Update on the work of the COAG advisory panel to reduce violence against women and their children

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Update on the work of the COAG advisory panel to reduce violence against women and their children


In April this year, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) established an Advisory Panel to provide advice on how governments can reduce and prevent domestic and family violence and sexual assault against women and their children. The Panel is Chaired by Former Victorian Police Commissioner, Ken Lay and co-Chaired by Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty and Heather Nancarrow CEO of ANROWS.

The Advisory Panel is responsible for:

  • Providing preliminary advice to COAG on areas of further work and a National Campaign to change social attitudes.
  • Providing advice by the end of the year on the three COAG priorities:
    • a national domestic violence order scheme;
    • national outcome standards to hold perpetrators to account; and
    • strategies to keep women safe from technology facilitated abuse
  • Providing advice by early 2016 on further practical and innovative actions to inform development of the Third Action Plan of the National Plan.

At the July 2015 COAG panel recommended three areas of focus for COAG’s immediate attention:

  • A national campaign to change young people’s attitudes towards violence
  • Rolling out respectful relationship programs in every school within three years.
  • Co-designing, trialling and evaluating innovative uses of technology to keep women safe and stop perpetrators using technology to cause harm.

In the future, the panel will be focusing on national solutions that complement a safety first approach by:

  • Shifting blame from the victim to the perpetrator.
  • Strengthening the evidence base.
  • Integrating and improving coordination, where possible, between Commonwealth, states and territories.

The panel has set up six internal working groups to look at the key themes of: Women’s Safety and Support Services; Perpetrator Intervention; Primary Prevention; Justice; Technology; and Business Engagement.