On 10 September 2014, the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland was established. In February 2015, the taskforce finalised its report, Not now, Not ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland.
The taskforce reported that domestic violence in Queensland has continued to increase over the period to 2015, costing the state’s economy between $2.7 and $3.2 billion annually. In its subsequent budgets, the Queensland Government committed $328.9 million to respond to the issues and recommendations in the Not now, Not ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland report.
Queensland’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016–2026 (the Strategy), seeking to change community attitudes and behaviours, integrate service responses and strengthen justice system responses, is being delivered through a series of action plans. These action plans include the government’s response to the Not Now, Not Ever report, delivering a broad range of activities and initiatives, including legislative changes, policy directives, additional funding for programs and services and system changes (for example improvements to information sharing).
This audit will examine how effective Queensland government initiatives have been in preventing and responding to domestic violence.
- Queensland Police Service
- Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women
- Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors
- Department of Justice and Attorney-General
- Selected public sector entities.