The National Domestic Violence Scheme came into effect on 25 November 2017, creating national recognition for Domestic Violence Orders regardless of where in Australia the Order was originally made.
Previously, people who applied for Domestic Violence Orders in one state had to make an application for it to be recognised in the other Australian states and territories.
National recognition of domestic violence orders was one of the recommendations of the Government’s Not Now Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland Report.
Interstate recognition of Domestic Violence Orders is an overdue reform and will assist in streamlining processes for persons dealing with domestic violence.
Link to the Queensland Government’s media statement here: