Recent changes to the domestic violence legislation have introduced an information sharing scheme in the DFVP Act. This allows for government and non-government agencies in Queensland to share information with each other where a person’s safety may be at risk. The legislation requires agencies to ask for a person’s consent to share information where safe, possible and practical but allows information to be shared where the agency reasonably believes:
- a person fears or is experiencing domestic violence and
- the information may help another service receiving the information to assess whether there is a serious threat to the person’s life, health or safety because of domestic violence.
Agencies included in the information sharing scheme are government departments, such as child protection services, corrective services, police and health services, and also includes specialist domestic violence service providers or support service provider. There are confidentiality obligations on the agencies involved as well as the requirement to develop guidelines to protect people’s information privacy.