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All disability services workers complete certified training in identifying family violence


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 Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH), Family Safety Victoria and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) focusing on workforce development opportunities for National Disability Insurance Service (NDIS)External Link providers (including accredited training modules and Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (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, DFFH 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 NDIA.

  • The Victorian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)External Link 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, Family Safety Victoria to assess and respond to the training and resource needs of the respective disability and family violence workforces.

  • Implemented.

Reviewed 11 October 2021

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