New laws have been introduced nationwide to improve the protection of family violence victims.
The National Domestic Violence Order Scheme commenced on 25 November 2017. All domestic violence or family violence intervention orders issued from 25 November 2017 are now automatically nationally recognised and enforceable in all Australian states and territories.
It is important to note that all active family violence orders issued in Victoria prior to 25 November 2017 are automatically recognised under the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme but it does not apply to Personal Safety Intervention Orders.
What does this mean?
Victims no longer need to apply to register an order in another Australian state or territory for it to be enforceable.
Local police will still enforce the conditions of all domestic violence or family violence intervention orders issued in their state or territory, regardless of when they were issued.
Existing state and territory laws protecting victims and affected family members from domestic violence have not changed.
For more information see
- see their family violence pages
- Help Line (7 days, 8am-11pm)
- (Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm) free telephone advice in a range of languages
- Family Violence Response Centre (24 hours) for women and children or
- (Monday -Friday, 8am-9pm) support and referral for men
- (24 hours)
- Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (24 hours)
- state-wide referral for emergency housing
Reviewed 03 November 2022