This is a report on monitoring of the Victorian Government’s implementation of family violence reforms as at 1 November 2019. The monitoring approach and method of selecting focus areas for this term is the same as for the previous period and is described in Appendix 1.
The specific priority areas selected were Specialist Family Violence Courts, the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework, The Orange Door, perpetrator accountability and the voices of victim survivors.
Reporting on overall progress for such a complex reform presents many challenges and requires a multi-faceted approach. The approach taken to date is for the government to publicly report on the number of Royal Commission recommendations assessed as implemented. While this shows the completion status of recommendations and is a way for the government to be transparent about when individual recommendations have been implemented, it does not show a comprehensive view of the complex reform work that has been and is being done, to achieve the government’s vision outlined in its 10 Year Plan.
At the conclusion of the monitoring period on 1 November 2019, the government’s website stated that 120 of the 227 recommendations have been implemented. On 21 November 2019, the government’s website was updated to show that as at 1 July 2019, 143 recommendations have been implemented. This represents the government’s implementation of a further 23 of the Royal Commission’s recommendations during the monitoring period, leaving 84 recommendations remaining in progress.