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Sector and partners

Working closely with family violence and family services sectors and community organisations, we are delivering transformative reforms across government and the broader social services.

Updated communication materials about the progress of key reforms will be regularly shared on this page to keep you informed and support your engagements.

Information on the specific key reforms Family Safety Victoria is responsible for is detailed below:

Support and Safety Hubs

The establishment of Hubs represents a landmark reform. The Hubs will fundamentally change the way that services support women, children and families experiencing family violence or needing support with the care, development and wellbeing of children.

The Hubs will also focus on the perpetrator and the risks they pose, planning for interventions that address the risks they pose and hold  to keep them to account.

The Hubs will be rolled out in stages. Overtime, Hubs will expand their role based on evidence and collaborative input from across government and community service organisations.

A statewide briefing on the Support and Safety Hubs was held in Melbourne on 17 October 2017, to provide an update on the progress to date and upcoming opportunities to engage.

The Support and Safety Hubs delivery model and approach to implementation, presented by Annette Lancy, Executive Director, System Policy and Reform, Family Safety Victoria.

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Governance and engagement to support local planning and implementation, presented by Kelly Stanton, Executive Director, Support and Safety Hubs Operations, Family Safety Victoria.

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Available resources

Download presentation and factsheets provided at the statewide briefing for the Support and Safety Hubs below.

Statewide briefing presentation

Support and Safety Hubs - Statewide briefing presentation Support and Safety Hubs - Statewide briefing presentationPPT (5.18 MB)

Factsheets

Factsheet - About the Support and Safety Hubs Factsheet - About the Support and Safety HubsPDF (121 KB) Factsheet - Support and Safety Hubs - Process to date and next steps Factsheet - Support and Safety Hubs - Process to date and next stepsPDF (120.8 KB) Factsheet - Risk assessment and information sharing at Support and Safety Hubs Factsheet - Risk assessment and information sharing at Support and Safety HubsPDF (120.28 KB) Factsheet - What Support and Safety Hubs mean for the community sector Factsheet - What Support and Safety Hubs mean for the community sectorPDF (137.69 KB) Factsheet - How Support and Safety Hubs will support women, children and families Factsheet - How Support and Safety Hubs will support women, children and familiesPDF (116.49 KB) Factsheet - Support and Safety Hubs - Meeting the needs of Aboriginal Victorians Factsheet - Support and Safety Hubs - Meeting the needs of Aboriginal VictoriansPDF (103.07 KB) Factsheet - How Support and Safety Hubs will engage with perpetrators of family violence Factsheet - How Support and Safety Hubs will engage with perpetrators of family violencePDF (88.36 KB)

To help better deliver services that will work for the people who need them, independent review was commissioned on Hub-like models in other jurisdictions, and consultation was undertaken with service users to inform the Statewide concept for the Support and Safety Hubs.

Support and Safety Hubs  Concept Design: Engagement with people who have used services Summary and Findings - Internal Report - June 2017 Support and Safety Hubs Concept Design: Engagement with people who have used services Summary and Findings - June 2017PDF (262.53 KB) Review of multi-agency models for multi-agency risk assessment and management and integrated service delivery Review of multi-agency models for multi-agency risk assessment and management and integrated service deliveryPDF (668.63 KB)

Find more information on the Support and Safety Hubs page.

The Central Information Point

By giving frontline workers access to crucial information in a single report, they will be able to make better informed decisions about a person’s safety much faster, potentially saving lives.

The Central Information Point will allow representatives from across Court Services Victoria, Victoria Police, Corrections and the Department of Health and Human Services to consolidate critical information about perpetrators into a single report for frontline workers.

Available resources

The Central Information Point - Case Study The Central Information Point - Case StudyPDF (512.36 KB) The Central Information Point - FAQs The Central Information Point - FAQsPDF (81.3 KB)

Information sharing and risk management

Information sharing

The Victorian Government has created a new family violence information sharing scheme to allow for information to be more easily shared to keep victim survivors of family violence people safe and hold perpetrators to account.

The new law family violence information sharing scheme has been created through amendments to the Family Violence Protection Act 2008.

A 28 day public consultations on the draft Ministerial Guidelines, draft Regulations and the Regulatory Impact Statement (the RIS) information sharing scheme have been completed and submissions are currently being reviewed.

Available resources

Factsheet - Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme Factsheet - Family Violence Information Sharing SchemePDF (937.59 KB) Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme - FAQs Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme - FAQsPDF (312.03 KB) Draft Ministerial Guidelines - Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme Draft Ministerial Guidelines - Family Violence Information Sharing SchemePDF (2.31 MB) Draft Ministerial Guidelines - Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (accessible format) Draft Ministerial Guidelines - Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (accessible format)DOC (53.46 KB) Draft Family Violence Protection (Information Sharing) Regulations 2017 Draft Family Violence Protection (Information Sharing) Regulations 2017PDF (346.59 KB) Draft Family Violence Protection (Information Sharing) Regulations 2017 (accessible format) Draft Family Violence Protection (Information Sharing) Regulations 2017 (accessible format)DOC (4.43 MB) Regulatory Impact Statement - Ministerial Guidelines - Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme Regulatory Impact Statement - Ministerial Guidelines - Family Violence Information Sharing SchemePDF (1.02 MB) Regulatory Impact Statement - Ministerial Guidelines - Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (accessible format) Regulatory Impact Statement - Ministerial Guidelines - Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (accessible format)DOC (977.01 KB)

Find out more about the new information sharing scheme here.

Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework

The Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework (the Framework) is currently being redeveloped in line with Recommendation 1 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

The new Framework will allow greater awareness of information relevant to family violence risk assessment and management, to better protect victims and hold perpetrators to account. It will ensure:

  • all parts of the service system have a shared understanding of risk
  • workers have the skills and a framework to guide appropriate action
  • there is a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of other parts of the system to coordinate and implement safety and accountability planning

Family Safety Victoria hosted a number of public consultations on the Framework in regional Victoria during October 2017 and the feedback from these consultations will support the refinement of the new Framework.