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Develop a 10-year industry plan for family violence prevention and response

Recommendation 207 - In Progress

The Victorian Government develop or commission the development of a 10-year industry plan for family violence prevention and response in Victoria, to be delivered by 31 December 2017, with commensurate funding for workforce transition and enhancement to begin from that date. The plan should cover:

  • the workforce requirements of all government and non-government agencies and services that have or will have responsibility for preventing or responding to family violence - among them specialist family violence services, perpetrator interventions, police, legal and justice services, and universal and secondary service systems
  • remuneration, capability and qualifications, workforce diversity, professional development needs, career development and workforce health.

What we are doing

Government departments and relevant sector representatives are working together to develop a 10-year industry plan for family violence prevention and response in Victoria. This will encompass:

  1. the establishment of an Industry Taskforce as the key advisory and consultation body on the development of the Industry Plan and associated workforce and sector reforms in Victoria.
  2. the development of a strong evidence base for the Industry Plan by undertaking a census spanning the range of workforces playing a role in preventing, identifying and responding to family violence. The census will collect information to inform the Industry Plan, including data on access to professional development, cultural safety, inclusive practice, diversity in the workforce, health and wellbeing and career aspirations.
  3. extensive and ongoing engagement with the sector and the broader community, including intensive Industry Plan consultation sessions with the members of the Industry Taskforce.

Where we are up to

The Industry Taskforce has been established, and work has commenced on the development of the Industry Plan. This includes the endorsement of a forward work plan for the next 12 months, and the formation of a number of expert sub-groups which will provide a dedicated focus on priority aspects of the Taskforce’s work.

Initial work has also commenced on the development of the workforce census, with data collected informing the ongoing development of the Industry Plan.


Forecast end date: Last quarter 2017.

Who is leading the change

Department of Premier and Cabinet