Family violence workforce census

Take part in the second census which is now open.

The Royal Commission into Family Violence highlighted the lack of detailed knowledge and essential workforce data about family violence in Victoria.

The Victorian Government has committed to addressing this gap, which includes undertaking a workforce census, every two years, to deliver continuous workforce planning and development improvements for people who come into contact with family violence, in the course of their work.

The census collects data across a wide range of workforces including:

  • specialist family violence
  • primary prevention
  • services across the community services, health, justice, and education and training sector
Family Violence Workforce Census - extended to 28 February 2020

The Family Violence Workforce Census - closing date extended

The closing date for the Family Violence Workforce Census has been extended until 28 February 2020. 

By taking part workers can help build on what is already known to increase the capabilities of all Victorian workforces to identify, respond to and prevent family violence and make sure there is no wrong door for victim-survivors and those who seek support or advice.

The census findings will also inform critical work to improve staff health and wellbeing, recruitment and retention, remuneration and employment opportunities and pathways.

Complete the census

The census is being led by Family Safety Victoria's Centre for Workforce Excellence in consultation with peak bodies and member agencies in the family violence sector who helped develop the questions.

There is a separate census for staff in broader workforces who sometimes come into contact with people experiencing family violence or perpetrators.

The census will take no more than 20 minutes to complete and is anonymous, with data deidentified.

Please be aware that you will be asked some initial questions to make sure that you are led to the most relevant survey for you.

Data from the 2017 census

The first census took place in April 2017 and through this process we collected data using two tools:

  • an online survey of workers
  • a payroll data template for organisations in selected sectors

Data that we collected included:

  • the profile of the workforces that responded to the census
  • roles and salaries
  • qualifications and experience
  • job satisfaction
  • career pathways
  • family violence-related training
  • levels of confidence in identifying and responding to family violence
  • what types of support would enable a more effective response to family violence

You can find a summary of this and related data in the companion report to Building from Strength: 10-Year Industry Plan for Family Violence Prevention and Response.

Download a copy of the report:

We used the data collected in the 2017 census to inform the development of the 10-Year industry plan. We will also use the data to support associated workforce planning.

Reviewed 13 January 2020

Family violence reform

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Centre for Workforce Excellence Family Safety Victoria

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