All Australian governments know we need to work together to effectively address the issue of violence against women. The National Plan recognises that there are a number of innovative and locally-tailored initiatives being delivered in the different states and territories. The National Plan builds on this important work and provides a coordinated platform for action to help jurisdictions work together to create lasting change.
A range of responses to violence against women and their children are being delivered by the Commonwealth Government and in each of the states and territories.
The Commonwealth Government
Under the National Plan, the Commonwealth Government has responsibility for delivering some support and services through family law, including legal assistance, and the social security system. The Commonwealth Government also funds national support services such as 1800RESPECT and DV-Alert, and a number of other initiatives focused on primary prevention, early intervention and building the evidence base.
State and territory governments
State and territory governments deliver a range of services including justice, policing and legal assistance for victims and perpetrators, health and mental health services and education. They also fund and coordinate many services provided by the non‐government sector.