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Victim Survivors' Advisory Council

Putting people with lived experience of family violence at the heart of the reform agenda.

The Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council (VSAC) was created to give people with lived experience of family violence a voice and ensure they are consulted in the family violence reform program.

It was formed in July 2016 to represent all ages, genders, demographics and communities. 2015 Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, was our first chairperson.

Our role

  • Place people with lived experience at the centre of family violence reform.
  • Include people who have experienced family violence in service design of family violence reforms.
  • Advise on how family violence reform initiatives will impact on people who use services.
  • Ensure the government’s response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence meets the expectations of people with lived experience.
  • Ensure advice to the government reflects the diversity of the family violence experience.
  • Provide advice on specific issues requested by the Family Violence Committee of Cabinet and/or the Family Violence Steering Committee.


The below video has been produced that encapsulates the council's extraordinary work from 2016 - 2019 in helping to end family violence.

Reviewed 26 February 2020

Family violence reform

Contact VSAC

Victim Survivors' Advisory Council Department of Health and Human Services

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