The United Nations Convention on the Discrimination Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, CEDAW, is an international treaty that Australia is signatory to. Many countries around the world, including Australia, signed on to this convention and agreed to try and implement mechanisms in their country to eliminate discrimination against women and work to achieve substantive equality in both the public and private spheres. Violence against women is not specifically included, but referenced in the CEDAW general recommendations 12 (1989) & 19 (1992) and covered in many of the CEDAW articles (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 11, 12, 14, 16).
As a signatory to the Convention, Australia regularly reports to the Committee on both the measures the Government has taken to comply with its obligations under the Convention and on ongoing challenges. There is a Government report, and a Shadow Report which is prepared by NGOs. The UN CEDAW Committee reviews these and prepares a report back to each country outlining how it is progressing and makes recommendations on areas for improvement.