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‘Low priority’: Domestic violence victims wait another year for super scheme

A scheme to help women fleeing abusive relationships more easily find out if their partner is hiding superannuation won’t be set up until mid-2021, a year later than expected, because it’s a low priority for Treasury.

The program for the tax office to share information faster and more easily with the Family Court was promised in the 2018 Women’s Economic Security Statement. It was again mentioned in the updated statement released with the October 6 budget.

A scheme meant to help domestic violence victims find out if their partners owe them superannuation won't be ready for at least another year.

A scheme meant to help domestic violence victims find out if their partners owe them superannuation won’t be ready for at least another year.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

Domestic violence advocates and legal services had expected it in place by July. But officials from the Attorney-General’s Department told a Senate estimates hearing Treasury was in charge of the necessary law changes and the delay was largely down to waiting for those amendments.

“The most recent advice I’ve had from Treasury is they’re looking to do it mid-next year,” acting assistant secretary Dianne Orr said.

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