2018 COAG National Summit on Reducing Violence Against Women and their Children

Summit Information

The 2018 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Summit on Reducing Violence Against Women and their Children (the Summit) was held on 2-3 October 2018 in Adelaide.

The Summit was attended by over a hundred community leaders, key stakeholders, Ministers and officials from across Australia to discuss how to achieve the goal of an Australia where women and their children are free from violence in safe communities.

The Summit was the last consultation in this phase of consultations for the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan). Conversations to inform the Fourth Action Plan will be ongoing. Consultations for the Fourth Action Plan took place from July to September 2018, with over 600 people sharing their views in 30 separate consultations.

Discussions at the Summit focussed on three themes: prevention, response and recovery. These themes were discussed across a range of issues – prevention and early intervention, sexual violence, the impact of violence on children, a ‘safety first response’ for women, working with perpetrators, access to justice, supporting women who have experienced violence in the medium to long term, workforce capability and addressing the needs of diverse groups of women.

Delegates were invited to reflect on developments since the 2016 COAG Summit and progress made over the life of the National Plan, as well as discuss next steps for 2019 and beyond. Discussions at the Summit will be synthesised into a statement to be delivered at the 12 December COAG Meeting. The discussions at the Summit will also inform the development of the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

The Summit featured speeches from:

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About the National Plan

The National Plan aims to connect the important work being done by all Australian governments, community organisations and individuals to reduce violence so we can work together to ensure each year, fewer women experience violence and more women and their children live safely.

The National Plan targets domestic and family violence and sexual assault because these two types of violence have a disproportionate impact on women, and are therefore considered to be gendered crimes. The prevalence of domestic and family violence and sexual assault in Australia is alarmingly high.

A key vision of the National Plan is that Australian women and their children live free from violence in safe communities. The National Plan aims to achieve a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children.

The National Plan recognizes that violence against women and their children is a complex problem that requires a long-term plan for action. The 12-year National Plan is being delivered through four three-year Action Plans that build on each other over time.

  • The First Action Plan (2010-2013): Building a Strong Foundation
  • The Second Action Plan (2013-2016): Moving Ahead
  • The Third Action Plan (2016-2019): Promising Results
  • The Fourth Action Plan (2019-2022): Turning the Corner
  • The first Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Summit on Reducing Violence and Women and Their Children was held in Brisbane on 27-28 October 2016.

  • At a subsequent COAG meeting on 9 June 2017, leaders committed to holding another summit to align with the development of the Fourth Action Plan – the final action plan of the National Plan.

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Key Commonwealth investment to protect women and their children since 2015

  • Action to address all forms of violence against women is being undertaken by the Commonwealth, in collaboration with States and Territories, and across several key policy initiatives.

  • The National Plan sets out the Commonwealth, state and territory governments’ coordinated efforts over the medium to long term to make communities safe for women and children.

  • The Commonwealth Government has invested well over $300 million to improve women’s safety since 2015 including:

2015

Women’s Safety Package

  • $101.2 million in funding for practical immediate action to keep women and children safe including improving frontline support and services, leveraging innovative technologies to keep women safe, and providing educational resources to help change community attitudes to violence and abuse.

2016

National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children — Third Action Plan

  • $100 million to fund the Third Action Plan, a further step in the Government’s 12 year National Plan to achieve a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children. The Third Action Plan includes prevention and early intervention programs, frontline services and support, and legal services to support women experiencing violence.

Stop it at the Start Campaign

  • $30 million – partnered with the States and Territories – to fund the Stop it at the Start Campaign which targets the ‘influencers’ of young people such as parents, friends, teachers and coaches, to help them change attitudes to violence against women.

2017

2017-18 Budget

  • $55.7 million for legal assistance services including for Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services with a priority on family law and domestic violence matters.

2018

2018-19 Budget

  • $54.4 million in new funding for critical services for women affected by violence and online safety initiatives to ensure women are safe at home, online and at work

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