We have undertaken a review of the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 to ensure it provides an effective and efficient legislative framework that protects victims, holds perpetrators accountable and supports the broader systemic reforms being implemented as part of the government’s response to the final report of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland (the Taskforce).
On 11 October 2016, the Queensland Parliament passed the the Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 , which made significant amendments to the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 to better protect victims of domestic and family violence and their families, hold perpetrators to account for their actions and support the delivery of integrated service responses.
Key improvements include:
The amendments also implement model laws endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments to enable Queensland to participate in the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme. This scheme will provide for the automatic mutual recognition of DVOs made across Australia.
These changes represent the next stage of legislative reform to implement Recommendation 140 in the Taskforce's report, and build on priority amendments already enacted in 2015.
For further information about the changes: