The Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor
Report of the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor as at 1 November 2017
The Monitor tabled his first report to Parliament on 10 May 2018. View the report.
The Role of the Family Violence Implementation Monitor
The purpose of the Monitor is to hold the government and government agencies to account for implementing the family violence reform package that arose out of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The position was created after the Royal Commission into Family Violence released its report, and the Monitor is an independent officer of the Parliament.
The Monitor is required to independently monitor and report on the progress against the government’s family violence Implementation Plan (referred to by the Royal Commission as the State-wide Action Plan) and the recommendations outlined in the Royal Commission’s report. The Monitor is required to report the findings of his monitoring activities to Parliament “as at” 1 November each year. His first report covers the period from January 1 2017 – November 1 2017.
The role of the Monitor supports the effective implementation of the family violence reforms by:
- identifying and sharing better practice
- alerting decision makers to increased risks when they arise
The role includes reporting to Parliament and the community on the progress and effectiveness of the reforms.
View a fact sheet on the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor.
Who is the Monitor
Tim Cartwright APM is the inaugural Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor. Mr Cartwright commenced work in his role as Monitor in August 2016, enabling him to establish his office prior to the passage and commencement of the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor Act 2016 . On 1 January 2017, the Governor in Council appointed him under section 7 of the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor Act 2016.
Read more about the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor.
The monitoring methodology for the period 1 January – 1 November 2017
In order to hold the government to account for the implementation of the reform and the Royal Commission recommendations, the Monitor focused his work in this monitoring period on the necessary foundations of a major reform program. These included examining the government’s progress in:
- undertaking whole-of-reform planning of sufficient detail, robustness and feasibility to support the effective overall implementation of the reform and the implementation of the Royal Commission’s recommendations. In particular, planning activities needed to include consideration of sequencing, prioritisation and interdependencies between implementation activities.
- establishing whole-of-reform and agency governance arrangements to support timely decisions, risk management and monitoring of progress
- establishing internal and external reporting on the reform, including to senior decision-makers, that is accurate, reliable, and robust
The government’s nominated implementation plan documents are:
- the 10 year plan for change (Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change)
- the recommendation by recommendation public acquittal website
As per the Monitor’s first report these documents are not sufficiently robust to meet the planning needs of the reform. While the 10-year plan is an important foundational document, neither of these documents contained enough detail nor did they sufficiently consider sequencing and interdependencies.
In the absence of sufficient quality planning, the Monitor sought to try to establish what progress was being made, and to support better planning, governance and reporting. This drove the monitoring activities for the period and the report to Parliament. These activities included reviewing agency management of reform-related activities at a whole-of-reform as well as a project level, attending governance body meetings as an observer, engaging with agencies to identify key risks, examining internal controls underpinning project and program reporting, providing feedback to agencies and governance bodies on key areas of risk and opportunity, and encouraging agencies to put systems in place that provide governance bodies with accurate, timely and relevant information about the progress of the reform at an agency and whole-of-reform level.
- Royal Commission into Family Violence
- The Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor Act 2016 is available on the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents site.