What is MARAM accredited training?
The Centre for Workforce Excellence (CWE) in System Reform and Workforce (DFFH) is working in partnership with the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions (DJSIR) to develop vocational education and training (VET) courses in family violence. The training aims to build the knowledge, skills and capabilities of existing and future workforces to respond to and contribute to the prevention of family violence. These courses are the first accredited training courses to be directly based on the Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) Framework.
Through these courses, individuals will be able to access MARAM aligned, accredited family violence training through registered training organisations (RTOs), TAFEs and dual sector universities, either as part of their career trajectory or before they enter the workforce.
What has been achieved so far?
On 1 April 2019, the course in Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Risk (22510VIC) was accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). The single-unit course is currently being delivered by TAFEs, RTOs and dual sector universities, and is free for participants. The course can be taken either as a standalone course or the course unit (VU22733) can be imported within several VET courses. The course covers foundational family violence knowledge and MARAM responsibilities (1, 2 5, 6, 9 and 10) aligning to MARAM identification, including use of the screening tool and basic safety planning.
New teaching and learning resources for VU22733 have been developed to complement course delivery. These include additional case studies, new assessments, and facilitator and learner guides for TAFEs and RTOs.
On 1 August 2020, the Course in Intermediate Risk Assessment and Management of Family Violence Risk (22561VIC) was accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). This is a two-unit course which includes VU22733 as a pre-requisite, and a second unit (VU22988) that covers MARAM responsibilities 3 and 4 for intermediate risk assessment and management of victim survivors and people using violence. In May 2022, redevelopment of this course commenced to reflect new MARAM practice guidance relating to working with adults using violence.
What is happening now?
The course in Contributing to the Prevention of Family Violence and Violence Against Women (22621VIC) was accredited by the VRQA in late April 2023. This is a two-unit course which includes VU22733 as a pre-requisite. The course will be published on the Victorian Government website, expected to be made available to RTOs in June 2023.
The refreshed Course in Intermediate Risk Assessment and Management of Family Violence is in the final stages of reaccreditation. VRQA approval of the unit should occur in June 2023 and delivery of the course is expected to commence from Semester 1, 2024.
New teaching and learning resources will be developed to complement the refreshed course.
What is planned next?
The Course in Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Risk (22510VIC) will commence redevelopment in May 2023, as its accreditation period ends on 31 March 2024.
More accredited training courses are planned to commence development in late 2023, including the Course in Comprehensive Risk Assessment and Management of Family Violence and a Graduate Certificate in Family Violence as a pathway to meet Mandatory Minimum Qualifications.