In October 2022 the Australian Government released the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2032. The National Plan is the overarching national policy framework that will guide actions towards ending violence against women and children over the next 10 years.

The Commonwealth and all state and territory governments contributed to the plan. It was also informed by extensive consultations held with victim-survivors, advocacy groups, specialist services, researchers, and representatives from the health, law and justice sectors, business and community groups.

As well as setting out how gender inequality drives violence against women and children, the plan highlights the need to respond to sexual violence wherever it occurs. It also recommends priority areas of action across prevention, early intervention, response and recovery and includes plans to focus on the engagement of men and boys in a strategy of early intervention.

Clear actions to implement the National Plan will be outlined in two underpinning 5-year Action Plans and a dedicated standalone First Nations National Plan to address the unacceptably high rates of violence Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children experience,

Development of the Action Plans is underway, with the first five-year Action Plan expected to be released in early 2023.

Download the National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2032