The Victorian Government has introduced two reforms that will be integral to promoting the wellbeing and safety of children and reducing family violence:
- the Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme, which enables prescribed organisations and services to share information to promote the wellbeing and safety of children, and
- the Family Violence Information Sharing (FVIS) Scheme, which enables prescribed organisations and services to share information to facilitate assessment and management of family violence risk to children and adults.
Together, these reforms create a more collaborative, integrated system that will help improve outcomes for all Victorian children and families.
To reduce family violence and promote the wellbeing and safety of children - laws relating to information sharing have changed.
General information to assist transparency requirements in Information Privacy Principle 5.1 and Health Privacy Principle 5.1
Laws governing the management of information about people involved in family violence, and the safety and wellbeing of children have changed.
The FVIS Scheme and the CIS Scheme change the way information about victim survivors, perpetrators, alleged perpetrators and other people involved in family violence, or child wellbeing or safety information may be collected, used and shared.
Part 5A of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) and Part 6A of the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 (Vic) with their supporting regulations, permit key organisations to share current and previously collected information relating to family violence risk and the wellbeing or safety of children – to keep people safe and perpetrators of violence in view.
The first group of organisations joined the FVIS Schme on February 2018, so that they are better able to share information. Both the next phase of this scheme (which involves further organisations coming on board), and the first phase of the CIS scheme commenced on 27 September 2018.
More information about the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme, is available on the Family Safety Victoria website
More information about the Child Information Sharing Scheme is available at https://www.vic.gov.au/childinfosharing