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An Apprehended Violence Order (“AVO”) can be varied by way of an application to the Local Court filed by:

  • The Protected Person named in the AVO;
  • The guardian of the Protected Person;
  • A Police Officer; or
  • The Defendant upon whom the AVO conditions are imposed.

An application for variation must state the reasons the variation is being sought and the nature of the variation to either the interim or final AVO made against the Defendant.

If a Protected Person is a child, an application for variation can only be made on their behalf by a Police Officer.

The application may not even be considered if the Court believes that there has been no change in the circumstances since the time the AVO was made.

The Court will grant the variation if it is proper to do so having regards to the circumstances. A variation may include:

  • An extension or reduction of the term of the AVO;
  • A change to or removal of certain prohibitions or restrictions imposed by the AVO;
  • The addition of prohibitions or restrictions against the Defendant.

If you require assistance with an AVO matter, you may wish to contact our office and arrange an appointment to see one of our AVO Solicitors in our Sydney office. By appointment, we can also arrange a time for you to see one of our lawyers at a branch office. For a complete listing please see our "Locations" tab.

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