National Plan Stakeholder Consultation Project

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


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 PlanThe Consultation Team conducted workshops and interviews from July - September 2021. The team engaged with more than 450 participants from 345 organisations.

The final stakeholder consultation report has been delivered to the Department of Social Services. This report will be made publicly available by the Department.


Related project

The MGFVPC was also contracted by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to complete an additional stage of the consultation with victim-survivor advocates.

You can read about this stage of the consultation to inform the next National Plan here.


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) was contracted by the Department of Social Services to undertake key elements of the Australian Government’s consultation to inform the next National Plan.

The purpose of the consultations was to identify key issues to be considered and priority areas for action in the next National Plan. Virtual workshops and interviews were held over an 11-week period from early July 2021 to mid-September 2021. The Monash Consultation Team engaged 492 individuals from 338 organisations. The findings of the workshops and interviews aim to inform the development, implementation, governance and impact measurement of the next National Plan.


Approach to Consultation

The stakeholder consultation involved four key stages:

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 with 492 stakeholders. 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.

A final stage of this consultation project was conducted in October and November 2021 and involved a dedicated consultation with victim-survivor advocates. Click here for more details on this stage of the consultation.


The Consultation Team

The Monash 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.


Acknowledgements

The Monash Consultation Team would like to acknowledge and extend our thanks to all the Australian stakeholders who participated in this consultation and shared their expertise and experience with us. Your insights have been vital to this process and we are extremely grateful for your time and your ongoing commitment to shaping and improving the prevention of, and responses to family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia. We acknowledge that our consultation occurred during a period when many Australian states and territories were moving in and out of periods of COVID-19 related lockdowns. For some stakeholders this meant participating from home, while juggling family commitments, and during periods of increased service demand. We are sincerely grateful you were willing to contribute to this consultation.

More Information

Project Contact: Kate Fitz-Gibbon, kate.fitzgibbon@monash.edu

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/

The final stakeholder consultation report has been delivered to the Department of Social Services.