The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children was released in 2011, with a vision that Australian women and their children live free from violence in safe communities. The plan focuses on both domestic and family violence, and sexual assault. The implentation of the National Plan is long term and has four Action Plans that build on each other and enable an action reflection approach. The Third Action Plan 2016-2019; was recently released at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National Summit on Reducing Violence Against Women and their Children in Brisbane on the 28th October 2016.
The COAG has the reduction of violence against women and their children as a committment under their comprehensive reform agenda, with one vision: of improving the wellbeing of all Australians, now and into the future. To assist in the reform process, COAG established an advisory panel to inform a collective approach and address this issue with urgency; the COAG advisory panel on reducing violence against women and their children. They deliverd a final report in April 2016 outlining six areas for action and 28 recommendations. This report has informed the Third Action Plan 2016-2019 of the National Plan.
The First Action Plan under the National Plan enabled the establishment of key initiatives such as Australian National Research Organisation for Women's Safety Limited (ANROWS), a key source of data, research and statistics; Our WATCh, established to "drive nationwide change in culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children"; and the 1800RESPECT National Sexual Assault, Domestic family violence Counselling service.
The Second Action Plan outlines the five National priorities and 26 actions for addressing collectively, linking reforms, and taking a holistic response to reducing violence against women and their children. One of the outcomes of the Second Action Plan was "Change the Story; a shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia".