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

National plan cover pageThe National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 - 2022 (the National Plan) brings together the efforts of governments across the nation to make a real and sustained reduction in the levels of violence against women.

The National Plan PDF icon (PDF, 722KB) sets out a framework for action over the next 12 years and will be implemented through a series of four three-year action plans.

First Action Plan (2010-2013) - Building a Strong Foundation 

The First Action Plan (2010-2013) - Building a Strong Foundation outlined how all Australian governments and the community will work together to lay the groundwork for the future and put into place the strategic projects and actions that will drive results over the longer term while also implementing high-priority actions in the short term.

Second Action Plan (2013 - 2016) - Moving Ahead 

The Second Action Plan (2013-2016) – Moving Ahead  was launched by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, on 27 June 2014. It builds on the First Action Plan to channel efforts towards ongoing and new priorities, and broaden communication and consultation mechanisms to engage more sectors, groups and communities.

The Second Action Plan contains five National Priorities and 26 actions, which are joint areas of work that all governments agree are critical to moving ahead in reducing violence against women and their children. These are:

  • National Priority One: Driving whole of community action to prevent violence
  • National Priority Two: Understanding diverse experiences of violence
  • National Priority Three: Supporting innovative services and integrated systems
  • National Priority Four: Improving perpetrator interventions
  • National Priority Five: Continuing to build the evidence base

Daisy: an app connecting women

Daisy is an app that connects women around Australia who are experiencing gender violence to services. Daisy can link women up with a service’s phone number and/or website, or search the internet for more information and let women know what to expect when contacting a service.

The service listing includes specialist sexual assault, family violence and domestic violence services. Responding to violence requires a whole-of-government approach, so Daisy also lists legal services, housing and finance services, and children’s services. Users can create a list of favourite services for easy reference.

Daisy has a number of security features including a ‘get help’ button that allows users to quickly call 000 and a ‘quick exit’ button to leave screens containing service information.

Family members and friends can use Daisy to gather information and support a loved one’s decision making.

Daisy is brought to you by 1800RESPECT and has been developed with input from all State and Territory governments, and funded by the Australian Government under the Second Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Daisy is available for free download from Google Play for Android phones and the App Store for iPhone.

Implementing the National Plan in Tasmania 

Tasmania is developing its own complementary plans to coincide with the National Plan. The Tasmanian Implementation Plans sets out what we need to achieve and how we will achieve it, in order to reduce violence against women and their children.

Tasmania's first Implementation Plan: Building a Strong Foundation 2010-2013 established that Tasmania is well placed to deliver programs and services.

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Tasmania, through consultation with Tasmanian Government agencies and the wider Tasmanian community, made primary prevention the major priority in responding to the National Plan. Taking Action: Tasmania's Primary Prevention Strategy to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children 2012-2022  is currently being implemented.  An update on the progress of Taking Action is available.

Tasmania's Second Implementation Plan: Moving Ahead 2013-2016 was launched by the Minister for Women on 4 May 2015.

The Second Implementation Plan continues to have a strong focus on stopping violence before it happens through primary prevention initiatives. The Second Implementation Plan also aims to:

  • build on achievements from the First Implementation Plan;
  • improve and strengthen our justice system;
  • improve perpetrator interventions; and
  • build the evidence base so that we better understand diverse experiences of violence.

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Tasmanian Implementation Consultative Group

The development of the Tasmanian Implementation Plan has been informed by a National Plan Interdepartmental Advisory Committee and Tasmanian Implementation Plan Consultative Group that comprises relevant government agencies and non-government organisations.

Further information

The Australian Government Department of Social Services has more information about the National Plan.

Further information and resources about Family Violence and where you can get help is available here

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call the Safe at Home Family Violence Response and Referral Line on 1800 633 937 or visit 1800respect.org.au

In an emergency call 000