Update

Following review of feedback provided on the regulatory impact statement, a notice of decision and statement of reasons on changes to the Regulations have been published and are available below. The Regulations will commence on 19 April 2021.

Family Safety Victoria will continue to provide updates you as we prepare for

commencement and support implementation. Please refer to our website for updates: : https://www.vic.gov.au/about-information-sharing-schemes-and-risk-management-framework.

If you have specific questions about FVISS, please contact Family Safety Victoria at infosharing@familysafety.vic.gov.au.

Overview

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.

The Family Violence Protection (Information Sharing and Risk Management) Amendment Regulations 2020 enable implementation of Phase Two of the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme and MARAM reforms and prescribe further organisations and services as information sharing entities and as MARAM Framework organisations.

Services and organisations proposed for prescription under the family violence reforms are also proposed for prescription under the Child Information Sharing Scheme. Please visit: https://engage.vic.gov.au/child-information-sharing-scheme