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Attorneys-General Family Violence Decisions

Commonwealth and state attorneys-general met on 13 November 2021 and have issued a communique. Announcements included:

  • An agreement to further the development of national principles to address coercive control, noting that proposed draft principles will be taken to public consultation in early 2022, with a view to finalising the national principles by June 2022.
  • The endorsement of the National Strategic Framework for Information Sharing between the Family Law and Family Violence and Child Protection Systems.

In 2020, there was a Ministerial Review into former Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Councils and Forums including the Council of Attorneys-General (CAG). National Cabinet endorsed the review’s recommendations for CAG to become a time-limited body and convene only when needed to progress up to three items of national priority, with specified sun-setting timeframes of no longer than 12 months.

The new body, known as the Meeting of Attorneys-General (MAG), comprises Attorneys-General from the Australian Government, all states and territories, and the New Zealand Minister for Justice. Its purpose is to implement a national and trans-Tasman focus on maintaining and promoting best practice in law reform.

(Source: AWAVA Fortnightly Round-up, 23.11.21)