A recorded video or audio statement of a domestic violence complainant, known as Domestic Violence Evidence in Chief, or DVEC, is admissible as evidence in chief in criminal proceedings for domestic violence offences and in concurrent or related proceedings for applications for apprehended domestic violence orders under the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007. This is pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 6, Part 4B of the Criminal Procedure Act 1986.
In the recent Supreme Court case of Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) v Banks  NSWSC 363 the court determined that a DVEC may be admitted to evidence even where the complainant is not present at the hearing of the matter – although whether or not it actually will be admitted depends on the provisions of the Evidence Act, as for any other piece of evidence.
The considerations under the Evidence Act of the complainant’s reliability and the prejudice to the defendant of not being able to cross-examine the complainant still have to be overcome. A defendant’s solicitor should still be prepared to argue strongly against the DVEC being admitted in those circumstances.
The commentaries in the By Lawyers Criminal and Apprehended Violence Orders publications have been amended accordingly.