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NSW leads Australia on National Domestic Violence Order Scheme

Issued: Wednesday, 16 March 2016

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NSW is the first State or Territory to introduce model laws that will hold domestic violence perpetrators accountable nationwide, under a Bill read into Parliament on Tuesday.

"NSW leads the nation with these new model laws, which means that Domestic Violence Orders will be automatically recognised and enforced across State and Territory lines," Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said. 

"This means the NSW Police Force will be able to work more closely with their interstate counterparts to target, monitor and reduce domestic violence offending."

In December 2015, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed each State and Territory would introduce model laws to automatically recognise and enforce Domestic Violence Orders across Australia, including New Zealand orders registered in Australia.

"The national recognition scheme will improve information sharing between the States and Territories, and better protect the safety of victims if they choose to move interstate," Attorney General Gabrielle Upton said.

"A victim will no longer need to register an interstate order in a NSW court, which can be traumatising for victims and potentially alert a perpetrator to their new location.

"I am proud NSW is the first to bring a Bill to Parliament, and I call on the other States and Territories to fast track their adoption of these new model laws as soon as possible.

"I look forward to taking this up with my Federal and State and Territory counterparts next month at the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC) meeting in Queenstown."

COAG and the LCCSC are overseeing the establishment of an interim national information sharing system for Domestic Violence Orders, which will be used to develop a comprehensive model for sharing information across jurisdictions.

"This national reform takes the onus off the victim while they take the crucial step forward to build a new life, safe and free from violence," Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said.

Read the transcript of the Attorney General's Second Reading in the Legislative Assembly>>