GPS tracking

Identifying new and innovative solutions to keep victims of domestic and family violence safe is a key priority for this Government.  In response to Recommendation 123 of the Not Now, Not Ever report the Queensland Government committed to exploring options to monitor high risk perpetrators of domestic and family violence, taking into account the full range of potential technological solutions, including the use of GPS monitoring, and then trial the most promising model to improve victim safety.

To support this response, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) was commissioned to conduct research into the use of electronic monitoring of domestic and family violence perpetrators in the criminal justice system.

The ANROWs Electronic Monitoring in the Context of Domestic and Family Violence (PDF, 1.3 MB) report found that the use of GPS monitoring in a domestic and family violence context is complex, and requires close consideration of significant issues including technological capability, resourcing, and victim safety. One of the key findings is that for electronic monitoring to be effective in reducing recidivism and increasing victim safety, it cannot be used as a stand-alone method, but as part of an overall case management program incorporating interventions that respond to the risk and needs of individuals.

Information about GPS monitoring and other key findings of the report are contained in the fact sheet GPS Monitoring in the Domestic and Family Violence Context (PDF, 375 KB) GPS Monitoring in the Domestic and Family Violence Context (DOCX, 547 KB).

The Queensland Police Service undertook a trial of GPS monitoring technology using Police officers in simulated domestic and family violence scenarios. Details of that trial are contained in the Domestic and Family Violence GPS-enabled Electronic Monitoring Technology Evaluation Report (PDF, 553 KB) Domestic and Family Violence GPS-enabled Electronic Monitoring Technology Evaluation Report (RTF, 40.7 MB).