Fourth Action Plan 2019-2022

On Friday 9 August 2019, the Council of Australian Governments endorsed the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, agreeing on five national priorities to reduce family, domestic and sexual violence. See a summary of the Fourth Action Plan. You can read more about this announcement.

As the final action plan of the National Plan series, the Fourth Action Plan sets out an ambitious but practical agenda to achieve change and eradicate the unacceptable acts of violence against women and their children.

Visit for more information on the Fourth Action Plan.

Fourth Action Plan consultations

National consultations with stakeholders to inform the development of the Fourth Action Plan occurred between July and October 2018.

These consultations culminated in the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Summit on Reducing Violence against Women (the Summit), held on 2-3 October 2018 in Adelaide.

The outcomes of the Summit were shared in a statement to COAG in December 2018, which has been published on the COAG website. First Ministers agreed the COAG statement would inform the Fourth Action Plan.

Further information

The Department of Social Services developed responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the development of the Fourth Action Plan, including questions sent to the mailbox and those raised at the Fourth Action Plan consultation workshops. The FAQs were updated and published on the website during the consultation period.

Summaries of the consultations are available at

If you would like to stay informed about the Fourth Action Plan, visit or email

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