On 29 January the Prime Minister announced he had established an Advisory Panel on violence against women. Retiring Victorian Police Commissioner Mr Ken Lay APM, and the 2015 Australian of the Year, Ms Rosie Batty, have agreed to be the founding members of the panel.
He also announced that building on the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, the Commonwealth will seek the agreement of all states and territories to prioritise the implementation of a national Domestic Violence Order (DVO) scheme. Under the scheme, if a protection order is issued in one state, it will apply in all states. Work on a national DVO scheme commenced in 2014 and it must be a priority for COAG.
He also announced that development of national standards for how to intervene against perpetrators and hold them accountable will also be a priority, and that COAG will consider the enactment of a national approach to dealing with online safety and the misuse of technology, to protect women against newer forms of abuse.