Safety

The big issues

Queenslanders are increasingly outraged by violence against women and domestic homicide. There are human rights, health and wellbeing, and economic imperatives to respond to violence against women and girls and to ensure that they feel safe in their homes and communities.

The big safety issues for Queensland women are:

  • whole-of-community approach to prevention, including awareness of how gender inequality contributes to violence against women
  • understanding the incidence and best responses to:
    • sexual violence
    • stalking
    • elder abuse
    • female genital mutilation
    • forced and servile marriage
    • trafficking
    • online harassment and abuse
  • high rates of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
  • engagement of men and boys in actions to prevent violence against women and girls.

We need to learn more about all forms of violence experienced by women, so we can determine how the Queensland Government, the private sector and the community can prevent it. We will work together to:

  • support women and girls in a way that meets their particular needs
  • ensure client-centred services and sensitive justice responses are available, particularly for the most vulnerable groups of women and girls
  • hold male perpetrators accountable.

Snapshot of what government is doing

Actions and initiatives

The Queensland Women's Strategy proposed a range of actions that would progress gender equality in Queensland.

Commitments made by the Queensland Government, community and private sector partners to deliver on these proposals are listed below each proposed action.

  • Develop, implement, and report on the Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan 2016-22
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Contribute to the implementation of the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-2026
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of the Premier and Cabinetall Queensland Government agencies
  • Develop a data set identifying repeat victims of crime, with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls who are overrepresented as victims of crime, in collaboration with QT (the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office) and QPS
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameQueensland TreasuryDepartment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
  • Deliver ‘Y Grow’, a healthy relationship program, targeting Year 10 male and female students to provide the opportunity to explore and understand the need for respectful relationships leading to better communication, respect and ultimately more fulfilling lives, covering issues such as consent, respect and safe sex
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameYWCA Queensland
  • Develop a healthy relationships e-learning module, an online educational resource to promote healthy intimate partner relationships, targeting 18 to 24 year old male and female students enrolled at TAFE Queensland, to reduce violence against women and to improve young adults’ attitudes, beliefs, knowledge and skills in safe, respectful and healthy relationships
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameYWCA Queensland
  • Provide information workshops about sexual and intimate partner violence to LGBTIQ young people in university
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameExecutive Committee for the 2016 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations
  • Work collaboratively with key stakeholders in the community services industry under the Statement of Commitment – Industry Action on Domestic and Family violence, focusing on: promoting awareness of the status of gender equity across the community services industry by using available sources of data; working with the community services industry to identify opportunities to improve data on gender equity in the community services industry; and working with other industry and Peak Bodies to streamline opportunities for women to develop leadership skills and engage with leadership opportunities
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameCommunity Services Industry Alliance
  • Collaborate across funded domestic and family violence, sexual assault support and women’s health organisations with the purpose of informing community and government of the extent and impacts of violence against women
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameEnding Violence Against Women Queensland
  • Continue a partnership between DoE and P&C Queensland to engage parents to challenge and change the cultural attitudes towards women and girls that underpin violence, including providing fact sheets to be shared on P&C Queensland website
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation nameDepartment of EducationP&C Queensland
  • Deliver the Personal Safety Alarm initiative in Rockhampton, targeting women aged 15 years and older to help feel safer. For every alarm purchased, an alarm is donated one to an individual who otherwise may not be able to afford one
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: The Women’s Health Centre Rockhampton
  • Implement actions as part of the Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan 2016-22
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Implement actions of the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2016-26 action plans
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameall Queensland Government agencies
  • Fund Seniors Legal and Support Services and the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit to support service delivery, particularly in regional and remote areas and underserved metropolitan areas such as the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors
  • Partner with domestic violence shelters as part of Australia’s CEO Challenge to directly support victims of domestic and family violence and make domestic and family violence an open conversation in the workplace 
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameall Queensland Government agencies
  • Deliver Voices Against Violence to help girls and young women talk about violence.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameGirl Guides Queensland
  • Deliver the You’re the Voice choral project encouraging Australians to unite their voices and turn the tide on domestic violence.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland Music FestivalArts Queensland
  • The Transport Operations (Road Use Management) (Offensive Advertising) Amendment Bill 2016 was introduced in response to complaints about slogans displayed on holiday hire vehicles such as Wicked Camper Vans, which is based in Brisbane but operates around Australia.Where the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) notifies the chief executive of the Department of Transport and Main Roads that a vehicle breaches the Australian Association of National Advertisers’ Code of Ethics, the chief executive can issue a notice to the registered operator of the intention to de-register the vehicle on a stated date (that will be at least 14 days after the notice is issued), unless the ASB withdraws its notification.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Justice and Attorney-GeneralDepartment of Transport and Main Roads
  • The Victims of Crime Assistance and Other Legislation Amendment Bill has been created to include a new Charter of Victims’ Rights to enhance the rights and treatment of victims, including victims of domestic and family violence and sexual assault.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Justice and Attorney-GeneralDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Deliver the Healthy Relationships program, a free online educational resource to promote healthy intimate partner relationships, targeting 18 to 24 year old male and female students enrolled at TAFE Queensland, to reduce violence against women and to improve young adults’ attitudes, beliefs, knowledge and skills in safe, respectful and healthy relationships
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: YWCA
  • Work towards combatting elder abuse through funding services and advocacy
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors
  • Consideration of supplier credentials in relation to preventing and ending domestic and family violence. Tender documents can state the government's preference to do business with socially responsible suppliers, particularly those with policies and practices that promote respectful, safe, supportive and equitable workplace cultures.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Housing and Public Works
