National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Intervention

This is the first national report on the National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions (NOSPI).

Keeping perpetrators accountable across all systems was one of the six national priority areas under the Third Action Plan 2016–19 of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022. A key action outlined in the Third Action Plan is to implement key
performance indicators against the NOSPI and develop an approach to report against these indicators annually to drive further refinements and improvements.

The NOSPI Headline Standards and scope were developed through extensive consultation with all jurisdictions and non–government experts in every state and territory in mid–2015, and were agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on 11 December 2015.

The Headline Standards are:

  1. Women and their children’s safety is the core priority of all perpetrator interventions
  2. Perpetrators get the right interventions at the right time
  3. Perpetrators face justice and legal consequences when they commit violence
  4. Perpetrators participate in programmes and services that enable them to change their violent behaviours and attitudes
  5. Perpetrator interventions are driven by credible evidence to continuously improve
  6. People working in perpetrator intervention systems are skilled in responding to the dynamics and impacts of domestic, family and sexual violence