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

The Fourth Action Plan 2019-2022

The Commonwealth Government is leading the development of the Fourth Action Plan 2019-2022 of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan) in partnership with state and territory governments.

On 5 March 2019, the Australian Government announced a $328 million package to reduce violence against women and children. You can read more about this announcement.

The Fourth Action Plan, due for release in 2019, is the final action plan of the National Plan.

Fourth Action Plan consultations

The development of 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 consolidate measures implemented so far and provide a platform for future policy directions to reduce domestic, family and sexual violence after the conclusion of the National Plan.

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.

These consultations have 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 FourthActionPlan@dss.gov.au mailbox and those raised at the Fourth Action Plan consultation workshops. The FAQs will continue to be updated.

If you would like to stay informed about the development of the Fourth Action Plan, visit plan4womenssafety.dss.gov.au or email FourthActionPlan@dss.gov.au

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