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Workers delivering community care services complete certified training in family violence and review the existing Community Services Training Package course


Who is leading the change

  • Department of Education

The Victorian Government, through the Council of Australian Governments, will encourage the Commonwealth Government to:

  • ensure that the Human Resource Management Standard in the Community Care Common Standards Guide specifies that workers delivering services must have successfully completed certified training in identifying family violence and responding to it
  • review the existing Community Services Training Package courses relevant to providing ageing support to ensure that each course has a core, rather than elective, unit that adequately covers all manifestations of family violence
  • The Premier and relevant ministers have advocated the need for a strong, coordinated effort through (Council of Australian Governments) COAG to drive the level of national reform needed to ensure that women and children are kept safe. In August 2016, the Premier wrote to the Prime Minister proposing national work to implement recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

    Victoria has encouraged the Commonwealth Government to ensure that workers providing Commonwealth funded ageing support services are required to have completed family violence training, and that family violence training will be a mandatory part of their qualifications.

    The Victorian Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing has written to his Commonwealth counterpart, to urge the Commonwealth to ensure that the standards for Commonwealth funded residential and community-based ageing support mandate that workers have completed family violence training.

    The Minister for Training and Skills has also written to the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Chair of the COAG Industry and Skills Council (CISC), to highlight the Royal Commission's findings and the need to review courses within the Community Services Training Package to have family violence training a core component of relevant ageing support qualifications.

    The Minister for Training and Skills has also written to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to advocate for courses for ageing support workers to have a core family violence unit. The AISC has oversight of the national training system, including scheduling training product development work, and quality assuring and endorsing training products.

  • This recommendation is implemented.

  • implemented.

Reviewed 17 May 2020

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