Delivering our Third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence

Delivering our Third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan

25 May 2022

Eliminating family and sexual violence is a key priority for the Tasmanian Liberal Government, which is why the Tasmanian Budget 2022-23 includes $12.5 million for our Third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan.
 
Since the launch of our first, nation-leading Action Plan in 2015, and under our second Action Plan launched in 2019, the Tasmanian Government has taken a whole-of-Government, multi-agency approach to the issue.
 
We have invested over $300 million in responding to family and sexual violence, including $63 million for specific measures under our first and second Action Plans and the $19 million in direct funding and $59 million in indirect funding we spend to address family and sexual violence every year.
 
Our third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan is currently being developed in consultation with the Government’s Family and Sexual Violence Consultative Group, key stakeholders, and people with lived experience, and includes:

  • The Hearing Lived Experience Survey;
  • Establishing a Victim-Survivor Advisory Council;
  • Targeted workshops with a focus on diverse lived experience including children and young people, people with disability, CALD communities, rural and regional communities, LGBTIQ+ and older Tasmanians;
  • Partnering with Tasmanian Aboriginal Community organisations; and
  • Public written submissions.

Pleasingly, we have already received 640 responses to our Hearing Lived Experience Survey which is open until February 2023, surpassing the number of surveys we received for our last Action Plan.

Social media interest in the survey has also been fantastic with our social media advertising campaign generating 1,225,180 impressions across Facebook, TikTok and Snapchat, reaching 199,559 unique users.

The $12.5 million in the 22-23 State Budget for the first year of the five year Action Plan represents a 40 per cent increase on the annual investment under our current Action Plan.

One of the key priority actions in the new Action Plan will be a commitment of increased recurrent core funding for Tasmania’s nine specialist family and sexual violence services with five year contracts to provide greater certainty and increased operational capacity to respond to demand.

We want to strengthen service delivery to ensure that Tasmanians who experience family and sexual violence have access to specialist support services that meet their needs and circumstances.

This is why services including Engender Equality, Huon Domestic Violence Service, RAIN, Safe Choices, Yemaya, the Sexual Assault Support Service, Laurel House, the Australian Childhood Foundation and the Family Violence Counselling and Support Service, will receive additional core funding, with a total of nearly $75 million to be provided for these services over the next five years.

The Plan also includes new actions to further refine our efforts towards preventing and responding to family and sexual violence, whilst putting the voices of victim-survivors at the centre of our approach.

New actions include $15.1 million for new Multidisciplinary Centres as well as $3.7 million to provide next generation technology and instruments for our scientists to ensure higher quality evidence for court proceedings and increased capacity for storage of evidence, including sexual evidence kits.

This means that victim-survivors can have their forensic samples taken, knowing that their evidence will be kept indefinitely until they feel ready to report to police.

Every Tasmanian has the right to live free from violence, and the Tasmanian Budget 2022-23 will continue our important work of eliminating family and sexual violence.

South Coast Track Luxury Lodge Development – Aboriginal Heritage Report

Minister for Parks

South Coast Track Luxury Lodge Development – Aboriginal Heritage Report

25 May 2022

Ms O’CONNOR question to MINISTER for PARKS, Mrs PETRUSMA 

[10.48 a.m.]

On 10 March in this House I asked if you had an Aboriginal heritage report over the proposed south coast track luxury lodge development and whether it had been commissioned by the Government.  You stated: 

When we get the final RAA and undertake the assessments, the expectation is that Aboriginal cultural values assessments will be undertaken on each site, because that is the requirement for any development that would happen in the TWWHA.

In my hand is a right to information document that is 738 pages long with 658 pages, unsurprisingly, fully redacted.  One thing not redacted, however, is a statement confirming that among the redactions is an Aboriginal heritage report that has been undertaken for this project.  When you refused to confirm the existence of that report in this place, minister, were you misleading the House, or are you being kept in the dark about what is happening in your portfolio by your Parks secretary?

ANSWER

Mr Speaker, I thank the member for her question.  In regard to what Ms O’Connor raised just now, the previous proponent, Mr Johnson, as part of his planning works to develop the required Reserve Activity Assessment process for the South Coast Track proposal, following a desktop assessment by Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania, the proponent engaged the services of a consulting archaeologist and aboriginal heritage officer to prepare an aboriginal heritage assessment report.

This report was provided to Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania for review following which Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania provided feedback to both the consultant and to the Parks and Wildlife Service, in relation to a number of issues identified in that report.  But as I have said before in this House Mr Speaker, to date no final Reserve Activity Assessment addressing these issues has been provided to the Parks and Wildlife Service for assessment in relation to this proposal.

I note that any assessment by the Parks and Wildlife Service on the final Reserve Activity Assessment from this process will need to consider any impacts on aboriginal heritage along the South Coast Track.  It is also important to note that the RAA process does not negate the requirements for the issuing of a permit under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1975, if aboriginal heritage was to be impacted.  To date, Mr Speaker, as far as I am advised, there has been no application for a permit, and no permit has been provided by the minister in relation to this proposal.

I am advised that the new owner of the proposed Wild Bush Luxury Experience Pty Ltd is currently working on engagement with the Tasmanian aboriginal people and the Aboriginal Heritage Council in relation to this proposal.  In fact, Charles Carlow from Wild Bush Luxury had a letter enclosed in the RTI that Ms O’Connor is referring to and it states:

To whom it may concern, it is important to note that the Reserve Activity Assessment document released to you through the Right to Information request is dated.  The information in this document was submitted to the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service by the previous proponent, not the current proponent, in 2019.  It was a draft in order to receive feedback on further requirements to meet the approvals process.  No further work has been carried out since that time by the previous proponent.

