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 , and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) focusing on workforce development opportunities for providers (including accredited training modules and 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.
Learnings and improvements, as well as upcoming opportunities for further training (through MARAM) will be shared with the Commonwealth Government and the NDIA.
The Victorian Executive Steering Committee brings together representatives of the Commonwealth Department of Social Services, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and the NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission to monitor implementation of the NDIS in Victoria.
Through this forum, Victoria has promoted the importance of family violence capability within the NDIS workforce and has established a working group between the NDIA, NDIS Commission, to assess and respond to the training and resource needs of the respective disability and family violence workforces.
Reviewed 11 October 2021