Announcement of Commonwealth Contribution to the Fourth Action Plan
On 5 March 2019, the Australian Government announced a $328 million package to reduce violence against women and children. This represents the Australian Government’s contribution to the Fourth Action Plan 2019-2022, the final plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
The package includes funding to develop Australia’s first national prevention strategy to stop domestic and family violence and sexual assault, and continue to change the attitudes and beliefs that can lead to violence. The strategy will also fund targeted prevention initiatives to reach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and people with disability.
It will also assist existing services expand their initiatives, including 1800RESPECT which is experiencing rapid growth, allowing more Australians to access quality support when they need it most.
The package includes further funding to improve and build on the systems responsible for keeping women and children safe, including training for health and allied health workers to identify and better support domestic violence victims, and the development of national standards for sexual assault responses.
The Fourth Action Plan will be finalised mid-2019, following endorsement by the Council of Australian Governments. Over the coming months, the Australian Government will continue to work closely and collaboratively with states and territories to develop the plan and finalise their contributions to make a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children.
For more information about the National Plan please see www.plan4womenssafety.dss.gov.au.
If you, or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au.