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AWAVA Consulting on the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children

The National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children 2010-2022 (National Plan) is a major policy framework that has the potential to help achieve gender equality and end violence against women. The National Plan acts as the primary Australian policy on reducing sexual assault and domestic and family violence. The National Plan has underpinned the development of crucial services such as 1800RESPECT and important prevention initiatives, including those led by Our Watch. It consists of four Action Plans (each covering three years) that are intended to build a set of defined and practical steps to respond to and prevent violence against women and their children.

Support for the National Plan has been an important part of AWAVA’s work since the inception of the Plan. We have provided advice on the development of the three Action Plans so far, and have provided feedback on their implementation.

With just four years of the National Plan remaining, there is an urgent need for revitalised commitment to the Plan to ensure that it builds a solid platform for a sustained reduction in violence against women. In addition, since 2010 there has been increasing awareness of the importance of a broader understanding of different forms of violence and the needs of different groups of women.

AWAVA is undertaking a project to contribute to evaluations of Third Action Plan (3AP) and consult on the development of the Fourth Action Plan (4AP). As a part of this project, the survey aims to identify gaps, issues and positive steps that can inform the creation of the Fourth Action Plan.

This survey will take you approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous and does not require you to disclose your name or your organisation unless you choose to. We will be using the survey findings in our advocacy and written submissions to relevant government agencies including the Department of Social Services and the Office for Women in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. The survey closes on the 17 June. 

We’d like to thank you for filling out this survey by drawing 15 mystery prizes from a local Canberra artist. We will draw 15 respondents randomly from those who completed all questions in the survey. You will be able to select whether you want to be added to a draw at the end of the survey. Winners will be announced on Wednesday the 20th of June.

If you wish to share with us any further information, you can do so by emailing our Policy Officer, Tina at

We collect and manage information in accordance with our parent organisation WESNET’s Privacy Policy, available at:

About AWAVA:
Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) is one of the six National Women’s Alliances funded by the Australian Government to bring together women’sorganisations and individuals across Australia to share information, identify issues and contribute to solutions. AWAVA’s focus is on responding to and preventing violence against women and their children. AWAVA’s role is to ensure that women’s voices and particularly marginalised women’s voices are heard by Government, and to amplify the work of its member organisations and Friends and Supporters. AWAVA’s members include organisations from every State and Territory in Australia, representing domestic and family violence services, sexual assault services, and women’s legal services, as well as organisations representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, young women, women educators, women in the sex industry and other groups. AWAVA’s lead agency is the Women’s Services Network (WESNET). For more information visit: 

The survey covers a range of subjects related to violence. For sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), 24/7 phone and online services.