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​The NSW Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

The NSW Government is delivering on its key election commitment and launched the NSW Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) on 13 April 2016.

The DVDS helps people who may be at risk of domestic violence to find out if their current or former partner has a history of violent criminal offences. 

The scheme is the first of its kind in Australia and one of the NSW Government’s strategies to help reduce domestic violence in NSW. 

The DVDS is being piloted in four NSW Police Force Local Area Commands:

  • Oxley​​ (Tamworth region)
  • Shoalhaven (Nowra region)
  • Sutherland (Menai/Engadine/Sutherland region)
  • St George (Kogarah/Hurstville region).
​A list of postcodes and police stations covered by the participating local area commands is available on the NSW Police website.​

Consultation

The model of the DVDS was informed through a wide public consultation process which included a roundtable and targeted workshops with government and non-government organisations.

To view a summary of the consultation process, download it here.​

Privacy Directions

The NSW Privacy Commissioner has made a public interest direction under s62 of the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 1998, and a related public interest direction under s41 of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. ​

The public interest directions permit the collection, withholding, use and disclosure of personal and health information by NSW public sector agencies and contracted service providers for the purpose of the DVDS Pilot. The directions were made on 13 April 2016 and will expire on 12 April 2018. 

More information​

​Application forms

A person who may be at risk, or a concerned third party, such as friend, relative or professional working with the family may apply.

  • Person at risk - Application to receive information about my current or former partner
  • Third party - Application for someone I am concerned about to receive information​

​To find out more information, follow this link.​​​