MIL-OSI Australia: Keeping Tasmanians safe from family violence

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Source: State of Tasmania Government

10 June 2024

Madeleine Ogilvie, Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation

Tasmania’s nation-leading, family violence electronic monitoring system has now been keeping communities and victim-survivors safe for five years.

Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation, Madeleine Ogilvie, said that keeping Tasmanians safe was a key part of the Tasmanian Government’s 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future, while visiting staff at the Monitoring and Compliance Unit (MCU) in Hobart on Monday. 

“Our nation-leading electronic monitoring program not only monitors offenders, it provides victim-survivors with the option of a discreet monitoring device which enables the MCU to alert them when the family violence offender they’d been involved with is nearby,” Minister Ogilvie said.

“This supports early identification of order breaches and rapid identification of high and emerging-risk situations. 

“Home detention orders, parole orders, high risk offender orders and family violence orders can each include conditions that require electronic monitoring. 

“The Government will continue to use this technology to provide offenders with the opportunity for rehabilitation in their community of origin in a manner that prioritises community safety.”

Electronic monitoring service and equipment provider, Buddi Pty Ltd. was recently awarded a new five year contract to continue to deliver the important program.

The Tasmanian Government has committed to over $100 million to implement its third Family Violence Action Plan 2022-2027: Survivors at the Centre to prevent and respond to family and sexual violence, including $4.7 million a year for the electronic monitoring service. 

The Action Plan includes a 37 per cent increase to core funding to frontline family and sexual violence services, the introduction of electronic monitoring for high-risk family violence perpetrators and the development of Arch Centres.