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Sufficient funding for men’s behaviour change programs to meet new demand

Recommendation 092 - In Progress

The Victorian Government ensure that, pending the implementation of an expanded range of perpetrator interventions, funding for men’s behaviour change programs is sufficient to meet demand from those required to attend under a counselling order issued under Part 5 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) and those who volunteer to attend such programs.

What we are doing

The Victorian Government is working with No To Violence to boost workforce capacity and develop a longer-term perpetrator workforce strategy.

Based on this information, and the work being taken forward in recommendations 90 and 91,  consideration is being made around the best way to ensure sufficient funding to address demand for Men’s Behaviour Change Programs (MBCP), in line with sector capacity.

Where we are up to

In September 2016–17, $5.3 million was allocated to strengthen access to MBCPs, focused on supporting more places in MBCPs.
No To Violence and MBCP providers are being engaged to expand the workforce and to develop a long-term workforce strategy. 30 places have been funded in the revised Male Family Violence Graduate Certificate with a view to developing additional senior MBCP facilitators.

This investment complements funding provided to No To Violence to deliver a four-day short course to train approximately 194 entry level MBCP facilitators. This strategy will enable the sector to respond to the workforce challenges in a sustainable way and ensure additional sector capacity to deliver on the current and expanded range of perpetrator interventions.

The 2017–18 State Budget provided an additional $49.5 million to address demand for MBCP and support the delivery of this recommendation from 2017–18 over four years. In September 2017, $12.4 million (over two years) was allocated to support MBCPs and men’s intake services. In March 2018, a further $9.1 million (over two years) was allocated support additional MBCPs and support providers to deliver an enhanced MBCP model.

Timeframe

Forecast implementation date: 30 June 2020.

Who is leading the change

Family Safety Victoria