In December 2019, DV Vic provided a submission to Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) regarding changes to the proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) under the Residential Tenancies
Amendment Act 2018 (Vic) (the Amendment Act) to increase support, protections and housing security for victim-survivors of family violence. These changes are in line with the recommendations of the Victorian
Royal Commission into Family Violence. DV Vic supports the changes and the increased protections they will provide for victim-survivors of family violence in private rental accommodation once they are fully implemented.
As recognised in the Family Violence Royal Commission and subsequent amendments made to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic) (the RTA), real estate agents are in a unique position to identify and respond to family violence. As housing providers and landlords, they may be one of the first to become aware of a family violence situation and are well placed to identify risk, refer adult and child victim-survivors to appropriate support services, avoid acting in a way that is punitive and removes perpetrator accountability, and importantly supports safe and secure tenancies.