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Family violence workforce census

Shaping the future

Victoria’s first family violence workforce census was open for responses from March 10 to May 19, 2017. The census gave workers the opportunity to have a voice on the key issues affecting them and to shape the 10-year Family Violence Industry Plan.

The census had a strong take-up across the broad range of professions which intersect with family violence in the specialist family violence, primary prevention, health, education, justice and community sectors.

We heard from specialist family violence workers, primary prevention workers, police officers, corrections staff, doctors, Child Protection workers, teachers, nurses, paramedics, legal services staff, psychologists, youth justice workers, Men’s Behaviour Change Program staff, childcare staff, disability workers and aged care workers and community health staff, to name just a few.

The census collected information relating to demographics and occupational data, qualifications, access to professional development, workload, working conditions and remuneration, health and wellbeing and future intentions.

The Industry Plan

The results of the workforce census will create an evidence base for the 10-year Family Violence Industry Plan, to be released in December 2017.

This is separate to the overarching 10-year plan developed in the wake of the Royal Commission, Ending Family Violence: Victoria's Plan for Change.

The Industry Plan will provide a systematic approach to workforce planning and development, and will address issues of workforce capability, diversity of the workforce, health and well-being, remuneration and career pathways.

Census participants and the community will benefit from future workforce planning and decisions being informed by research and evidence, contributing to a stronger, more effective family violence system in Victoria.

Next steps

The next phase of the project involves the analysis and reporting of the survey results which will culminate in a final report provided by our contracted partner, KPMG, in October 2017, ahead of the release of the Industry Plan.

To stay up-to-date with the findings of the workforce census and other developments across the Victorian Government’s family violence reform program, you can sign up to the Family Violence Reform Newsletter.