National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their children


One in three Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15. Almost one in five have experienced sexual violence. It is time for that to change.

The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan) brings together the efforts of governments across the nation to make a real and sustained reduction in the levels of violence against women.

It is the first plan to coordinate action across jurisdictions. It is the first to focus strongly on prevention. It is the first to look to the long term, building respectful relationships and working to increase gender equality to prevent violence from occurring in the first place. It is the first to focus on holding perpetrators accountable and encourage behaviour change.

The National Plan sets out a framework for action over the next 12 years. This plan shows Australia’s commitments to upholding the human rights of Australian women through the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Declaration to End Violence Against
Women and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

The National Plan has been built from an evidence base of new research and extensive consultation with experts and the community.

The National Plan will be implemented through four three-year plans, with the “First Action Plan: Building Strong Foundations” for 2010–2013 published in this plan. It seeks six national outcomes through the implementation of a wide range of strategies.

By working together and challenging the attitudes and behaviours that allow violence to occur, all Australian governments are saying a very loud “no” to violence.

The National Plan is underpinned by the belief that involving all governments and the wider community is necessary to reducing violence in the short and longer terms. No government or group can tackle this problem alone.

While living free from violence is everyone’s right, reducing violence is everyone’s responsibility.

Endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG):

The Hon. Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon. Kristina Keneally MP, Premier of New South Wales
The Hon. Ted Baillieu MP, Premier of Victoria
The Hon. Anna Bligh MP, Premier of Queensland
The Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia
The Hon. Mike Rann MP, Premier of South Australia
The Hon. Lara Giddings MP, Premier of Tasmania
Mr Jon Stanhope MLA, Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory
The Hon. Paul Henderson MLA, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory

Content Updated: 26 September 2013