The National Plan
All Australian governments recognise that we need a strong and coordinated response to effectively address the issue of violence against women. This is what the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 is designed to provide.
What is the National Plan?
The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 (the National Plan) was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and released in February 2011. The National Plan aims to connect the important work being done by all Australian governments, community organisations and individuals to reduce violence so that we can work together to ensure each year, less women experience violence and more women and their children live safely.
The National Plan recognises that violence against women and their children is a complex problem that requires a long-term plan for action. This is why the 12-year National Plan is being delivered through a series of four three-year Action Plans that will build on each other over time.
COAG Women’s Safety Council
The Women’s Safety Council (the Council) will drive national progress in reducing violence against women and their children. Established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on 13 March 2020, the Council was elevated from the former Women’s Safety Ministers forum.
The Council’s work includes overseeing the implementation of actions and priority areas under the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan. The Council will also be involved in the development and implementation of the next National Plan.
The Council is co-chaired by:
- Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women
- Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Minister for Families and Social Services
The Office for Women in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet provides secretariat support for the council.