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Family violence workforce census

Shaping the future

Victoria’s first family violence workforce census gives workers the opportunity to have a voice on the key issues affecting them and to shape the 10-year Family Violence Industry Plan.

Questions relate to demographics and occupational data, qualifications, access to professional development, workload, working conditions and remuneration, health and wellbeing and future intentions.

The census is voluntary and does not collect any personal identifiers such as name, address or date of birth. 

It should take around 20 minutes to complete and you have until Friday 5 May 2017 to do so.

Complete the census now


If you have any queries about the questions or are experiencing technical issues with the census platform, please refer to the frequently asked questions or contact KPMG on 03 9838 4750

Workers encouraged to take part

The census is designed for paid employees aged 18 and over who play a role in preventing, identifying and responding to family violence.

In addition to the crucial work done by specialist family violence and primary prevention workers, workforces from the following sectors all intersect with family violence:

  • health
  • education
  • justice
  • community.

Specific examples of relevant roles are also contained in the downloadable factsheet below. 

Workforces in scope guidance Workforces in scope guidancePDF (131.85 KB)

Strong participation in the census will help the government address the industry challenges highlighted by the Royal Commission into Family Violence and enable a more systematic approach to workforce planning and development.

There are a number of helplines and support services you can contact if completing the census raises sensitive issues for you.

The Industry Plan

The results of the workforce census will create an evidence base for the 10-year Family Violence Industry Plan, to be released in December 2017.

This is separate to the overarching 10-year plan developed in the wake of the Royal Commission, Ending Family Violence: Victoria's Plan for Change

It’s important that the Industry Plan is built on a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the workforces that prevent, identify and respond to family violence in Victoria.

Census participants and the community will benefit from future workforce planning and decisions being informed by research and evidence, contributing to a stronger, more effective family violence system in Victoria.

To stay up-to-date with results of the workforce census and other developments across the sector, sign up to the Family Violence Reform Newsletter.


The Department of Premier and Cabinet has engaged KPMG to design and deliver the census and has partnered with the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) and Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) to promote it.


For further information please refer to the frequently asked questions or contact the Workforce and Sector Readiness Branch at Department of Premier and Cabinet via workforce.census@dpc.vic.gov.au


If you have any concerns about the nature of the research, please contact either: