Last updated 14 March 2022
The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 (Qld) (DFVP Act) allows for government and non-government agencies in Queensland to share information with each other where a person’s safety may be at risk (pt 5A DFVP Act). The DFVP Act 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.