The power of data has never been stronger. Under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children data has been ascribed a central role as the foundation for establishing evidence to inform policy and practice to reduce violence against women and their children. The Conference program reflects the six national outcomes of the National Plan. The concurrent sessions explore how data is utilised to produce research and how the research has been disseminated and translated to inform policy and practice to achieve the six outcomes. This session is the beginning of that journey – it will discuss the various data sources established to measure the success of these outcomes, including how they are compiled, utilised and how data is (or is not) shared across agencies.

This is a conversation with 6 data experts about how the data sets available inform our work as researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to reduce violence against women; and importantly what’s missing in the data. It asks: What issues need to be addressed if we are to achieve the aspirational goals of the National Plan?

In this session we will explore:

  • usefulness of available data – how to interpret the information and what to do with it;
  • ownership of data and access to it; and
  • data linkage initiatives and developments.


William Milne Australian Bureau of Statistics

Louise York Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Kim Webster National Community Attitudes Survey, ANROWS

Dr Marian Esler Department of Social Services

Olivia Octoman Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia

Facilitated by Dr Kristin Diemer University of Melbourne