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Minimum Standards for Men's Behaviour Change Programs

The NSW Government has introduced minimum standards for men’s domestic violence behaviour change programs.

In NSW there are currently a range of men’s domestic violence behaviour change group programs. Programs are provided by government agencies as well as non-government services. They may be delivered in custodial settings, by welfare groups and counselling services. These agencies provide a valuable service to men seeking to change their abusive behaviour.

The objective of the minimum standards is to ensure that all programs in NSW reflect good practice and are safe and effective in changing the behaviour of perpetrators of domestic violence. While there is room for variation in the methods and approaches adopted by program providers, this minimum standards set benchmarks that apply to all programs.

Minimum Standards for Men’s Behaviour Change Programs

Programs that comply with the minimum standards

NSW has three new providers who meet the minimum standards, and two provisionally registered providers who are entering into a partnership with Corrective Services NSW to assist them build up supervised practice hours for men's behaviour change program delivery. ​

For a downloadable list of providers, click on the link: Registered program list MBCP August 2016.pdf

Approved ProviderApproved ProgramContactLocation
Corrective Services NSW & Anglicare Diocese of SydneyEQUIPS – Domestic Abuse Program9895 8144Parramatta
BaptistCare NSW and ACTBaptistCare Relationship Services: Facing Up Program

1300 130 225 or

8713 4333


1300 130 225 or

4624 8700

Campbell town

1300 130 225 or

4352 7900

Catholic CareMen and Family Relationships Program8723 2222Fairfield
Kempsey Family Support Service Inc.MEND - Men's Domestic Violence Behaviour Change Project 6568 7657

6563 1588
Coffs Harbour

Men and Family Centre Inc.Men Exploring New Directions (MEND)6622 6116

(07) 5536 8868

Tweed Heads
Corrective Services NSW & Mission AustraliaEQUIPS - Domestic Abuse Program 0437 962 615Dubbo
Port Macquarie Hastings Domestic and Family Violence Service



(Note: 2 x 12 week programs per annum.  Options include appointments between programs with a psychologist who is experienced MBCP facilitator)

6583 2155Port Macquarie
Relationships Australia, Canberra and RegionsTaking Responsibility for Respectful Relationships program02 69239100 and mobile 0429400590Wagga Wagga
Relationships Australia NSWTaking Responsibility – a course for men

49401500 or

1300 364 277

Broadmeadow / Maitland

94188800 or

1300 364 277

Macquarie Park

83622888 or

1300 364 277

Sydney City

42212000 or

1300 364 277


98063299 or

1300 364 277

​"47284800 or 1300364277 Penrith

Review of the Minimum Standards in 2016

The Department of Justice completed the consultation on the review of the minimum standards in December 2016.  

It is antici​pated that any revision to the minimum standards will be released early 2017.

For more information click here​​

Updated minimum dataset

The Department of Justice has worked with the registered men's behaviour change programs to update the minimum dataset to better reflect the work providers are doing, and to support providers evaluate their programs and contribute to an evidence base for the effectiveness of behaviour change groups. 

The revised dataset will be trialled for six months from 1 July 2016 to December 2016.

Click herefor the revised minimum dataset template.