All disability services workers complete certified training in identifying family violence

In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Department of Health and Human Services

The Victorian Government, through the Council of Australian Governments Disability Reform Council, encourage the Commonwealth Government and the National Disability Insurance Agency to ensure that all disability services workers involved in assessing needs and delivering services have successfully completed certified training in identifying family violence and responding to it. This could include further developing and mandating the units on family violence and responding to suspected abuse in the Community Service Training Package.

  • Forums have been held with the DHHS, FSV and the NDIA focusing on workforce development opportunities for National Disability Insurance Service (NDIS) providers (including accredited training modules and MARAM materials) and exploring flexible measures that relate to participants experiencing family violence.  

    Further progress with the NDIA and related bodies about family violence training has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with engagement to resume in 2021. 

    Through implementation of Recommendation 172, DHHS has delivered training programs for Victorian disability workers to encourage identification and reporting of family violence among people with disabilities.  

    Learnings and improvements, as well as upcoming opportunities for further training (through MARAM) will be shared with the Commonwealth Government and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). 

  • The Victorian Government, led by DET and in collaboration with FSV, is developing vocational education and training (VET) short courses in family violence response and prevention. A course in Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Risk (22510VIC) is now broadly available through TAFEs, dual sector universities and other training providers. 

    Government-subsidised places are available, including for workers in the disability sector. 

    Training material and information to assist the disability workforce with improving family violence literacy and capabilities is under development.  Further VET courses will be delivered from 2021. 

    With the impact of COVID-19, it is expected that material will be shared through the Disability Reform Ministers Meeting during the first half of 2021.  

  • Forecast implementation date: 31 March 2021.

Reviewed 08 January 2021

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