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Sexual Assault Service Delivery Models

Sexual assault service delivery models have recently been reviewed in Queensland (Australia) to identify gaps in service provision, examine cooperation and integration of key services, and provide options for an evidence-based service delivery model.

In Queensland, sexual assault services are currently provided by 19 specialist non government organisations, in coordination with police, medical, and other services. This is a networked service delivery model, whereby a victim of sexual assault presents at one of the main service providers and other services are linked in around the victim though a system of referrals.

The review proposes that Queensland shift to a co-located service delivery model. According to the review, co-located service delivery has emerged as the best practice model for providing integrated responses to victims of sexual assault. This is a one-stop shop approach where all services are provided in one location (Co-located models are used in the UK,USA, South Africa, and several other Australian States).

It is proposed that funding to non government sexual assault services be redirected to sexual assault hubs, which would provide forensic medical, judicial, counselling, and follow up services to all victims of recent and past sexual assault, including men, women, and children, from the one location.

The review can be found here:

The Government has not yet responded to the recommendations, leaving the future of sexual assault services unclear.

For those who work in the sexual assault sector, I am curious about your experience with the service delivery model/s used?


Maria Howe's picture


Hi Katie,

While I do not have any experience working in the field of sexual assault I looked into who here at WP might be helpful for you to contact. Here are a few names of individuals so that you can look into their profiles and see if contacting them directly might be helpful. I hope this is helpful to you, although you may already be familiar with these contacts.

Take care,

Joy Nwabudike is with Sufficient Grace For Women -

Andrea Powell is the Executive Director of FAIR Fund -

busayo is a Guidance Counsellor at Obafemi Awolowo University -

Juana K is a Social Worker -

Tille Monster is a Community Outreach Coordinator with Raphael House of Portland -

Katie McDonald's picture


Thanks Maria,

Much appreciated.


renalda's picture



Katie McDonald's picture


So the Queensland Government has still not responded to the KPMG report or given any indication of which (if any) of the recommendations it will follow.

It has however renewed the current funding agreements to nongovernment service providers, which suggests that any decision is probably just too hard at the moment.

In the meantime, the Queensland Sexual Assault Network (QSAN) has launched two important reports:
• "The Right to Choose", which contains 25 recommendations to meaningfully shape future service delivery to sexual assault victim/survivors in Queensland; and
• "Limiting Choices", which provides a critical analysis of the hub model proposed by the KPMG report.

Each of these is available here:

The following highlights are taken from these reports:

The KPMG report proposes that a single model of service be applied across Queensland. The ‘hub’ model would offer the same services to anyone who has been sexually assaulted. This effectively silences sexual assault as a social and cultural issue, and treats it as an individual medical problem.

Queensland needs a service delivery system which values and accommodates many different models of service and which recognises the different contexts and needs of different communities and community members.

Any decision to de-fund community-wide services, or reduce their capacity to provide community education and services to women, would only serve to reduce the number of women receiving any support following sexual assault.

Best practice demands that the Queensland sexual assault delivery system be driven by the rights and needs of women who have been sexually assaulted.

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