COAG meeting on National Domestic Violence Order scheme

April 17, 2015

Original report by ABC News political reporters Stephanie Smail and Andrew Greene

State and territory leaders are set to agree on a national scheme to help domestic violence victims at today’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting.

The Federal Government has flagged reducing the spiralling rate of domestic violence as one of its top priorities.

It wants COAG to adopt a national Domestic Violence Order scheme that would mean a protection order issued in one state would apply across the country.

State and territory leaders have told the ABC they support the measure in principle.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said his government will participate.

“We think there is some sensible co-operation that could protect women from violence, from partners that might have criminal records from other jurisdictions … or criminal intelligence from other jurisdictions that may be useful to be shared to be protective of women,” Mr Weatherill said.

“So we think there is an information exchange issue that could be grappled with.”

While other state and territory leaders have offered in-principle support to the scheme, many have acknowledged there could be challenges in rolling it out.

The ACT’s Attorney-General Simon Corbell said the national Domestic Violence Order plan was a crucial step that should be established in the next six to 12 months, but he wanted federal help to pay for the changes.

“Police and court-based data bases will need to be modified to accept the relevant information from other jurisdictions so that police and the courts are aware of orders made in other places,” Mr Corbell said.

“I think that should be a shared responsibility between the state, territory and Commonwealth.”

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