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About the information sharing and MARAM reforms

Slot game The Victorian government is progressing 3 interrelated reforms that are integral to reducing family violence and promoting child wellbeing or safety.

Update on commencement of phase 2

Slot gameIn response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the commencement of phase 2 of the Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS), the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS) and the Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM) in September 2020 has been delayed and will now commence 19 April 2021. 

Slot gameThis delay will support the critical role educators and universal health services play in Victoria.

Slot gameExisting legislative frameworks for appropriate information sharing remain in place in cases where there are concerns for the safety of children and victim survivors of family violence. Mandatory reporting also remains in place where there are concerns for the safety of children.

Preparation for the commencement of phase 2 in 2021 is continuing. Departments and agencies continue to develop a range of supports, such as toolkits, online briefings and workshops to support the implementation of CISS, FVISS and MARAM.

The 3 reforms

Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS)

CISS enables authorised organisations and services to share information to promote the wellbeing or safety of children. Find more information on child information sharing.

Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS)

FVISS enables authorised organisations and services to share information to facilitate assessment and management of family violence risk to children and adults. Find more information on family violence information sharing.

Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM)

MARAM sets out the responsibilities of different workforces in identifying, assessing and managing family violence risk across the family violence and broader service system. MARAM will guide information sharing under both information sharing schemes wherever family violence is present. Find more information on the MARAM framework.

Timeline of reforms

Initial group: 1 February 2018

Slot gameFVISS started for an initial group of information sharing entities (key organisations and services).

Phase 1: 1 September 2018

More organisations and services were prescribed under both information sharing schemes and MARAM.

Phase 2: 19 April 2021 

Slot gameSubject to consultation, in April 2021 additional organisations and services are likely to be authorised under all 3 reforms.

Which organisations must apply the reforms?

Information can only be shared under the reforms by organisations prescribed as Information Sharing Entities (ISEs).

Under the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme some ISEs are also prescribed as Risk Assessment Entities (RAEs). RAEs are indicated in the sections below with (RAE).

List of authorised organisations and services

All organisations and services prescribed as Information Sharing Entities (ISEs) can access the online ISE list. The online ISE list is a database that can be used to identify other organisations and services prescribed under the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme and the Child Information Sharing Scheme.

Slot gameISEs are prescribed under the:

  • Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme as specified by the Family Violence Protection (Information Sharing and Risk Management) Regulations 2018.
  • Child Information Sharing Scheme as specified by the Child Wellbeing and Safety (Information Sharing) Regulations 2018.

Access the ISE list

ISE List User Guide (online version)

More information

Visit family violence reform for other staff resources, and the history and progress of family violence reform.

Reviewed 27 November 2020

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