Below is an overview of the priority area to support you in giving your feedback, followed by a set of questions related to the information we have provided.

This package of information highlights what government has done so far, and what it intends to do over the coming three years, to develop a sustainable specialist family violence workforce:

  • Priority area overview summarises what government is doing and shows how workforce development activities support the achievement of the Family Violence Outcomes Framework (FVOF) as we continue to implement Royal Commission recommendations
  • Achievements since 2016 showcases key achievements during RAP1
  • Rolling action plan 2020–2023 sets out the activities government proposes to deliver for this priority over the next three years
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts reflects on how coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted workforce initiatives
  • Reform principles shows how the three reform principles (Aboriginal self-determination, lived experience and intersectionality) have been considered in designing our strategy for building a specialist family violence workforce.

NOTE: An accessible word version and high resolution PDF of the same information is also available to view and download below.

Building a specialist family violence workforce is at the core of Victoria’s family violence reform. The government’s Building from Strength: 10-year Industry Plan is the strategy that will deliver this.

Strengthening the Foundations is the first of three rolling action plans under the Industry Plan. It sets out the key initiatives to building workforce capability across specialist family violence prevention and response, and the broader workforces intersecting with family violence. This first phase includes activities focused on recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce where practitioners are supported, valued and skilled.

How we are building and developing workforce capability

The Family Violence Outcomes Framework (FVOF)

The FVOF articulates the government's vision to end family violence; the four domains reflect the long term outcomes sought through the collective efforts of the reform. The domains represent the key priorities in preventing and responding to family violence and clarifying what constitutes success.

Activities in this priority area will likely have the greatest impact in achieving outcomes against the highlighted FVOF domains:

Royal Commission into Family Violence (RCFV)

With more than two-thirds of the Family Violence Royal Commission recommendations now implemented, delivery of activities under this priority over the next three years will continue to support recommendation implementation. Updates will continue to be provided via the website.


We are building sector and organisational capability:

  • providing change management support to train workers as we continue the roll out of the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Management Framework (MARAM)
  • developing resources to support capacity-building on intersectionality for the specialist family violence and broader community services sector.


We are building prevention and response capability:

  • world-first Family Violence Centre of Learning created and built by Victoria Police to improve family violence education across all ranks
  • developed and implemented accredited training units and courses to grow the skills and capabilities of workforces intersecting with family violence
  • launched Women's Health Services Workforce Capacity Building Program to build the capacity of regional partners to prevent family violence.


We are developing family violence career pathways to support a sustainable, specialist family violence sector:

  • launched the Family Violence Job Hub web portal and “So what do you do” attraction and recruitment campaign in May 2020 to help grow the family violence workforce
  • developed the Fast Track Professional Development Program to grow senior management and leadership positions within the specialist family violence workforce
  • strengthened leadership through a Leadership Intensive Series bringing together public sector leaders, academia and the social service sector
  • supporting the Enhanced Pathways to Family Violence Work Project delivering student placement opportunities in family violence organisations.


We are building the health, safety and wellbeing of the workforce:

  • ongoing development of the Family Violence Health, Safety and Wellbeing Framework
  • prioritising the health, safety and wellbeing of the workforce through providing a positive and supportive work environment.

Proposed activities

NB: Timeline milestones have been included where applicable; text in panels indicates an ongoing and/or non date specific activity.

Service delivery adaptation, learnings and innovations during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted service delivery across the family violence reform. The most significant impact for the family violence workforce has been a transition from face-to-face to online delivery for most activities.

NB: This is an interim summary of the impacts, adaptations and innovations which have arisen as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). These will continue to be monitored and considered as the final RAP is developed.

Impact on training and development

There has been no significant impact on the overall timeframes for delivery of planned workforce development activities arising from coronavirus (COVID-19). While organisations continue to provide information, skills and knowledge for practitioners to undertake prevention and response activities, the working from home directive has resulted in changes to how these activities are delivered.

  • As required by Vocational Education and Training, delivery of all training will be underpinned by high quality approaches that actively manage risks such as trauma.

Operational response

  • While not developed as a response to coronavirus (COVID-19), the launch of the Victorian Government Family Violence Job Hub may help fill urgent short-term roles during coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Hotel for Heroes accommodation is available to critical workforces to self-isolate during coronavirus (COVID-19), delivering on the Workforce Development commitment to consider the health, safety and welfare of the family violence workforce.

The principles that underpin the reform have been considered in designing our strategy for building a specialist family violence workforce.

Lived Experience

  • Specialist knowledge, expertise and lived experience are central in the design and delivery of training initiatives and pathways to minimum qualifications for family violence practitioners.
  • The Industry Taskforce, which is the critical stakeholder lead on the development of the Industry Plan and Strengthening the Foundations, includes representation from the Victim Survivors Advisory Council to ensure family violence reform policy and strategy is informed by lived experience.


  • Actions under Everybody Matters: Inclusion and Equity Statement, including the Intersectionality Capacity Building project have been funded through the Industry Plan.
  • Strengthening the Foundations: the first of three rolling action plans under the Industry Plan was developed using a gendered and intersectional lens, ensuring intersectionality is embedded in all the key focus areas.
  • The detailed action plan includes as Action 3.8: Reduce workforce entry barriers to increase workforce diversity, working towards achieving a workforce that reflects the community.

Aboriginal Self-Determination

  • In line with Aboriginal self-determination, the design of pathways and support for Aboriginal practitioners will be led by the Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum.
  • Activities will be guided through the implementation of Dhelk Dja: Safe Our Way, Strategic Priority Three: Self-determining Aboriginal family violence support and services, and a forthcoming Aboriginal Family Violence Industry Strategy.

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