An Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) made outside of New South Wales (NSW) is called an 'Interstate Domestic Violence Order (DVO)' or 'Non-Local Domestic Violence Order (Non-Local DVO)'. It may also be referred to as an Intervention Order, Family Violence Order, Family Violence Intervention Order or a Violence Restraining Order. A Domestic Violence Order made in New Zealand is called a 'Foreign Order'.
DVOs made after 25 November 2017
A DVO made on or after 25 November 2017 is automatically recognised and enforceable in any Australian state or territory. A registered foreign order will automatically be recognised in other Australian states and territories. The protected person does not need to make a separate application to register the order.
From 25 November 2017 a registered foreign order will automatically be recognised in other states and territories.
If the DVO is varied (changed) or revoked (cancelled) in any state or territory, it will automatically replace the original order.
DVOs made before 25 November 2017
A DVO made before 25 November 2017 is not automatically recognised in another Australian state, territory or New Zealand unless the protected person makes an application to any Local Court for the DVO to be declared and nationally recognised. There is no requirement for the notice of the declaration to be served on you. This means that the DVO will be recognised and enforceable in any Australian state, territory or New Zealand.
If you have concerns that you may unknowingly breach the DVO, you should get legal advice.
An Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO) made outside of NSW is called an 'External Protection Order'. The protected person can register an External Protection Order in NSW if they move to NSW, as long as the original order was served on you. Once registered, the order will operate as an APVO in NSW.
An APVO made in NSW may be registered in another Australian state or territory, or in New Zealand.
If an APVO has been made against you in NSW and you don't know if it will apply in another state or territory, you should get legal advice.