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Chapter 3: Legislation and regulations

The legislative structure around MARAM is shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: Overview of legislation, policy and frameworks that support Victoria’s response to family violence

The top line contains the legislative provisions in the Family Violence Protection Act. Part 11 enables the Minister to approve a framework for family violence response and require framework organisations to align with it. It also establishes formal review and reporting mechanisms. Part 5A of the Act enables the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS).

The second line references the regulations and legislative instruments that operationalise Part 11 and Part 5A of the Act. These name the prescribed workforces and services, and define the core components of the framework and report requirements.

The third line contains the policy documents, namely MARAM and the FVISS Ministerial Guidelines.

The fourth and last line has the supporting resources that put the policy into practice. This includes the MARAM Practice Guides for practitioners, as well as embedding guidance for  organisational leaders. This image only highlights the resources produced centrally by Family Safety Victoria as lead agency, and not the many tailored and updated resources applicable to various workforces.

The left side of the image refers to the legislated 5-year evaluations, the first of which will take place in 2022–23. The two-year evaluations were initiated by Family Safety Victoria to guide the implementation activities.