver the next phase of the reform

Overview

Over the next phase of the reform we will continue to monitor progress against 'Ending Family Violence: Victoria's Plan for Change' (the 10-year plan) by linking governance and oversight of the reform agenda even more closely to the outcomes we want to see and the actions we are taking.

Over the last four years we have established effective reform oversight, and governance has evolved to respond to the maturity and progress of the reform. This is consistent with findings by the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor that governance should adapt over the life of the reform.

We know that reform needs to be underpinned by strong governance arrangements and transparent reporting.

Reform governance

Our governance and reporting structures will continue to adapt to reflect the current stage of reform implementation and provide insight into the impact of the reform.

The Victorian Secretaries Board and the Family Violence Reform Interdepartmental Committee provide strategic oversight and ensure effective risk management, accountability, collaboration and coordination across the reform.

This reform level oversight is complemented by cross-departmental program boards, steering committees and working groups that monitor project delivery and risks, develop policy, evaluate delivery and share learnings.

Sector, community and lived experience

The safety of victim survivors relies on how well the family violence system supports them and helps them navigate the system. Effective governance of the reform includes understanding how people experience the system. We work with key sector and lived experience groups to support this.

    • Dhelk Dja: Safe Our Way – Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families 2018-2028 is the key Aboriginal-led Victorian agreement that commits Aboriginal communities, Aboriginal services and government to work together and be accountable for ensuring that Aboriginal people, families and communities are stronger, safer, thriving and living free from family violence.
    • The Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum and its members are the individual and collective champions and strategic leaders that oversee the Dhelk Dja 10-Year Agreement and rolling action plans.
    • It is their responsibility to work closely with the community and stakeholders to implement Dhelk Dja and ensure that the principles of self-determination are at the heart of the Partnership Forum’s work.

    Dhelk Dja in the Rolling Action Plan

    • enables people with lived experience of family violence to contribute to the family violence reform
    • helps ensure the voices of victim survivors remain at the centre of reform design and delivery
    • means government directly hears the needs and expectations of people with different lived experience
    • ensures that advice to government reflects the diversity of the family violence experience

    Victim Survivors' Advisory Council

  • We will establish the Family Violence Reform Advisory Group, replacing the Family Violence Steering Committee.

    The new group will:

    • comprise experts and representative groups from across the family violence sector
    • provide advice to the Minister for Prevention of Family Violence and government departments to realise the vision of the Rolling Action Plan 2020-2023 and the 10-year plan
    • cover both prevention and response and provide advice on a range of reform priorities, including sexual assault, workforce, The Orange Door network, MARAM, legal services, children and housing
    • form time-limited working groups as required to work on specific reform deliverables, high-priority issues or policy challenges reported to the Family Violence Reform Advisory Group
    • have representation from and strong connections to the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council, Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum, Principal Strategic Advisors and Regional Family Violence Integration Committees

Independent accountability

In 2016, the Victorian Government appointed the first ever Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor (the Monitor) to hold the Victorian Government and agencies to account for implementing the family violence reform.

The Monitor's annual reports have given us important information about the progress of the reform and areas where greater attention has been required.

The Monitor’s role includes monitoring and reviewing the progress and effectiveness of government agencies in implementing the reform, in particular implementation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence (RCFV) recommendations and the 10-year plan.

The Monitor is expected to table the final implementation report to parliament in early 2021 as required under the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor Act 2016.

In early 2021 we will work with the Monitor to develop the forward workplan and approach for the next stage of reporting.

Family Violence Outcomes Framework

The Family Violence Outcomes Framework (FVOF) translates the vision in the 10-year plan into a set of outcomes, indicators and measures, helping to communicate key priorities, why they matter and what reform success looks like.

The four FVOF domains reflect the long-term outcomes to be achieved through the reform:

  • family violence and gender inequality are not tolerated
  • victim survivors, vulnerable children and families, are safe and supported to recover and thrive
  • perpetrators are held accountable, connected and take responsibility for stopping their violence
  • preventing and responding to family violence is systemic and enduring

Domains 1, 2, 3 and 4

Domain 1, Family violence and gender inequality are not tolerated. Domain 2, Victim survivors, vulnerable children and families are safe and supported to recover and thrive. Domain 3, Perpetrators are held accountable, connected and take responsibility for stopping their violence. Domain 4, Preventing and responding to family violence is systemic and enduring.
Domains 1, 2, 3 and 4
Download Domains 1, 2, 3 and 4

The FVOF was developed in consultation with the family violence service delivery sector, victim survivors and community members. The framework was first published in the 10-year plan in 2016.

