Family Court Goes Online

All Duty Lists for the Family Court of Australia & Federal Circuit Court of Australia are now being conducted by Microsoft Teams or by telephone. In relation to Directions Hearings and Trials, any matter that is currently listed will proceed electronically where possible. Child Dispute Services interviews with adults are now being conducted by telephone…

Additional Federal Funding for Family Violence

The Commonwealth Government has contributed an extra $150 million to assist family and domestic violence response during COVID-19. An initial $150 million will be provided to support those experiencing family and sexual violence. Funding to services includes: Counselling support for families affected by, or at risk of experiencing family violence including men’s behaviour change programs…

Request Personal Protective Equipment

DHHS is centrally managing and triaging requests for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for providers of residential care, supported residential services, disability group homes, crisis and congregate homelessness services and other care settings. Currently, priority is being given to facilities, programs and carers where there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19. This fact sheet outlines the information that must…

Increased Homelessness Brokerage

An amendment to the Homelessness Services Guidelines and Conditions of Funding during COVID-19 includes information about an increased allocation of brokerage to the Private Rental Assistance Program (PRAP) and Housing Establishment Fund (HEF) to assist people experiencing or at risk of homelessness who are impacted by COVID-19. Find further information about Homelessness Access Points. (Source:…

Victoria Police Launch Operation Ribbon

Victoria Police have announced Operation Ribbon, which focuses on Family Violence Investigation Units contacting those perpetrators and Affected Family Members (AFMs) who have been identified as at the highest risk of committing or experiencing further family violence. Wherever safe and practical, this contact will be made in person. Victoria Police have requested that family violence services encourage their…

Lapse Time Extended for Personal Safety and Family Violence Intervention Orders

The Victorian Government will implement a range of temporary emergency measures to support Victorians and continue delivering services during COVID-19 through the introduction of the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020. This includes extending the time before which interim Family Violence Intervention Orders and Personal Safety Intervention Orders lapse, from 28 days to three months,…

Family Violence Intervention Order Applications Now Online

Heidelberg and Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Courts now provide the option of Family Violence Intervention Order (FVIO) online applications. This means Affected Family Members (AFMs) can apply for an FVIO at  www.fvio.mcv.vic.gov.au. The Neighbourhood Justice Centre also has an online FVIO application process, which they implemented in 2015. Other courts across the state are also progressively moving…

NIFVS COVID-19 Portal: Family Violence Information and Resources

Information about service changes in the north during COVID-19; practitioner and community resources are now available on the NIFVS Website. Services are still responding to family violence, though most have moved to providing services remotely. Service information will be regularly updated, so workers know how to access support for their clients. Find COVID-19 Information and…