COAG Women’s Safety Council
On 13 March 2020, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) established the Women’s Safety Council (the Council), elevating the status of the existing Women’s Safety Ministers forum.
The Council is co-chaired by Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women and Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Minister for Families and Social Services.Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women and Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Minister for Families and Social Services.
The Council provides a forum for member Governments to drive national progress in reducing violence against women and their children.
The Council’s work will cover the following themes:
- Implementation of actions under the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan) to prevent violence before it starts and provide support to women and their children.
- Development and implementation of the next National Plan, following the expiry of the current National Plan in 2022.
- Consideration of other actions to reduce violence against women and their children.
The Council will ensure that other COAG councils are included in policy discussions where appropriate.
The Office for Women in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet provides secretariat support for the Council.
The Council consists of Commonwealth, state and territory Women’s Safety Ministers. Each jurisdiction is represented by a maximum of two Ministers with portfolio responsibility for women, families and/or prevention of family and domestic violence.
Each jurisdiction has also nominated a Senior Minister as lead representative on the Council.
Terms of Reference
- COAG Women’s Safety Council Terms of Reference (PDF)
- COAG Women’s Safety Council Terms of Reference (DOCX)
National Implementation Plan
The National Implementation Plan for the Fourth Action Plan outlines the initiatives that Commonwealth, state and territory governments will deliver, and provides information on their funding, milestones, intended outcomes and connection to Fourth Action Plan actions and priority areas. Together, these initiatives represent the range of responses needed to address domestic, family and sexual violence.