About the reforms

What are the reforms?

The Victorian Government is introducing three reforms that will be integral to promoting the wellbeing and safety of children and reducing family violence.

  • the Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme, which enables prescribed organisations and services to share information to promote the wellbeing and safety of children
  • the Family Violence Information Sharing (FVIS) Scheme, which enables prescribed organisations and services to share information to facilitate assessment and management of family violence risk to children and adults
  • the Multi Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM Framework), which sets out the responsibilities of different workforces in identifying, assessing and managing family violence risk across the family violence and broader service system

Together, these reforms create a more collaborative, integrated system that will help improve outcomes for all Victorian children and families.

When do the reforms commence?

The Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme has been operational since 26 February 2018 for an initial group of ISEs.

From 27 September 2018, a number of organisations will be prescribed under the Child Information Sharing Scheme and the next phase of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme, and will be required to commence alignment with MARAM (Phase One commencement).

There will be phased roll-out of these reforms to organisations and services based on readiness, and to allow for knowledge and capability building.

Which organisations are being prescribed?

From 27 September 2018, organisations that provide the following services will be prescribed:

Organisations prescribed under MARAM, the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme and the Child Information Sharing Scheme

  • State-funded specialist family violence services including family violence counselling, therapeutic programs and perpetrator intervention
  • State-funded sexual assault services and sexually abusive behaviour treatment services
  • The Orange Door (Support and Safety Hubs)
  • Risk Assessment and Management Panels
  • Child Protection
  • Registered community-based child and family services
  • Out-of-home care services
  • Designated mental health services
  • State-funded alcohol and other drugs services
  • Department of Health and Human Services Housing
  • State-funded homelessness accommodation or homelessness support services (providing access point, outreach and accommodation services)
  • Maternal and Child Health Services
  • Youth Justice and funded programs, including the Youth Parole Board (Secretariat)
  • Perpetrator intervention trials
  • Justice Health and funded programs (for children)
  • Victoria Police
  • Victims of Crime Helpline
  • Victims Assistance Program-funded services
  • Multi-Agency Panels to Prevent Youth Offending

Organisations only prescribed under MARAM and the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme

  • Court-ordered family violence counselling services
  • Corrections Victoria and Corrections funded services
  • Adult Parole Board
  • Victims Support Agency
  • Justice Health and funded services (for adults)
  • State-funded financial counselling programs
  • Tenancy Advice and Advocacy Program
  • Magistrates’ Court officials
  • Children’s Court officials

Organisations only prescribed under the Family Violence and Child Information Sharing Schemes

  • Disability Services Commissioner
  • Commission for Children and Young People

Organisations only prescribed under the Child Information Sharing Scheme

  • Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Phase Two commencement

Additional organisations from health, human services, and justice and education sectors are likely to be prescribed under the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme, the Child Information Sharing Scheme and MARAM from 2020.

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