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The Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme

The Royal Commission into Family Violence acknowledged that organisations that work with victims and perpetrators of family violence collect a wide variety of information in order to keep victims safe and hold perpetrators to account.

The Commission also identified barriers that prevent information from being shared as effectively as it could be and found that the failure to share crucial information with frontline workers can have catastrophic consequences.

In response to the Commission’s findings, the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (the scheme) has been created by Part 5A of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 and the Family Violence Protection (Information Sharing and Risk Management) Regulations 2018.

The scheme does not interfere with existing legislation that allows information to be shared, such as privacy or child protection legislation.

Changes have also been made to Victorian privacy legislation that information can be shared in order to lessen or prevent a serious threat to an individual's life, health, safety or welfare.

The scheme began on 26 February 2018 for a select group of prescribed information sharing entities (ISEs).

Additional organisations were prescribed as ISEs on 27 September 2018. For a list of ISEs prescribed under the FVIS Scheme, please see Implementation.