The Safer Families package announced in the 2016-17 ACT Budget is the largest action to address family violence across government and community organisations in Canberra’s history. The package is delivering more services in new ways, bringing family violence out of the shadows and ensuring those experiencing it get the help and support they need.
The Safer Families package supports the implementation of the commitments made in the ACT Government Response to Family Violence. Released in June 2016, the ACT Government Response to Family Violence detailed 38 separate commitments across the whole of the ACT.
The 2017-18 Budget allocated an additional $2.2 million over four years to Safer Families initiatives, announced in the 2016-17 Budget, to help address family violence. This brings the total Safer Families package for the 2017-18 Budget to $23.5 million over four years.
The ACT Government introduced a Safer Families Levy on 1 July 2016 as part of 2016-17 Budget. The $30 per year levy is applied to all residential and rural properties. The levy funds $19.4 million of the $23.5 million investment in safer families initiatives.