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Information sharing scheme

Responsible government

  • Northern Territory

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 17 Collaborate across services, sectors and workforces to ensure responses to women affected by domestic, family and sexual violence are coordinated, meet women’s needs, avoid women having to retell their story and promote their recovery.

What are we doing?

The Northern Territory Government has committed $22 million from 2018–19 to 2020–21 for initiatives under Action Plan 1: Changing Attitudes, Intervening Earlier and Responding Better 2018–2021 of the Northern Territory’s Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction Framework 2018–2028. This investment includes the introduction of new information sharing practices and legislation.

What have we achieved so far?

In October 2018, the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly passed the Domestic and Family Violence Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018 to create a new domestic and family violence information sharing scheme. The new scheme aims to facilitate coordinated and timely sharing of information between authorised entities in order to assess, lessen and prevent serious threat to a person’s life, health, safety or welfare because of domestic and family violence. The new information sharing scheme commenced on 30 August 2019.

What is next?

  • Review of the information sharing scheme in 2021–22 and 2024–25.

What difference will we make?

  • Territorians at risk of experiencing violence are identified early and provided with effective interventions.
  • Legislation, policy and funding models enable a responsive, high quality and accountable domestic, family and sexual violence system.

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