The WP Survey targeted specialists working for the following types of employers:
- Specialist family violence (victim survivor) services (SFVS) organisations
- Sexual assault support services (SASS) organisations
- Family violence perpetrator intervention (FVPI) organisations
- Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCO)
- The Orange Door Network (TODN), including child wellbeing specialists.
The final survey sample was 1,049 responses, representing a response rate of approximately 35% of the target population.
Response by organisation type
The largest number and proportion of those who responded to the survey were from SFVS organisations, with 41% (426 persons) stating they worked for a SFVS organisation providing victim survivor services (Table 1).
In comparison, 28% of those who responded (289 persons) were employed by TOD Network, 15% (162 persons) were employed by a SASS organisation, 10% (110 persons) were employed by a FVPI provider and 6% (62 persons) were employed by an ACCO.
Table 1: Where do you work?
Source. Question 1, WP Survey 2022
The survey’s eligibility rules included child wellbeing specialists working in TOD network. From those working in TOD network:
- 18 respondents identified their role as dedicated to supporting families needing support with the care and wellbeing of children and young people,
- 88 respondents identified their role as dedicated to working with victim survivors and/or people using family violence, and
- 183 respondents stated they supported both (Table 2).
Table 2: What client groups do you primarily provide services to directly or indirectly (as part of TOD network workforce)?
|Victim survivors and/or people using family violence||88||30%|
|Families needing support with the care and wellbeing of children and young people||18||6%|
|Both of the above||183||63%|
Source. Question 1A, WP Survey 2022
Response by geographic location
61% of those who responded (638 persons) stated they work in metropolitan Melbourne, with the remainder (400 persons) working in regional Victoria (Table 3).
Focusing on those who responded from regional Victoria:
- 10% (104 persons) worked in the Loddon Mallee region,
- 9% (95 persons) worked in the Gippsland region,
- 7% (73 persons) worked in the Hume region,
- 7% (71 persons) worked in the Barwon South-West Region and
- 5% (57 persons) worked in the Grampians region.
Table 3: In your main role, what region and Local Government Area do you work in?
|Loddon Mallee region||104||10%|
|Barwon South-West region||71||7%|
Source. Question 3, WP Survey 2022
A much larger proportion of people working in metropolitan Melbourne worked in large organisations (organisations with more than 100 staff). 52% of people who delivered services into metropolitan areas worked for large organisations, compared to 36% of people delivering services into regional Victoria.
Response by type of service provision
Fifty-five percent of those who responded (573 persons) stated their role provides services across multiple locations, with only 29% (300 persons) stating that their role provides services only in the location they work (Table 4). 8% (84 persons) stated their role provides state-wide services, with 3% (35 persons) stating their role provides Melbourne-wide services, 3% (27 persons) stating their role provides regional Victoria wide services and 2% (22 persons) stating their role provides national services.
Table 4: In your main role, which location/s do you provide services to?
|My role provides services across multiple locations||573||55%|
|My role provides services in the location I work in (i.e. the location of the office where I work)||300||29%|
|My role provides state-wide services||84||8%|
|My role provides metropolitan Melbourne-wide services||35||3%|
|My role provides regional Victoria-wide services||27||3%|
|My role provides national services||22||2%|
|Don’t know/unsure (Please list postcode(s))||6||<1%|
Source. Question 4, WP Survey 2022
People working for organisations delivering services in the regions were more likely to provide services across multiple locations. 59% of people in regional Victoria stated their role provides services across multiple locations compared to 53% in metropolitan Melbourne. People who were securely employed were also more likely to deliver services for organisations across multiple locations. 56% of those employed on an ongoing basis delivered services for organisations across multiple locations, compared to 47% of those employed on an insecure basis.
Response by organisation size
48% of those who responded (501 persons) stated they worked in an organisation where 200 or more individuals were employed, followed by 19% (202 persons) who stated they worked in an organisation with 20-49 individuals, and 13% (133 persons) who stated they worked in an organisation with 100-199 individuals (Table 5).
Table 5: How many individuals are employed in the organisation you work for (for this role)?
|1 to 4||13||1%|
|5 to 19||96||9%|
|20 to 49||202||19%|
|50 to 99||96||9%|
|100 to 199||133||13%|
|200 or more||501||48%|
|I am self-employed||<5||<1%|
Source. Question 2, WP Survey 2022
 Family violence perpetrator intervention organisation combines workers within specialist family violence services organisations (services for adults using violence) and Men's Behaviour Change Program providers.
 For a detailed definition of the specialist target population, please refer to the Appendix.
 The distribution across regional and metropolitan Victoria provides some assurance that the survey sample contains a diversity of workforce views on the basis of the geographical location of the delivery of services. See the Appendix for further detail.