DFV information sharing guidelines
The Domestic and family violence information sharing guidelines (the guidelines) are part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to a Queensland free from domestic and family violence (DFV).
The guidelines were developed to support practitioners and others to appropriately share information to keep victim-survivors and their children safe from DFV.
The underlying intent of the information sharing provisions is to enable relevant entities to share information on a confidential basis for the purpose of assessing or responding to a serious DFV threat, in the interest of maximising the victim-survivor’s safety, protection and wellbeing.
In response to findings from the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce and Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board, the Queensland Government has reviewed and updated the guidelines. These revised guidelines aim to increase awareness, understanding and consistent use of the information sharing provisions.
The revised guidelines should be considered in the context of the Domestic and family violence common risk and safety framework (CRASF), which guides the delivery of integrated service responses to DFV.
The 3 key guiding principles for sharing information under Part 5A are also outlined in the DFVP Act. To learn more about these guiding principles, please watch the following video.
Training and resources
- A Practical guidance document has been developed consisting of practice tips and frequently asked questions. This document complements the revised guidelines and provides further guidance on the application of the information sharing provisions.
- Developed by the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, the information sharing online training module is designed to be self-paced and accessible at any time. Additional modules are also available and focus on the CRASF.
- Online videos are also available to further your learning about information sharing, including the following topics:
- Flow diagrams to further your understanding of information sharing under Part 5A of the DFVP Act.
The following decision tree will help guide you through the decision-making process for sharing or requesting information under Part 5A of the DFVP Act. This should be considered in conjunction with the guidelines and practical guidance.