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 Segrave, Professor JaneMaree Maher, Associate Professor Asher Flynn, Dr Naomi Pfitzner and Professor Jude McCulloch.
Project and Engagement Managers: Dr Jasmine McGowan, Lisa Wheildon and Joshua Thorburn.
Project Update October 2021 - Consultation now complete
The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre (MGFVPC) was 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 Consultation Team conducted workshops and interviews from July - September 2021. During this time the team spoke with more than 450 participants from 345 organisations.
A final consultation report will be delivered to the Department of Social Services in November 2021 and will also be made publicly available.
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 conducted workshops and interviews throughout July, August and September 2021. The workshops and some of the interviews focused on specific themes developed with input from the National Plan Advisory Group and confirmed by DSS.
A National Summit on women’s safety was held on 6 - 7 September 2021. The Summit brought together a large number of experts, service providers and people with lived experience to share their views with Ministers. As part of the Monash Team’s role in the Consultation Project, several Centre researchers attended the pre-Summit roundtables in an observer and scribe capacity.
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.
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 November 2021.