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Establish an Our Watch Primary Prevention Officer in Tasmania

Responsible government

  • Tasmania

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Primary prevention is key
    • 2 Improve coordination across primary prevention activities to maximise their impact on community attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence.
    • 3 Implement targeted primary prevention activities designed by, and tailored for, the specific communities they are intended to support.
  • Respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment
    • 15 Strengthen the capacity of all sectors to address sexual harassment to ensure women are safe at work, while studying, in public and online.

What are we doing?

The Tasmanian Government will establish an Our Watch Primary Prevention Officer, a nation-first, to coordinate and support primary prevention efforts across Tasmania, working closely with government and non-government services to implement key Our Watch projects in Tasmania; work with Our Watch Ambassadors to promote primary prevention activities in Tasmania; and provide organisations with technical advice and expertise on building primary prevention in their organisations and communities.

What have we achieved so far?

On 21 October 2019, the Premier and Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, the Hon Will Hodgman MP, and Our Watch Chair, Natasha Stott Despoja AO, officially launched the partnership between the Tasmanian Government and Our Watch, which includes establishing a Primary Prevention Officer in Tasmania, a nation-first.

What is next?

Safe Homes, Families, Communities actions commenced implementation on 1 July 2019.

Key milestones for 2019–20 include:

  • Recruitment of the Tasmanian Our Watch Primary Prevention Officer role.

What difference will we make?

Preventing violence is core to keeping Tasmanian families strong, safe and together and preventing violence and abuse from happening in the first place is the single most effective way to eliminate violence.

The Our Watch Primary Prevention Officer will assist to further develop primary prevention capacity, capability and expertise in Tasmania. In addition, by establishing this position, there will be increased delivery of primary prevention activities in Tasmania and increased coordination of primary prevention efforts in Tasmania.

The Our Watch Primary Prevention Officer will:

  • work closely with government and non-government services to implement key Our Watch projects in Tasmania;
  • work with Our Watch Ambassadors to promote primary prevention activities in Tasmania; and
  • support organisations to further develop their expertise in building primary prevention in their organisations and communities.

The intended outcome is to enhance the acquisition and consolidation of prevention knowledge and skills for new and existing prevention practitioners and policy makers across regional and metropolitan Tasmania through the establishment of the Our Watch Primary Prevention Officer.

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