The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022

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. You can read more about this announcement here.

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.

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Fourth Action Plan consultations

The Fourth Action Plan is informed by stakeholder feedback from over 600 individuals and 400 organisations, and evidence and data gathered through the Third Action Plan. The Fourth Action Plan will reflect and build on the outcomes of the First, Second and Third Action Plans to create lasting change. Between July and October 2018, the Department and its state and territory counterparts held 30 consultations to inform the development of the Fourth Action Plan.

This included the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) National Summit on Reducing Violence against Women, held on 2 - 3 October 2018, which was attended by over 100 community leaders and key stakeholders.

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.

These consultations engaged with a broad range of stakeholders including service providers, advocates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, women with disability, people with diverse gender and sexual identities and women in rural and remote areas.

Further information

The Department of Social Services has 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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