DFSV sector receives $36m funding boost

Queensland Government media release

The Queensland Government will boost funding to the domestic, family and sexual violence sector by $36 million next financial year.

On the eve of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, Premier Steven Miles announced the 20 per cent increase to funding, which will help the sector meet an increase in demand.

The ongoing funding will help fund:

  • Frontline domestic, family and sexual violence services
  • Programs to take action to address behaviours of persons using violence; and
  • New programs that fill gaps in service delivery across the state.

This takes the government’s funding for DFSV services to nearly $214 million for 2024-25.

The government has committed $1.75 billion in funding to fight domestic, family and sexual violence in the state and to improve women’s safety.

This includes the $588 million package in response to 277 recommendations from the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce’s two reports and $100 million in response to the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Queensland Police Services responses to Domestic and Family Violence.

Earlier this month, the government announced almost $55 million in domestic and family violence initiatives, including the appointment of QCOSS to establish the new domestic and family violence sector’s peak body, a new training framework to help organisations deliver consistent, trauma-informed and culturally appropriate training, and a new Training Support and Coordination Service.

As part of that funding package, the government also released Queensland’s Plan for the Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women 2024-2028, a blueprint to stop violence from occurring in the first place.