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Tim Cartwright APM - Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor

Tim Cartwright APM was appointed as an independent statutory officer in his role as the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor, on 1 January 2017.

The Monitor is responsible for monitoring and reviewing how the Victorian Government and its agencies deliver the family violence reforms.

Tim Cartwright APM was made the inaugural Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor in August 2016. He was appointed as an independent statutory officer on 1 January 2017 under section 7 of the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor Act 2016.

The position was created after the Royal Commission into Family Violence released its report in 2016. 

The Monitor is an independent officer of the Parliament and reviews how effective the Victorian Government and its agencies are in implementing the family violence reform recommendations.

About Tim Cartwright

Tim retired from Victoria Police in July 2015, serving in the force for more than 40 years. He served as acting Chief Commissioner from late December 2014 until his retirement in mid-2015.

Most of Tim's career was spent in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne in operational roles in uniform, plain clothes, and as a detective. 

From mid-2011, Tim served as Deputy Commissioner of Regional Operations. He was responsible for day-to-day operations, including:

  • counter-terrorism
  • emergency management
  • leading the policing of family violence 
  • all major events and emergencies

As a senior officer, he undertook a number of policy development and project roles, including:

  • development of the first 5 year strategic plan, The Way Ahead
  • first Livescan technology to digitally capture and search  fingerprints

As Acting Chief Commissioner, he:

  • was appointed as the first Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner for Family Violence
  • contributed to Victorian leadership in multiculturalism
  • worked with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to address predatory behaviour in Victoria Police. 
  • built strong and enduring relationships with Muslim and Aboriginal leaders, particularly in Melbourne's north-west

He’s completed assignments with Strathclyde Police in Scotland, Timor Leste, Turkey and Victorian Law Reform Commission and the former Police Board of Victoria.

Tim has a strong interest in community engagement and has had a leadership role in countering family violence in Victoria since the early 1990s. 

He was awarded the Australian Police Medal in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Tim has been a board member of Crime Stoppers Australia and National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.

He's currently an advisory board member for the Australian Intercultural Society and a member of Berry Street’s Board

He has a degree in Criminal Justice from RMIT, and a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management from Monash University (School of Business).

Reviewed 27 March 2019