A refreshed FVOF for the Rolling Action Plan 2020-2023

We have refreshed aspects of the FVOF. These are the key updates:

The prevention-focused domain outcomes and indicators have been updated

  • now aligned to the outcomes and indicators published in the first action plan of Free from Violence and the refreshed Gender Equality Outcomes Framework

New outcomes and indicators have been developed for the perpetrator-focused domain

  • follows a significant refresh in 2020, in collaboration with sector stakeholders, to ensure the domain reflects the need for a mutually reinforcing ‘web of accountability’ that links all parts of government, justice and social services sectors

Indicators for the system-focused domain have been developed and existing outcomes refined

  • following the design of key operational elements of the family violence reform agenda, such as the establishment of Respect Victoria, The Orange Door network, Specialist Family Violence Courts, and the redevelopment of the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework
  • new outcomes (and corresponding indicators) have been developed that focus on early intervention

The Rolling Action Plan identifies where each priority area action is likely to have the most impact on the FVOF outcomes for the next three years. By delivering these actions we will be helping to ensure the reform is having the desired impact.

Family Violence Outcomes Framework

Using the FVOF to measure and evaluate reform progress

As we get closer to implementing all Royal Commission recommendations, we will increasingly use the FVOF to demonstrate progress and reform impact.

Reporting occurs at different levels of the reform, with project reporting at an entity/delivery level and overall reform reporting though the cross-government governance structures. We will continue to improve reporting on the reform to make sure it is fit for purpose and reflects the stage of the reform. 

Outcomes measurement is a long-term approach. Change takes time: changing community attitudes about gender, for example, can take decades. 

We recognise that more work is required to finalise the measures to show how the reform is having an impact. The FVOF Measurement and Monitoring Implementation Strategy uses a staged approach towards comprehensive outcomes reporting. We will build our evidence through data, evaluations and research.

Our reporting approach

Our reporting approach supports monitoring across the reform with reference to:

The Royal Commission into Family Violence

  • oversight of implementation of all 227 RCFV recommendations

The 10-Year Plan

  • monitoring activity outlined in Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change, and the accompanying rolling action plans

Family Violence Outcomes Framework

  • implementation of and reporting against the FVOF.

Our reporting intentions are to:

  • remain adaptive and enable improvements as the family violence reform implementation evolves
  • use both qualitative and quantitative data to support the delivery of evidence-based reporting
  • provide the reform story of outcome progress in the family violence system for victim survivors, the family violence sector, and government

Royal Commission recommendations

The Victorian Government has committed to implement all 227 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Of the recommendations still in progress, one relates to reflecting the central role of government in preventing and responding to family violence.

Building the Rolling Action Plan 2020-2023

Family violence reform is a whole of Victorian Government initiative. The delivery actions in the Rolling Action Plan have been developed collaboratively within government, and with sector and victim survivor stakeholders progressively over the last 12 months.

Public and sector consultation

Public engagement was held between July and September 2020 via Engage Victoria and virtual stakeholder workshops. We shared with the sector and the community an early draft of the Rolling Action Plan, framed around the priority areas.

The feedback we received has been extensive. It has provided valuable insight which has helped guide the final form of this plan. We will continue to reflect on and consider the information provided as we continue to deliver the reform.

Engage Victoria

Engage Victoria social media tile for rolling action plan consultation
Engage Victoria social media tile for rolling action plan consultation

365 survey responses were received on the Engage Victoria platform on vic.gov.au. The respondent profile comprised:

  • 2,253 unique visitors
  • 59% metro Melbourne
  • 19% regional Victoria
  • 80% family violence and related workforces
  • 17% victim survivors

Stakeholder engagement sessions

We held more than 20 stakeholder engagement sessions including:

  • Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council: four deep-dive workshops on topics of members’ choosing
  • Dhelk Dja Forum: two-hour workshop facilitated by PwC Indigenous Consulting Unit
  • Statewide sector groups including: Statewide Family Violence Integration Advisory Committee, Women’s Health Services, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
  • Peak bodies including: No to Violence, Domestic Violence Victoria, Councils for Sexual Assaults Forum (now Sexual Assault Services Victoria), Women’s Legal Service, Victorian Legal Aid, Federation of Community Legal Centres, Our Watch, Victorian Pride Lobby
  • Commissioner meetings: Senior Victorians, LGBTIQ+, Children and Young People, Aboriginal Children and Young People.

Summary of activities to 2023

Reviewed 19 April 2021

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