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Fourth Action Plan 2019-2022

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.

Fourth Action Plan consultations

National consultations with stakeholders to inform the development of the Fourth Action Plan occurred between July and October 2018.

Over 600 individuals and 400 organisations were consulted from the family, domestic and sexual violence sectors, the broader community sector, academia and the health, justice, and corporate sectors.

These consultations culminated in the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Summit on Reducing Violence against Women (the Summit), held on 2-3 October 2018 in Adelaide. The Summit was attended by over 100 community leaders and stakeholders.

The outcomes of the Summit were shared in a statement to COAG in December 2018, which has been published on the COAG website. First Ministers agreed the COAG statement would inform the Fourth Action Plan.

Consultation summaries were updated and published on the website. There may be small differences in the format of summaries, which reflects the flexible and interactive nature of conversations had.

The Department of Social Services developed responses to frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the development of the Fourth Action Plan, including questions sent to the FourthActionPlan@dss.gov.au mailbox and those raised at the Fourth Action Plan consultation workshops.

Fourth Action Plan Consultation summary report

The Fourth Action Plan Consultation summary report summarises the findings of consultations held across Australia as part of the development of the Fourth Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022. It presents the observations, insights and priorities expressed by workshop participants. The Department of Social Services would like to thank all participants for attending and contributing to the consultations.

Fourth Action Plan (2019–22): Consultation summary report

Fourth Action Plan Consultation Summaries

Adelaide Consultation Summary

Alice Springs Consultation Summary

Australian Capital Territory Consultation Summary

Brisbane Consultation Summary

Cairns Consultation Summary

Darwin Consultation Summary

Hobart Consultation Summary

Kalgoorlie Consultation Summary

Melbourne Consultation Summary

Perth Consultation Summary

Port Augusta Consultation Summary

Sydney Consultation Summary

Diverse Sex, Sexuality and Gender Consultation Summary

Complex forms of Violence Consultation Summary

Sexual Violence Consultation Summary

Users of Violence Consultation Summary

Women with Disability Consultation Summary (Melbourne)

Consultation Summary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Indigenous Family Violence Consultation Summary – Men’s Break Away Group

Indigenous Family Violence Consultation Summary – Women’s Break Away Group

List of organisations invited to attend Fourth Action Plan consultations
These organisations were invited by the Commonwealth, and do not include the several organisations invited by states and territories or the names of attendees that participated under their own names rather than an organisation name, who have been removed for privacy reasons.

Fourth Action Plan Background and Evidence Paper

Fourth Action Plan Frequently Asked Questions

Further information

If you would like to stay informed about the Fourth Action Plan, you can email the FourthActionPlan@dss.gov.au mailbox.