Changing an intervention order (PSIO)
A personal safety intervention order may be changed if required. The Magistrates’ Court will consider how changes impact the protected person.
See the family violence interventions order page if you would like to change an intervention order made against a family member, partner or ex-partner.
If you are the respondent, permission to apply for a change to a PSIO must be granted by the Magistrates’ Court first. This means you must attend a court hearing where a judicial officer will decide if an application can be made. This is called seeking leave to apply. For more information, contact the Magistrates’ Court where the PSIO was made.
Changing a personal safety intervention order (PSIO) is also known as a variation or varying an order.
If you are the applicant or protected person, an application to change a PSIO can be made if you:
- want to have contact with the respondent
- are finding the conditions of the PSIO difficult
- need more protection and want to include further conditions.
To apply, fill in an application to vary a personal safety intervention order form. Contact the Magistrates’ Court where the PSIO was made for more information.
Extending a PSIO
The process for changing a personal safety intervention order has temporarily changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please complete the following documents and contact your nearest court:
Go to the Magistrates’ Court where the PSIO was made an ask for an extension. This should be done at least four weeks before the PSIO expires.
A registrar will give you an application to extend a personal safety intervention order form to fill in. The form can also be completed before going to court.
If an application to extend a PSIO is made, or a PSIO is extended, the police will serve the documents on the respondent.
Contact the Magistrates’ Court where the PSIO was made for more information.
If there are no further applications, the PSIO will finish on the expiry date.
Cancelling a PSIO
Cancelling an PSIO is also known as a revocation or revoking an order.
If you are the applicant or protected person, an application to change a PSIO can be made at any time. This is done by completing an application to revoke a personal safety intervention order form and filing it at your nearest Magistrates’ Court.
The respondent must have permission from the Magistrates’ Court before an application to cancel a PSIO can be made. This is called an application for leave. A judicial officer will decide at a court hearing if an application can be made.
If a judicial officer grants the application and cancels a PSIO, parties involved in the matter must be served with a copy of the application. This includes the police if they made the application for a PSIO.
This is not a full list of legislation associated with this topic. See the Victorian Government's legislation website for more information.