From 1 July 2019, all Protection Orders – including ones granted before then – will have extra standard conditions.
This means from July, you’ll need to follow the extra conditions and the ones in the Protection Order you’ve just received.
The changes are about:
It’s against the law to breach any of the conditions in a Protection Order.
If you’re protected by an order (you’re the Applicant or Protected Person) or you’ve been violent (the Respondent), here’s how the changes will affect you.
If the protected person wants to have contact with the respondent, they must say it’s OK (give consent) in writing. They can give written consent by email, letter, text or other digital message.
However, if the court included special conditions restricting contact (such as supervised contact for a child or other no-contact conditions), they must be followed.
The protected person can change their mind and stop contact with the respondent. They can withdraw consent at any time in any way (so they don’t need to do it in writing, they can just tell them).
A breach of a Property Order will be treated as a breach of a Protection Order. This means breaching a Property Order is an offence and the offender can be arrested.
The types of abuse the violent person must not do will expand to include:
The definition of family violence will also expand to include:
For more information on these changes, go to: