Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

25 November 2017

Elise Archer, Minister for Justice

National laws to better protect vulnerable Tasmanians

New laws have been introduced nationwide that will better protect Tasmanian domestic violence victims and their families.

The National Domestic Violence Order Scheme ensures that all Family Violence Orders (FVOs), Police Family Violence Orders (PFVOs) and interim Family Violence Orders issued in Tasmania from 25 November 2017 are automatically recognised and enforceable across Australia.

Eliminating family violence is a top priority for the Hodgman Liberal Government and this is a very positive outcome that will provide better protection for these vulnerable victims.  The reforms build on the work we have already done, such as our nation-leading $26 million Family Violence Action Plan, to address the scourge of family violence.

Tasmania took a lead role in developing the legislation for the new national scheme which has already been passed by both Houses of Parliament, along with all other states and territories.

Existing Tasmanian laws protecting victims and affected family members from domestic violence have not changed.

Previously, family violence orders only applied in the state or territory in which they were issued or registered, and individuals had to register an FVO in another state or territory for it to be enforceable.

Individuals with a current FVO issued before 25 November can apply to any local court in Australia to have it recognised and enforced nationally.

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