Information sharing and MARAM reforms

13 April 2021
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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) will commence phase two for organisations on 19 April.

Phase two expands the number of prescribed workforces to include universal services such as schools and early childhood education and care services, as well as the following:

•    Ambulance Victoria

•    Bush Nursing Centres

•    Community Health services

•    Community-managed mental health services

•    Early Parenting Centres

•    Forensic Disability

•    Hospitals

•    Homelessness (all remaining services)

•    Multiple and Complex Needs Initiative (MACNI)

•    Refugee Minor Program

•    Registered community housing associations or registered housing providers

•    State funded Aged Care services

•    Supported Playgroups (DFFH funded)

•    Tenancy Plus

What are the Information Sharing Schemes?

  • CISS enables the sharing of information to promote the wellbeing or safety of a child or a group of children. The CISS was established under Part 6A of the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005.  
  • FVISS enables the sharing of information for family violence risk assessment or risk management in relation to both children and adults. It was established under Part 5A of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008.  
  • The Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM) sets out key principles and pillars that should be embedded into an organisation’s policies, procedures, and risk assessment tools to ensure services can effectively identify, assess, and manage family violence risk. It was established under Part 11 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008.

General Practitioners will be prescribed under the Child and Family Violence Information Sharing Schemes from 19 April 2021. General practitioners will not be prescribed under MARAM. Resources and training have been developed to assist organisations to implement the Information Sharing Schemes and to commence their MARAM alignment. For organisational leaders, Leading Alignment MARAM training is available.

Register here.