National Plan Consultation Project

Chief Investigators: Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Associate Professor Silke Meyer and Dr Karen Gelb.
Subject Matter Experts: Samantha Wild, Rosie Batty, Associate Professor Marie SegraveProfessor JaneMaree MaherAssociate Professor Asher FlynnDr Naomi Pfitzner and Professor Jude McCulloch.
Project and Engagement Managers: Dr Jasmine McGowan and Lisa Wheildon.


About this project

The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (National Plan) is Australia’s overarching strategy to address domestic, family and sexual violence. The Australian Government, with support from state and territory governments, is leading the development of the next National Plan, which will take effect from mid-2022.

The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre (MGFVPC) has been contracted by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to undertake key elements of the Australian Government’s consultation to inform the next National Plan.

The purpose of the consultations is to identify key issues to be considered and priority areas for action in the next National Plan.


Approach to Consultation

On 1 April 2021, the House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs delivered its report on family, domestic and sexual violence. The inquiry findings, along with a comprehensive schedule of public and targeted consultation activities, will inform the development of the next National Plan.

A public consultation, in the form of an online survey, was open from 7 April to 31 July 2021 on the DSS Engage platform.

The Consultation Team will be undertaking workshops and a small number of interviews throughout July and August 2021. Workshops will focus on specific themes developed with input from the National Plan Advisory Group and confirmed by DSS.

A National Summit on women’s safety will be held on 6 - 7 September 2021. The Summit will bring together a large number of experts, service providers and people with lived experience to share their views with Ministers.  The Consultation Team will facilitate a number of roundtables at the Summit and will provide a link with outcomes of consultations that occur prior to the Summit.


The Consultation Team

The Consultation Team includes experienced researchers and experts with substantive expertise in lived experience, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, domestic and family violence, sexual violence, justice system responses, perpetrator interventions, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, women with disability, children and young people, technology-facilitated abuse, coercive control, risk assessment and management, information sharing, workplace interventions, gender equality and primary prevention.


More Information

For more information on the consultation process and development of the next National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children,  visit: https://engage.dss.gov.au/developing-the-next-national-plan-to-reduce-violence-against-women-and-their-children/

A final consultation report will be delivered to the Department of Social Services in August 2021.