The duration of orders for apprehended domestic violence (ADVOs) provided for in the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 has been amended.
From 28 March 2020 the default duration of orders increases to 2 years for adult defendants. It remains 12 months for a defendant who was under 18 years of age at the time the application was first made.
Longer periods can apply if the court considers it necessary. Final orders can be for any period, including an indefinite period.
Unless the court specifies a different period, an order remains in force for the default period under s 79A of the Act. The parties can agree on a different period and the court can make such an order by consent.
Section 79A also sets out the matters to which the court is to have regard when deciding on the period of an order.