At yesterday’s Coalition of Australian Governments meeting, our state, territory and national leaders agreed, in principle, to a National Domestic Violence Order Scheme.

While the details of the proposed Scheme are yet to be finalised, the purpose of the Scheme is to afford better protections to victims of domestic violence by eradicating the current issues surrounding the enforceability of domestic violence orders across state and territory boundaries.

Presently, if a person protected by an order in one state wishes to travel to, or move to another state, they would have to apply to a court in the other state to have the interstate domestic violence order registered (if possible) or to obtain the protection of a new order in that state.

The National Domestic Violence Order Scheme would automatically make an order made in one state recognised and enforceable in all other states and territories in Australia.

Our Prime Minister has acknowledged that there may be some logistical difficulties implementing the Scheme, but it is hoped that the Scheme will be fully operational within twelve months.

For further advice regarding domestic violence matters, or any criminal matter, contact the experienced lawyers and solicitors at Burt & Hanke Legal servicing Albury, Wodonga and surrounding areas.

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