The Victorian Government is progressing three interrelated reforms that are integral to reducing family violence and promoting child wellbeing and safety. These include the Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) Framework, the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme and the Child Information Sharing Scheme.
The Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme commenced in February 2018 for an initial group of information sharing entities. In September 2018, additional organisations and services were prescribed under the Scheme alongside the commencement of the MARAM and the Child Information Sharing Scheme.
The MARAM Framework has been redeveloped in response to Recommendation 1 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. MARAM aims to increase the safety of adults, children and young people experiencing family violence and supports a shift to keep perpetrators in view and accountable for their actions and behaviours. Expanded from the CRAF, MARAM includes a broader understanding of family violence beyond intimate partner violence, and reflects the needs of child victim survivors, the needs and experiences of Aboriginal people and diverse communities.
Under MARAM all parts of the service system will have a shared understanding of family violence risk assessment and management and a clear understanding of the responsibilities of other parts of the system to coordinate and implement safety and accountability planning.
The Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme commenced in February 2018. The Scheme enables prescribed organisations and services to share information that is relevant to assessing or managing family violence risk between themselves, to ensure the safety and protection of those experiencing family violence and to hold perpetrators to account.
The Scheme is underpinned by the MARAM Framework which guides what information is relevant and how to safely share information to assess and manage family violence risk to children and adults.
The Child Information Sharing Scheme enables prescribed organisations and services to share information with each other to promote the wellbeing or safety of a child or group of children.
Phase Two of these reforms is anticipated to start in September 2020. Further organisations and services are proposed to be prescribed as information sharing entities under the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme, and MARAM Framework organisations under the MARAM Framework.
The proposed Family Violence Protection (Information Sharing and Risk Management) Amendment Regulations 2020 will enable implementation of Phase Two of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme and MARAM.
Services and organisations proposed for prescription under the family violence reforms are also proposed for prescription under the Child Information Sharing Scheme. Public consultation on the Child Wellbeing and Safety (Information Sharing) Amendment Regulations 2020 and Regulatory Impact Statement is occurring concurrently. Please visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/child-information-sharin... to comment or make a submission.
Family Safety Victoria is collecting the information in your submission to engage stakeholders on the proposed Family Violence Protection (Information sharing and Risk Management) Amendment Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) and Regulatory Impact Statement, as part of a mandatory consultation process.
The information provided in your submission will initially be collected by Engage Victoria online platform before transfer to Family Safety Victoria to consider before making the proposed Regulations.
Family Safety Victoria may do the following with your submission, after removing your name, if you have requested anonymity, and, in all cases, removing your other personal information*:
- publish a copy of your redacted submission on the Victorian Government website for transparency and accountability. Victorian Government websites are accessible worldwide and allow any person to view your submission;
- quote directly from your submission in documentation;
- make your submission available to other Victorian Government agencies.
* Personal information includes address, geographical location information, phone numbers or email addresses.
Privacy collection notice
By making a submission, you consent to Family Safety Victoria collecting the information provided, including any ‘sensitive information’ as defined in the Privacy and Data Protection Act, for the primary purpose of consulting on the proposed Regulations and Regulatory Impact Statement. A purpose directly related to the collection of the information is using the information to finalise and implement the Regulations. This may include publishing part or all of the submissions.
If published, your submission may remain on external servers, even once Family Safety Victoria has removed it from the Victorian Government website. Submissions held by Family Safety Victoria may be requested by members of the public under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. When assessing a freedom of information request, Family Safety Victoria, will consider whether you indicated that your submission be held in confidence, may redact some or all of the information, and may consult with you before releasing.
If you are making comment as an organisation, your comments may be published, including the name of your organisation.
If you are making comments as an individual, we will publish the comments without identifying you or your personal information. If you indicate that your submission should remain confidential, it will not be published or directly referred to in any reports arising from the consultation process.
Family Safety Victoria may use your email address to contact you directly in regards to your submission.