Fourth Action Plan endorsed by COAG

On Friday 9 August 2019, the Council of Australian Governments endorsed the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, agreeing on five national priorities to reduce family, domestic and sexual violence.

As the final action plan of the National Plan series, the Fourth Action Plan sets out an ambitious but practical agenda to achieve change and eradicate the unacceptable acts of violence against women and their children across the following priority areas:

  • Primary prevention
  • Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
  • Respecting and responding to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
  • Responding to sexual violence and sexual harassment
  • Improving support and service system responses.

On 5 March 2019, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, announced a $328 million package as part of the Australian Government’s contribution to the Fourth Action Plan. In addition to this, two further measures were provided in the 2019-20 Budget to support people affected by violence, bringing the Government investment in the Fourth Action Plan to $340 million over three years. Find out more about the Government’s investment in the Fourth Action Plan by reading the Overview of key Commonwealth initiatives.

Over the coming months, the Commonwealth, state and territory governments will work together to develop a national implementation plan, outlining the policies and programs all governments will implement to address the Fourth Action Plan priorities and reduce violence against women and their children.

More information about the National Plan.

Organisations are encouraged to apply for grant opportunities published on the Community Grants Hub website at and the Grant Connect website at

If you, or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit