On 31 May 2020, Senators Marise Payne and Anne Ruston proposed the draft terms of reference (TOR) for an inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence.
Minister Payne indicated the challenging start to 2020 with the pandemic and associated restrictions required renewed consideration on how to reduce family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia.
On the other hand, Senator Ruston said the level of family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia remains high.
In March 2020, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a $150 million domestic violence support package to help services meet demand during the COVID-19 crisis.
As part of the package, the government has lauched a new awareness campaign, Help is Here, to promote the two national helplines (1800RESPECT and MensLine Australia), bolstered resources to the helplines and other Commonwealth funded programs, and transferred $27.8 million to states and territories to support local services.