  • Implement the Tackling Domestic Violence Campaign at high profile sporting events in North Queensland to encourage Queensland families to take a stand on domestic violence and raise awareness of free legal help and support available to women affected by domestic violence.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: North Queensland Women's Legal Service, North Queensland Cowboys and Townsville Fire
  • Undertake a research project to identify barriers preventing women from seeking domestic violence protection orders so that strategies can be implemented, whether they be law and policy reform or practical measures, to improve access to safety and justice for women affected by domestic violence.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: North Queensland Women's Legal Service and University of Queensland Pro Bono Centre
  • Facilitate a Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Community and Corporate Forum: Safe at home, work and play. The forum brought together business and community organisations that have a collective reach to millions of Queenslanders to take up the fight against domestic and family violence across the state .
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government, Organisation name: Department of Child Safety Youth and Women
  • Deliver Lunchbox Sessions as a platform to support the corporate and community sectors in delivering a range of actions to tackle domestic and family violence within their organisations.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Host a virtual COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Summit in May 2020. The summit brought together experts, organisations and key stakeholders within Queensland's domestic and family violence sector to provide ideas on how to maintain and adapt existing and future support for domestic violence victims in the context of COVID-19.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Deliver a website which provides resources on how to prevent gender violence for services, survivors, policy makers, police and researchers, based on research with Women’s Police Stations, Argentina; and survey research with the DV workforce and community sector in Australia. The website provides images, publications, videos, and policy briefs in English and Spanish.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland University of Technology
  • Develop, implement, and report on the Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan 2016-22
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Implement actions as part of the Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan 2016-22
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Deliver Voices Against Violence to help girls and young women talk about violence.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameGirl Guides Queensland
  • Support healthy relationships between women in same-sex relationships, OPIA gathers a bank of stories from real Australian women discussing what a health relationship should look like.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameOPIA
  • Undertake a research project to identify barriers preventing women from seeking domestic violence protection orders so that strategies can be implemented, whether they be law and policy reform or practical measures, to improve access to safety and justice for women affected by domestic violence.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation name: North Queensland Women's Legal Service and University of Queensland Pro Bono Centre
  • Develop a program to empower older women to engage in online dating in a safe and secure manner, strengthening them against the threats of romance fraud, and identity theft. In addition, develop resources to assist with recovery should this occur.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 3 - Embedding sustained transformation, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland University of Technology
  • Implement actions as part of the Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan 2016-22
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Continue to deliver the Respectful Relationships education program, a primary prevention program focused on influencing behaviour change to prevent undesirable social consequences, such as domestic and family violence.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Education
  • Deliver the You’re the Voice choral project encouraging Australians to unite their voices and turn the tide on domestic violence.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Completed, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameQueensland Music FestivalArts Queensland
  • Striving to end gendered violence by encouraging healthy masculinity and challenging our sexist culture. Members of the Men Against Gender Injustice Collective will advocate, educate, network and support equality.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameMen Against Gender Injustice Collective
  • Deliver the Responsible and Respectful Choices Men's program, including information and education about the impacts of Domestic and Family Violence. The program is a 16 week rolling group program and is aimed at providing a safe and supportive environment for men who are choosing to change their behaviour.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameEdon Place Domestic and Familly Violence Centre
  • Deliver the R4Respect program, 'a youth engagement domestic violence prevention model' for the prevention of anti-social behaviour and violence, including violence in personal or intimate relationships as well as empowering men and boys to take action to prevent violence against women and girls. The program members are young people from diverse cultural backgrounds and identities, aged 17-24 years.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: New, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameYFS
  • Implement actions as part of the Queensland Violence Against Women Prevention Plan 2016-22
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Child Safety, Youth and Women
  • Implement whole-of-government policies, procedures and programs
    • to support Queensland Government employees who experience domestic and family violence, including domestic and family violence leave and White Ribbon Accreditation
    • to make available and promote to employees the online awareness raising program, ‘Recognise, Respond, Refer: Domestic Violence and the Workplace’
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government; Community partner, Organisation namePublic Service Commissionall Queensland Government agenciesAustralia’s CEO Challenge
  • Partner with domestic violence shelters as part of Australia’s CEO Challenge to directly support victims of domestic and family violence and make domestic and family violence an open conversation in the workplace 
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameall Queensland Government agencies
  • Provide a specialist helpline for women providing advice, information and advocacy about workplace bullying
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameWorking Women Queensland
  • Implement domestic and family violence policy and practices, including 10 days of domestic and family violence leave, the provision of domestic and family violence resources for employees and domestic and family violence training for HR business partners
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameAurizon
  • Deliver the Work Aware Program is developing and promoting the use of resources and training in workplaces to raise awareness and best practice responses to issues of domestic and family violence (DFV) in the workplace.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 1 - Laying the foundations, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Community partner, Organisation nameWorking Women's Centre Queensland
  • Consideration of supplier credentials in relation to preventing and ending domestic and family violence. Tender documents can state the government's preference to do business with socially responsible suppliers, particularly those with policies and practices that promote respectful, safe, supportive and equitable workplace cultures.
    Priority Area: Safety, Phase: 2 - Empowering change, Status: Ongoing, Lead sector: Government, Organisation nameDepartment of Housing and Public Works