From 27 September 2018, organisations and services prescribed in Phase One of the Child Information Sharing Scheme and Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme will be permitted to share information to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and to identify, assess and manage family violence risk. They will also be required to respond to requests made under these schemes by other prescribed organisations and services.
At the same time, services and organisations prescribed under MARAM will be required to start the process of alignment. Alignment will take time and it is not expected that organisations will have aligned to MARAM prior to 27 September 2018. Rather, organisations will begin to adapt and align their policies, procedures, practice guidance and tools to MARAM.
Organisations and services should update their policies, and procedures, to reflect their new responsibilities under the information sharing reforms and MARAM. This includes identifying, and communicating to staff about who is authorised to share information on behalf of the organisation based on their functions and role.
A range of resources is available to help organisations and services understand their obligations and ensure information is shared in a way that balances the wellbeing and safety of children and families, including victims of family violence, with individuals' privacy.
From 27 September 2018, 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 further guidance to funded, contracted and delivered services to support them with these processes.
Module 1: Introduction to the Information Sharing Reforms and MARAM Framework
This video introduces and provides an overview of the three Victorian Government reforms.
Organisational readiness checklist
A checklist for organisational leaders, to determine responsibilities under both the information sharing schemes and identify policies and procedures that require updating to reflect obligations under the schemes.
Fact Sheet – How do the Information Sharing Schemes work together?
A fact sheet that highlights the differences and intersections between the Child Information Sharing Scheme and the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme.
A fact sheet with tips for information sharing entities (ISEs), to assist them with meeting their record keeping obligations under the two Information Sharing Schemes.
Tips for a conversation with a child and/or parent about information sharing
Tips and conversation prompts for ISEs, explaining the purpose of the two Information Sharing Schemes to a child and/or non-offending parent.
Information Sharing Complaints under the Family Violence and Child Information Sharing Schemes
Frequently asked questions
Child Information Sharing Scheme resources
Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018
The Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018 (the Act) passed Parliament in March 2018 and received royal assent in April 2018. The Act enables authorised professionals and service providers to promote the wellbeing and safety of children through the Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme.
Child Wellbeing and Safety Regulations
The regulations prescribe entities authorised to request and to share information with other prescribed entities for the purposes of promoting child wellbeing or safety, specify record keeping obligations that information sharing entities are required to comply with, and identify relevant secrecy and confidentiality provisions in other Acts, which have become displaced.
Notice of Decision and Statement of Reason
The Notice of Decision and Statement of Reasons outline the response to the key issues raised in public consultation and address the amendments made to the finalised Child information Sharing Regulations.
Child Information Sharing Ministerial Guidelines
The Child Information Sharing Scheme Ministerial Guidelines are made under section 41ZA of the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act. They explain how prescribed information sharing entities should handle confidential information responsibly, safely and appropriately under the Child Information Sharing Scheme. The Guidelines also set out how the legislative principles of the scheme are to be applied.
Child Information Sharing Scheme on a page
Aimed at the whole of community sector, this resource explains the child information sharing scheme in a brief summary.
Child Information Sharing Pathway Infographic
Shows how practitioners would approach the wellbeing of a child while considering the intersection of all three reforms.
Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme resources
Family Violence Information Sharing 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.
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.
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.
Overview of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme
Provides an overview of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme on a page.
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 responding to a request
Checklist for ISEs on how to respond to a request to share information.
Information sharing consent form (for adult victim survivors only)
Example consent form about information sharing for ISEs to use with an adult victim survivor.
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 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.
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.
Example record keeping form
An example of a record keeping form for ISEs on requirements under the scheme.
The MARAM Framework (Policy document)
The MARAM Framework will support professionals across the service system to better understand their responsibilities to undertake risk assessment and management, including information sharing and working collaboratively.
Framework on a page
MARAM organisational check list
A checklist guide to support organisational leaders with aligning their organisational policies, procedures, practice guidance and tools to MARAM.
MARAM responsibilities decision guide for organisational leaders
High-level guidance for organisational leaders on determining MARAM responsibilities.