In December 2021 Wild Bush Luxury, a division of Experience Co, took on the previous proponent’s business and, through that purchased the South Coast Track proposal.  We are currently working on the proposal, with our first priority being engaging with the aboriginal communities in Tasmania.

If you would like further information on the proposal, please feel free to get in touch directly on the South Coast Track at experienceco.com.

Yours sincerely,

Charles Carlow

The new proponent has made it quite clear.  He has been in the Mercury, and he has stated:  ‘One of our core values in respect for the environment we work in is the cultures that exists within that environment, and certainly from our perspective, we are at our core very much about working with local communities, working with indigenous populations and providing opportunities for them in partnership economically and socially.’

As the secretary of the department stated on ABC radio earlier this year:  ‘Our expectation is that good consultation takes the form of co-design where the proponent sits down in the early stages of the proposal, and engages with Tasmania aboriginal people and the broader community –

Ms O’Connor – So, they have already approved it, basically.

Mr SPEAKER – Order, Ms O’Connor.

Mrs PETRUSMA – to discuss their aspirations, visions, possible job opportunities, or what other opportunities for involvement might look like.  This is what the proponent have stated they are doing.  So, Mr Speaker, our expectation is that full consultation will be taken with the aboriginal community, and that where required Aboriginal heritage assessment processes will be undertaken, as will any local, state and federal government processes.

Budget 2022-23 – Third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan – Progress

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence

Budget 2022-23 – Third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan – Progress

25 May 2022

Mr WOOD question to MINISTER for the PREVENTION of FAMILY VIOLENCE, Mrs PETRUSMA.

[11.14 a.m.]

Can you provide an update on the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s progress on the third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan and the upcoming funding in the 2022-23 Budget?

ANSWER

Mr Speaker, I thank the member for his question and for his interest in this very important matter.  Every Tasmanian has the right to live free from violence, which is why eliminating family and sexual violence is a top priority for our Government and indeed this parliament.

First of all, I want to acknowledge and pay tribute to the courage of all victim-survivors of family and sexual violence and to also thank all those in our government and non-government sectors who assist victim-survivors of family and sexual violence in their most vulnerable time of need, and for their continued dedication and efforts towards our goal of a Tasmania that is free from all forms of violence.

This Government takes our role very seriously and this is why, since the launch of our first nation-leading action plan in 2015 and under our second action plan launched in 2019, the Tasmanian Government has taken a whole-of-government multi-agency approach and has invested over $300 million in responding to family and sexual violence, including $63 million for specific measures under our first and second action plans and the $19 million in direct funding and $59 million in indirect funding we spend to address family and sexual violence every year.

Whilst strong progress has been made under both of our action plans, we know that there is still much more work to be done, which is why our third action plan will build on what we know works and we will also include new actions to refine our efforts towards preventing and responding to family and sexual violence, while putting the voices of victim-survivors at the centre of our approach.

The consultation for our next action plan includes the Hearing Lived Experience Survey; establishing a victim-survivor advisory council; targeted workshops with a focus on diverse lived experience, including children and young people, people with a disability, CALD communities, rural and regional communities, LGBTIQ+ and older Tasmanians; partnering with Tasmanian Aboriginal community organisations and public written submissions.

Our aim is to provide as many opportunities as possible to hear the experiences and perspectives of the Tasmanian community and in particular the voices of victim-survivors.  Therefore I am delighted that as at 24 May we have already received 640 responses to our online Hearing Lived Experience Survey and our social media advertising campaign has generated 1 225 180 impressions across Facebook, TikTok and Snapchat and reached 199 559 unique users.

I am also pleased to inform the House that in the upcoming 2022-23 Budget $12.5 million has been allocated for the first year of our new five‑year action plan which will be launched in July, a 40 per cent increase on the annual investment under our second action plan.  One of the key priority actions in our new action plan will be a commitment of increased recurrent core funding for Tasmania’s nine specialist family and sexual violence services with five‑year contracts to provide greater certainty and increased operational capacity to respond to demand over the longer term.

We want to strengthen service delivery to ensure that Tasmanians who experience family and sexual violence have access to specialist services that meet their needs and circumstances.  This is why services including Engender Equality, Huon Domestic Violence Services, Relationship Abuse of an Intimate Nature (RAIN), Safe Choices, Yemaya the Sexual Assault Support Service, Laurel House, the Australian Childhood Foundation and the Family Violence Counselling Support Service will receive this additional core funding with a total of nearly $75 million to be provided for these services over the next five years.  This new funding also meets the community budget submission request in full for Engender Equality, the Sexual Assault Support Service, Laurel House and Yemaya.  To further assist victim-survivors of sexual and family violence, the 2022-23 Budget will also fund $15.1 million over two years to pilot our new multidisciplinary centres in the north and south of the state. 

On top of this, we are also investing $3.7 million in the Budget to provide next-generation technology in instruments for our scientists, resulting in high-quality evidence for court proceedings, as well as increasing the capacity for storage of evidence, including sexual evidence kits.  This means that victim-survivors can have their forensic samples taken, knowing that their evidence will be kept indefinitely until they feel ready to report to police.  This is so important for a victim-survivor who is not ready to report to police at the time of the incident.  Being able to retain these important evidence kits allows the victim-survivor to know their evidentiary material will be kept safe so that they can report to police at a time when they are ready and of their own choosing.

These and other measures in the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s 2022-23 Budget will help ensure that we provide a best-practice sexual and family violence response in Tasmania that puts victim-survivors at the heart.