Who is leading the change
- Family Safety Victoria
The Victorian Government require all funded family violence services to achieve Rainbow Tick accreditation. This should be achieved by means of a staged approach, using workforce training and LGBTI equity auditing followed by full accreditation. An evaluation should be conducted to determine whether all family violence services are suitably responsive to and inclusive of LGBTI people.
Government has delivered a pragmatic, staged approach to the implementation of this recommendation, including:
- Prioritise supporting at least one service provider from each of the 17 Department of Health and Human Services areas to undertake Rainbow Tick accreditation.
- Encourage all other funded family violence service providers to undertake HOW2 ‘Rainbow Tick Ready’ Program training (HOW2 Program training)
- Implementing other LGBTI+ inclusive practice capacity building initiatives that are supporting LGBTI+ inclusion across the family violence sector.
Through the 2016-17 State Budget, the government funded 20 specialist family violence services to undertake Rainbow Tick accreditation. Services were selected to ensure coverage across the state and specialist service areas. In addition, 6 Aboriginal family violence services have been supported to undertake the accreditation. The government also funded the roll out of HOW2 inclusive practice training to the family violence sector, including services supported to undertake accreditation.
In addition, to support family service providers undertaking Rainbow Tick accreditation, Family Safety Victoria funded a state-wide LGBTI+ Inclusion Advisor position and a state-wide Aboriginal Rainbow Tick Project Worker position. Work is also underway to deliver a LGBTI+ Capacity Building Initiative that will further build LGBTI+ inclusion across the sector, with this project having commenced in the second half of 2020.
All family violence services will continue to be encouraged to undertake full accreditation over time and to engage in other LGBTI+ capacity building activities.
The provision of support for at least 1 family violence service provider from each of the 17 Department of Health and Human Services areas to undertake Rainbow Tick accreditation is complete. The roll-out of HOW2 inclusive practice training to funded family violence services is also now complete.
26 service providers have been funded to undertake Rainbow Tick accreditation, including 6 Aboriginal services.
As at 15 June 2020, 6 of the first tranche of 20 service providers have attained Rainbow Tick accreditation. The remaining 14 specialist service providers are expected to complete the accreditation process in the first half of 2021.
Several service providers have been delayed in achieving accreditation due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2018-19, 6 Aboriginal family violence services were supported to undertake Rainbow Tick accreditation bringing the total number of family violence services supported by government to 26. The Aboriginal organisations commenced the HOW2 Program training in the second half of 2019. Family Safety Victoria has also funded the development of an Aboriginal stream of the HOW2 training program, as well as a Statewide LGBTI+A+ Aboriginal Rainbow Tick Project
Worker position that commenced in early 2020 to support the 6 Aboriginal organisations undertaking Rainbow Tick accreditation. It is anticipated that they will attain accreditation in 2021.
Family Safety Victoria has also established and funded a LGBTI+ state-wide Inclusion Advisor based at Domestic Violence Victoria, which is supporting the 20 first tranche family violence services and working to build LGBTI+ inclusion across the sector.
This work will continue to be supported by further LGBTI+ inclusion capacity building activity, including through the LGBTI+ Family Violence Capacity Building initiative.
Forecast implementation date: 30 June 2021.
Reviewed 07 January 2021