The budget announcements under personal safety of women and children (National Plan) for 2013-14 include $44 million:

  • $5.2 million over 5 years for the establishment and operation of the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children
  • $7.6 million over 3 years to continue and extend DV-Alert training program
  • $28.5 million to June 2017 to continue and expand 1800RESPECT, enabling an increase in the number of counsellors for the service, translation of online materials and online community for workers to access specialist professional support
  • $3 million over 3 years to dedicated research stream on perpetrator interventions through the National Centre of Excellence to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children

Other funding announcements that relate or could potential have an impact on preventing violence against women and their children include:

  • $434.1 million over 4 years for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.  This includes $45 million to provide expert services to help support survivors
  • $0.5 million  between 2012-13 in grants for advocacy, research, training, and service provision for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)
  • $10.3 million over 4 years, for Community Legal Centres and $42 million over 2 years for Legal Assistance Services
  • $21.4 million, over 4 years to the Fair Work Commission to provide a legal remedy for victims of workplace bullying
  • $4.6 million over four years to establish the Andrew Fisher Applied Policy Institute for Ageing
  • Funding between 2012-2013 for sexual assault counselling in remote NT areas as part of the “mobile outreach services plus”
  •  Major internet service providers (ISPs) will be required to block child abuse websites on the INTERPOL ‘worst of’ child abuse list

Read more in AWAVA’s full media release on the positives and areas to strengthen or focus on for addressing all forms of violence against women and girls: AWAVA 2013-14 Budget Media Release