- Domestic Violence Orders (National Recognition) Bill 2017 passes State Parliament
- Legislation enables WA to participate in the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme
- National scheme due to commence on November 25, 2017
Legislation enabling Western Australia to participate in the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme has successfully passed through both houses of State Parliament.
The passage of the Domestic Violence Orders (National Recognition) Bill 2017 means that WA stands ready to join the national scheme, which is due to start on November 25, 2017.
The purpose of the scheme, which was agreed to by the Council of Australian Governments in December 2015, is to enhance victim safety and perpetrator accountability by making family and domestic violence restraining orders enforceable across State and Territories boundaries.
From November 25, all new orders made in one State or Territory will automatically operate across Australia. This will eliminate the need to register orders across jurisdictional boundaries. Orders made prior to November 25 may be brought within the national scheme via an application to a court.
Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:
"The McGowan Labor Government is committed to reducing the unacceptably high levels of family and domestic violence in our community.
"By joining the national scheme, victims of family and domestic violence will be able to get on with their lives secure in the knowledge that they have enforceable legal protection right across Australia.
"The national scheme will be of benefit to victims who move interstate to escape family and domestic violence, or who travel interstate for other reasons."
Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk:
"WA Labor made a commitment to do everything that we can to stop family and domestic violence, including making sure we have appropriate restraining orders and national protections. Now that we have prioritised this legislation, it has been passed in time to join the national scheme.
"WA Labor has long been arguing for better protection for victims and due to the previous Liberal National government's inaction, WA is the last State to enact enabling legislation to join the national scheme.
"This is an important and crucial step in ensuring that victims of family and domestic violence are afforded the protection they deserve, no matter where they live in Australia."
Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister's office -6552 6600