Bill introduced to enable WA’s participation in National DVO Scheme

Bill introduced to enable WA’s participation in National DVO Scheme

The McGowan Government has today introduced legislation to improve victim safety and perpetrator accountability by providing consistent, instantaneous legal protection across Australia.

The introduction of the Domestic Violence Orders (National Recognition) Bill 2017 is symbolic of the priority that the McGowan Government is giving to addressing family and domestic violence in Western Australia.

Attorney General John Quigley said this Bill will enable WA to participate in a national cross-recognition scheme for restraining orders that address family and domestic violence.

“Once the scheme is established, an order made in one State or Territory will automatically operate across all jurisdictions.

For those victims of family and domestic violence who find themselves having to move interstate to escape their perpetrators, this will provide them with seamless legal protection on the road to starting a new life anywhere in Australia.”

Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Simone McGurk said WA was lagging behind other jurisdictions due to the previous Liberal National Government’s inaction, and remains the only State that is yet to enact enabling legislation to join the national scheme.

“The McGowan Government’s action to position WA to join the national scheme at the earliest possible opportunity highlights the importance this Government places on supporting and protecting victims of family and domestic violence.

“This important step will ensure that victims of family and domestic violence can get on with their lives secure in the knowledge that they have enforceable legal protection, and without the burden of having to return to the courts.”