Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme and Child Information Sharing Scheme

From 19 April 2021, all Monash Health program areas became prescribed Information Sharing Entities (ISE) under the Family Violence Protection Act (2008) and Child Wellbeing and Safety Act (2005).

Monash Health has developed a process for Information Sharing Entities (ISEs) and Risk Assessment Entities (RAEs) to request relevant information under the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS) and the Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS). The FVISS and CISS complement existing release of information processes, as outlined below.

LegislationDescriptionForward request to
Child, Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005

Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS)

Allows requests for release of information under the Child Information Sharing Scheme, by authorised Information Sharing Entities and/or Risk Assessment Entities, to protect a child or group of children

Family Violence Team

Email: ISS@monashhealth.org

Family Violence Protection Act 2008

Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS)

Allows requests for the release of information under the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme, by authorised Information Sharing Entities and/or Risk Assessment Entities, for a family violence assessment or protection purpose

Family Violence Team

Email: ISS@monashhealth.org

 

Children, Youth and Families Act 2005Allows information sharing in certain circumstances (i.e. to protect children from harm), by authorised child protection practitioners

Release of Information Unit

Email: health.info@monashhealth.org
Phone: (03) 9594 2112
Fax: (03) 9594 6227

For further information, see Release of Information – Accessing Patient Information

Freedom of Information Act 1982Allows individuals to request information from their personal medical record

Freedom of Information Unit

Email: foi@monashhealth.org
Phone: (03) 9594 2123

For further information, see Health records requests

All other requestsAll other requests for patient information from third parties (including the Coroner, Courts, Victoria Police, AHPRA, Ambulance Victoria, Centrelink, Department of Veterans Affairs or other health services)

Release of Information Unit

Email: health.info@monashhealth.org
Phone: (03) 9594 2112
Fax: (03) 9594 6227

For further information, see Release of Information – Accessing Patient Information

How to request information under FVISS and CISS

To request information from Monash Health under either scheme:

Download the Information Sharing Request form

Need more information?

To learn more about Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS) and Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS) visit the Victorian Government website:

Information sharing and MARAM reforms

Victorian Government website

For the Information Sharing Entity list that can be used to identify organisations prescribed under the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS) and Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS), please visit:

ISE list

Victorian Government website

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