Qld to strengthen domestic violence laws

The Queensland government is set to introduce reforms in parliament on Tuesday to give victims of domestic violence stronger protection.

Police protection notices will be expanded to include children, and domestic violence orders will be extended from 2 to 5 years.

The state government is advocating nationwide reform to enable police to act more rapidly when they believe people are at risk of family and domestic violence.


Legislation to be introduced later this week will also enable more information-sharing between agencies to identify people at risk.

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said Queensland also wants DVO’s to be recognised across state borders as part of a National Domestic Violence Order Scheme.

“It is important to note that this is just the first step … putting the framework in place, so when the system is ready to go, the legislation is there to support it,” she said.

“There is still a lot of work to be done, to establish the sharing system and the IT system across jurisdictions to actually get that operational.