Launch of the Third Action Plan

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Today, the Third Action Plan (2016-2019) of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan) has been published.

The Third Action Plan sets out an ambitious agenda that, with the support of key stakeholders and the community, will substantially reduce domestic, family and sexual violence in Australia.

A copy of the Third Action plan can be accessed here on the Department of Social Services website.


The National Plan

The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022 brings together governments, key organisations, the community sector and individuals to drive lasting change.

The National Plan takes an integrated approach to prevent and respond to domestic, family and sexual violence, setting out six national outcomes to work towards over 12 years:

1.Communities are safe and free from violence.

2.Relationships are respectful.

3.Indigenous communities are strengthened.

4.Services meet the needs of women and their children experiencing violence.

5.Justice responses are effective.

6.Perpetrators stop their violence and are held to account.


These outcomes are being delivered through four three-year action plans.


The Third Action Plan 2016-2019

TheThird Action Plan (2016-19) is the halfway point of the National Plan.

The Third Action Plan sets an ambitious agenda for achieving change over the next three years.

The Plan draws on:

  • the Council of Australian Government’s Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children
  • recent senate inquiries and royal commissions across the country
  • progress reports on the First and Second Action Plans and the evaluation of the Second Action Plan
  • national workshops with over 400 non-government organisations, academics and businesses.

The Third Action Plan sets out 36 practical actions to be undertaken over the next three years, across six priority areas. They are:

1.Preventing and intervening early to address the attitudes and practices that excuse, justify and promote violence against women and children.

2.Improving responses and supports for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children through partnership approaches.

3.Providing greater support and choice for women and children leaving or trying to leave family and domestic violence.

4.Sharpen the focus on sexual violence as a key component for women’s safety.

5.Responding to children living with violence to help them feel safe at home and to recover from their experience.

6.Holding perpetrators accountable across all systems, and targeting responses that work to change their behavior.