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Additional services were prescribed under the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme on 27 September 2018.

Organisations prescribed as ISEs should update their policies and procedures to reflect their responsibilities under the new information sharing reforms. This includes communicating to staff about who is appropriately authorised to share information on behalf of the organisation. That is, organisations will need to consider what staff should be authorised to share information (in relation to family violence risk assessment and management and child wellbeing and safety), based on their functions and role.

A range of organisations were also prescribed under MARAM on 27 September 2018.  Prescribed organisations and services are required to start aligning their policies, procedures, practice guidance and tools to MARAM. It is not expected that organisations will have aligned to MARAM from day one. Instead, MARAM alignment is progressive and will take time.

The Department of Justice and Regulation, the Department of Education and Training, the Department of Health and Human Services, Courts and Victoria Police will provide guidance to funded, contracted and delivered services to support them with these processes.

Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme resources

The following resources are available to assist ISEs to understand their obligations and ensure information is shared in a way that balances the safety of family violence victims with individuals’ privacy.

Family Violence Information Sharing Ministerial Guidelines

The responsible Minister has issued Guidelines under Part 5A, which are legally binding for all prescribed Information Sharing Entities (ISEs) (except courts). The Guidelines provide direction to ISEs on how to apply Part 5A in sharing information with other ISEs in relation to assessing or managing risk of family violence and includes guidance and resources to ensure that information is shared appropriately and responsibly.

Ministerial Guidelines - Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme Ministerial Guidelines - Family Violence Information Sharing SchemePDF (5.81 MB)

Ministerial Guidelines - Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme - Accessible version Ministerial Guidelines - Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme - Accessible versionDOC (2.37 MB)

Family Violence Information Sharing Ministerial Guidelines - Summary

This document provide a summary of the Family Violence Information Sharing Ministerial Guidelines and explains how to share information under the scheme in relation to assessing or managing risk of family violence.

Family Violence Information Sharing Guidelines - Summary Family Violence Information Sharing Guidelines - SummaryPDF (1.84 MB)

Family Violence Information Sharing Guidelines - Summary - Accessible version Family Violence Information Sharing Guidelines - Summary - Accessible versionDOC (956.86 KB)

A guide for ISEs on how to share information

This is a guide for ISEs on how to share information that is relevant to assessing and managing risk of family violence.

A guide for ISEs on how to share information A guide for ISEs on how to share informationPDF (1.94 MB)

Overview of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme

Provides an overview of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme on a page.

Overview of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme Overview of the Family Violence Information Sharing SchemePDF (2.05 MB)

Information sharing process checklist when making a request

Checklist for ISEs to assist them in making a request under Part 5A of the scheme.

Information sharing process checklist when making a request Information sharing process checklist when making a requestPDF (726.08 KB)

Information sharing process checklist when responding to a request

Checklist for ISEs on how to respond to a request to share information.

Information sharing process checklist when responding to a request Information sharing process checklist when responding to a requestPDF (860.79 KB)

Information sharing consent form (for adult victim survivors only)

Example consent form about information sharing for ISEs to use with an adult victim survivor.

Information sharing consent form (for adult victim survivors only) Information sharing consent form (for adult victim survivors only)PDF (756.64 KB)

Tips for conversations with adult victim survivors about consenting to information sharing

Tips and conversation prompts for ISEs on how to explain information sharing to an adult victim survivor.

Tips for conversations with adult victim survivors about consenting to information sharing Tips for conversations with adult victim survivors about consenting to information sharingPDF (854.14 KB)

Tips for a conversation with a child victim survivor or parent who is not a perpetrator

Tips and conversation prompts for ISEs on how to explain information sharing to child victim survivors and/or a parent who is not a perpetrator.

Tips for a conversation with a child victim survivor or parent who is not a perpetrator Tips for a conversation with a child victim survivor or parent who is not a perpetratorPDF (855.83 KB)

Your information and your safety factsheet

This fact sheet is for clients who are victim survivors and outlines what information may be shared with them and with others to manage their safety.

Your Information and Your Safety factsheet Your Information and Your Safety factsheetPDF (787.72 KB)

Example record keeping form

An example of a record keeping form for ISEs on requirements under the scheme.

Example record keeping form Example record keeping formPDF (792.19 KB)

MARAM resources

The Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework

MARAM will support workers across the service system to better understand their responsibilities to undertake risk assessment and management, including information sharing and working collaboratively.

Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management FrameworkPDF (856.94 KB)

Framework on a page

Framework on a page Framework on a pagePDF (210.75 KB)

MARAM alignment checklist

Checklist guide for organisational leaders to start aligning their organisational policies, procedures, practice guidance and tools to MARAM.

MARAM alignment checklist MARAM alignment checklistPDF (122.57 KB)

MARAM responsibilities: Decision guide for organisational leaders

High-level guidance for organisational leaders on determining MARAM responsibilities.

MARAM responsibilities: Decision guide for organisational leaders MARAM responsibilities: Decision guide for organisational leadersPDF (167.85 KB)

Note: Further guidance on determining MARAM responsibilities will be provided by Departments and funding agencies.

MARAM will be supported by operational practice guidance. This guidance is currently in development and will be provided at a later date.

Child Information Sharing Scheme resources

A range of resources to support organisations to meet their obligations under the Child Information Sharing Scheme are available via www.infosharing.vic.gov.au

Integrated resources

The majority of organisations and services will be prescribed under the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme, the Child information Sharing Scheme and MARAM.

A range of integrated resources are available on the information sharing and MARAM website: www.vic.gov.au/infosharing/resources