Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

13 June 2018

Will Hodgman, Premier

Tasmania to keep leading in the response to family violence

Family violence is totally unacceptable and has no place in our community.

Tasmania led the nation when we announced our Family Violence Action Plan in 2015. It was a plan developed by experts, with input from the community and the best available research and practice. It was described as nation leading.

The Plan was designed to bring family violence out from behind closed doors and made an unprecedented investment in prevention, early intervention, and holding perpetrators to account.

While as a community we have made significant progress, the Government acknowledges there is still more work to be done.

The 2018-19 Budget will include an additional $20.2 million to continue our work in addressing the scourge of family violence by investing;

  • $6 million per year, across the forward estimates from 2019, as we develop and deliver Stage II of Tasmania’s nation leading Family Violence Action Plan.
  • $1.5 million additional funding for the Safe at Home service system to support increased demand.
  • $450,000 over three years to deliver Project O on the North-West Coast to drive generational and attitudinal change by backing young rural women to become change makers in their community.
  • $200,000 to comprehensively research and develop a whole of government Action Plan Against Sexual Violence, which will include a review of multi-disciplinary models operating across Australia and provide recommendations regarding the best approach for Tasmania.

Our new investments will ensure we continue to offer the greatest protection possible for Tasmanian families at risk.

During the recent election campaign I committed to, within 100 days of returning to Government, commencing a comprehensive, cross-agency evaluation of Stage I of the Family Violence Action Plan in order to inform the next stages.

The precise nature of the programs and initiatives in Stage II of Family Violence Action Plan will be determined by the evaluation now underway which includes opportunities for public consultation. Stage II is scheduled to commence in July 2019.

The funding commitment in this year’s Budget provides certainty to partner organisations and agencies, and the broader community, of my Government’s unwavering commitment to continuing our efforts to eliminate family violence.

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