Family Violence and Immigration

A FAQ sheet on Family Violence has been distributed by the OMARA to all Registered Migration Agents explaining the role played by the Department of Home Affairs in supporting migrant victims of family and domestic violence.

The Australian Government has zero-tolerance for family and domestic violence against anyone in the Australian community, including permanent and temporary visa holders.

Data from the Australian Institute of Criminology suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic has coincided with the onset or escalation of violence and abuse for many women.

The Australian Government has invested $1 billion since 2013 to address family and domestic violence, including $130 million provided directly to State and Territory governments to support frontline services to meet demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To support the Government’s efforts to assist victims of family and domestic violence, the Department has prepared an FAQ document that includes information on arrangements the Department has in place to support visa holders and applicants affected by family and domestic violence. This information should not be read as specific immigration advice, as each person’s circumstances will be different, but rather as a guide to existing policies and services.

The Department’s Community Liaison Officer (CLO) Network connects with multicultural communities and government partners to share information and report concerns or issues raised by the communities.

On 6 October 2020 as a part of budget measures, the Government announced an additional $6.4 million to employ an additional ten CLO officers to the existing 29 officers to boost engagement with multicultural communities.

Source: Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority email correspondence dated 5 January 2020.

Useful Resources

Domestic Violence Legislation

Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012

Queensland Criminal Code Act 1989

Family Law Act 1975

Child Protection Act 1999

Domestic Violence Standards

Practice Standards for Working with Women affected by Domestic and Family Violence
(Department of Communities)

Professional Practice Standards for Working with Men who perpetrate Domestic and Family Violence (Department of Communities)

Domestic and Family Violence Policy Links

National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children

Progress Report to the Council of Australian Governments 2010 – 2022

Research papers

National Research Agenda to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children

Research links

Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research

Australian Centre for Study of Sexual Assault

Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies

Gendered Violence Research Network

The Gendered Violence & Work Program offers tailored training and advisory services for employers who want to address the effects of domestic, family and sexual violence on their employees and organisations.

Australian Institute of Criminology

Australian Institute of Family Studies

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

National Child Protection Clearinghouse

Australian Bureau of Statistics