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Do you want to work in an exciting, challenging and rewarding sector that makes a real difference for people affected by family violence or sexual assault?

The Victorian family violence, sexual assault and primary prevention sector needs someone like you.

What roles are available in the family violence, sexual assault and prevention sectors?

There are a wide variety of entry-level and graduate roles available, including in:

  • victim support services
  • perpetrator services
  • The Orange Door
  • Aboriginal services
  • primary prevention.

For more information on the range of roles available, have a look at the Family Violence Jobs Portal.External Link

What do I need to work in the family violence, sexual assault and primary prevention sectors?

A new mandatory minimum qualification policy now applies for people who enter the family violence sector as a specialist family violence practitioner from 1 July 2021.

This means that new family violence practitioners employing in a Victorian Government-funded organisation must either:

  • hold a Bachelor of Social Work or equivalent qualification
  • be working towards meeting the new mandatory minimum qualification policy requirement, via one of the available employment pathways.

Sexual assault, Men’s Behaviour Change and primary prevention roles sit outside of the scope of the Mandatory Minimum Qualifications.

You can find out more about the Mandatory Minimum Qualifications and if they apply to you by visiting the webpage Mandatory minimum qualifications for specialist family violence practitioners.External Link

You will learn and grow through the support of your colleagues, on-the-job training and best practice approaches.

How do I find a job that is right for me?

The first place to start your journey on the way to a rewarding and meaningful career within the sector is by looking on the Family Violence Jobs Portal.

If you are looking for a new role, the Family Violence Jobs Portal will provide you with an efficient and easy way to access a range of jobs and employment opportunities across a range of family violence roles in Victoria.

It’s also a great way to stay on top of industry news as it happens and be part of a growing employment sector.

The Family Violence Jobs Portal allows you to:

  • find jobs quickly and easily via keyword, job category and location search
  • set a job alert to be notified of new matched opportunities
  • shortlist jobs of interest and apply
  • create an AirCV profile, enabling you to apply for jobs from any mobile device – anywhere, anytime
  • share jobs and opportunities you find with friends and colleagues via social media.

Family Violence and Sexual Assault Graduate Program

The Family Violence and Sexual Assault Graduate Program provides a meaningful, challenging and rewarding pathway into the sector for new and recent graduates.

The program will recruit new or recent graduates to work in a range of family violence, sexual assault and primary prevention roles across Victoria. Graduate roles include victim support, perpetrator, sexual assault, prevention and Aboriginal family violence services.

  • The Family Violence and Sexual Assault Graduate Program is your chance to make a different working in a range of family violence, sexual assault, and prevention roles across Victoria.

  • The Program provides a dedicated 12-month position for people like you who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of those people impacted by family violence and sexual assault.

    The Program provides graduates with an opportunity to gain practical skills and knowledge while also providing you with additional learning and development opportunities, such as an extensive induction, monthly communities of practice sessions, graduate workshops and wellbeing supports such as external supervision.

  • All graduate positions are available for a minimum of 12 months.

    A range of roles are available to apply for as part of the Program, with graduates recruited in role functions including:

    • victim support services
    • perpetrator services
    • sexual assault services
    • Aboriginal services providing family and/or sexual assault response
    • primary prevention.

    Graduates can find out more about the types of roles in the family violence and sexual assault sectors by visiting the Family Violence Jobs Hub.External Link

  • To be eligible to apply, graduates must have completed their course requirements within the last two years and have not previously been employed in the sector.

    Qualifications required for graduate roles may include social work, psychology, counselling and other related qualifications.

    Some family violence roles are subject to specific qualification requirements. Graduates are encouraged to contact employing agencies directly if they are not sure that they meet the requirements.

  • Graduate applications for the 2023 Program are now open.

    For any other job vacancies within the family violence and sexual assault sector, visit the Family Violence Jobs Portal.External Link

  • You can contact us by email at for more information.

    CWE has an interested graduates mailing list which you can request to be added to so that we can alert you to when graduate applications open.

  • Eligible funded agencies are invited to apply for graduates on an annual basis.

    For more information, please contact

Reviewed 14 November 2022

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