Improving information sharing to better address family violence

Released 08/09/2016

The community is encouraged to have their say on how their information is shared and the way in which government and non-government agencies collaborate to better address family violence.

Attorney-General Simon Corbell today released the Issues Paper: Information Sharing to Improve the Response to Family Violence in the ACT.

“The paper outlines the current information sharing arrangements in place in the ACT, and explores the privacy issues facing both government and non-government agencies in the context of family violence,” Mr Corbell said.

“Commonwealth and territory laws describe the circumstances under which information can be shared, who it can be shared with and when it can be shared without consent. In the ACT, the right to privacy is further protected under the Human Rights Act 2004.

“While our privacy laws operate to ensure that individuals control their personal information, subject to limited exceptions, in the context of family violence the right to privacy must be balanced with the right to safety.

“Several recent reports have suggested that the balance between the right to safety and the right to privacy must be recalibrated in order to better safeguard the safety of victims of family violence and improve service delivery.

“To identify how our systems might be improved, an extensive community consultation process will be led by the Coordinator General, Family Safety throughout the remainder of 2016.”

The ACT Government committed to improving information sharing arrangements in response to three recent reports on the impact of family violence on the ACT Community – the Glanfield Inquiry report, the Review of Domestic and Family Violence Deaths in the ACT, and the Domestic Violence Service System Gap Analysis.

Mr Corbell said improving information sharing is a key focus area in the ACT Government’s $21.42 million Safer Families package, announced in the 2016-2017 ACT Budget.

“The Issues Paper is a key step in implementing the ACT Government’s commitment to authorise information sharing and collaborative practices via a new legislative framework,” Mr Corbell said.  

A copy of the discussion paper is now available on the the Justice and Community Safety website, and the ACT Government is seeking written submissions from the community. The Directorate will also conduct consultation forums with stakeholders.

The issues paper, along with more information on making a submission, can be found at

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