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Victim Survivors' Advisory Council Expression of Interest

The Victorian Government is recruiting 7 new members of the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council (VSAC) for the period September 2023 to September 2025.

The Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council (VSAC) provides formal advice to the Minister for Prevention of Family Violence and other decision-makers on service design, policy development and law reform to better prevent and respond to family violence in Victoria.

New Council members will join 8 existing Council members who will provide support and mentoring to new members as they transition onto VSAC.

The Victorian Government will ensure a range of experiences of family violence are included in the composition of the Council, with membership drawn from different ages, genders, demographics, and communities across Victoria. We are always looking to improve diversity on the council in order to better reflect the Victorian community.

Please review the information below to confirm your eligibility and readiness before applying.

The role of a VSAC member

As a VSAC member you will:

  • bring your lived experience expertise to inform the next phase of the Victorian family violence reforms
  • provide advice and insights to the Victorian Government to influence the development and design of services, policy and systems
  • work collaboratively to strengthen the family violence system for victim survivors, hold perpetrators to account and prevent violence from happening in the first place.

Please review the position descriptions below for further information.

VSAC formal meetings are held either online or in-person every six-weeks and this is the primary forum for members to provide advice to government. There are also optional opportunities for members to contribute to a range of other consultations with government and other stakeholders outside of the formal meetings.   

VSAC members are paid for their time and expertise. Refer to the payment schedule below.

Your membership can remain confidential. For instance, some previous members have used pseudonyms to protect their safety.

VSAC 2020 - 2022 members were asked about the most significant change they had experienced as a VSAC member. In the below video, members outline the impact their lived experience has had on the family violence system, and share stories about their own professional and personal growth.

Selection process

The selection process will be guided by a range of factors including:

  • an ability to translate your lived experience into advice for the government on systems change, policy development, service design and law reform
  • a willingness to work as a member of a team, including sharing views and ideas, listening to different perspectives, and collaborating to form group positions on key issues
  • interest in professional and personal growth, through learning about new perspectives, issues, and change processes.

The Victorian Government will ensure a range of lived experience of family violence is included. We encourage applications from women, people of all ages, Aboriginal people, people with disability, people who have lost family members to family violence, people from multicultural and multi-faith backgrounds, new migrants and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse, intersex, queer and asexual people.

Due to 7 members soon to complete their terms on the Council, we are specifically seeking representation from:

  • experience of family violence as a child or young person
  • experience of family violence as an older person
  • people with experience of the criminal justice system
  • people with experience of working in the sex work industry
  • people with a disability
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.


You can apply to be on VSAC if you:

  • have lived experience of family violence
  • aged 18 years or over
  • live in Victoria
  • have the time and ability to read papers and attend regular 4-hour meetings
  • have access to email, phone, and a computer with a camera for online meetings (let us know if you need IT help).

You don’t need a driver’s licence.

During the application process, you will be invited to disclose personal information about yourself. You are not obliged to disclose personal information if you do not want to, but it can help us understand how we can support you through the recruitment process and beyond. We invite you to tell us if you identify as Aboriginal, a person with disability, from a culturally or linguistically diverse background, LGBTIQ+ or a young person, aged 25 years old or less.

If you identify as any of the above, we would welcome the opportunity to contact you and discuss how we can support you through the Expression of Interest process. Sharing this information will help you access support should you need it and will also help us to better understand the impact of our work.

The Victorian Government encourages prospective members to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, including a 3rd booster dose.

Key dates

Process Date

Expression of interest

29 May – 18 Jun 2023
Interviews held for suitable applicants

26 June – 7 July 2023

All applicants notified of the outcome of their application

September 2023

New members appointed by the Minister

September 2023

FSV may vary the key dates as necessary.

Frequently asked questions

Please find below responses to some of the most commonly asked questions about VSAC membership.

If you have any more questions, email:

Application process

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    1. Check your eligibility and complete the self-reflection tool.

    You can reflect on whether you are ready to participate on VSAC by completing the self-reflection tool below.

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    2. Submit your Expression of Interest.

    Expressions of Interest closed at 11:59pm on Sunday 18 June 2023. Applications are treated confidentially.

  • 3. Suitable applicants will be invited for an interview.

    Interviews will be held either in-person or online between 26 June - 7 July 2023.

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    4. If you are successful, you will be selected as a member.

    Members are formally selected by the Minister for Prevention of Family Violence for a 2-year term.

Privacy collection statement

Family Safety Victoria, part of the Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing, is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws. 

Read more about the Victorian Government's privacy policy.

The information you provide will be made available to a small number of staff in the Service Design, Policy and Engagement unit who are involved in the recruitment process for the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council 2023 – 2025, as well as a representative of the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council, who will be on the interview panel and have access to information on recommended applicants.

The collection of sensitive information on whether you are part of a diverse community group will be used to ensure that the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council includes a diverse range of voices and experiences of family violence.

The primary role of the Council is to provide advice on policy design and service delivery as part of the family violence reforms, which commenced in 2016. The collection of sensitive information on people’s engagement with the family violence system since 2016 will ensure that new members have recent experience that can inform ongoing reform work.

By submitting an application, you consent to Family Safety Victoria collecting and using any personal and sensitive information which you provide in your responses for the purposes outlined above.

If your submission includes any information about racial or ethnic background, sexuality, criminal records and/or religious beliefs it is understood that you consent for us to collect this data. However, applicants are not obliged to disclose this information.

You are entitled to access and correct your personal information. If you would like to access or correct the information you have provided, please contact us by email at In some cases, requests for personal information may be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic).

Probity checks

In line with the Victorian Government’s appointment and remuneration guidelines, probity checks (including a criminal record check) will be undertaken for all appointments to an advisory council, including reappointments.

These checks will be undertaken for preferred applicants only.

A Declaration of Private Interests will also be completed by new appointees and reappointed members to identify real or perceived conflicts of interest that could pose risk to the operation of VSAC. Family Safety Victoria will support applicants to undertake these checks, including payment. 

FSV recognises that many people in the criminal justice system have experience of family and/ or sexual violence. This is particularly so for women who have committed offences, who are often victim survivors themselves.

Government is committed to hearing the perspectives of people who have been through the criminal justice system. This includes people who may have been misidentified as the predominant aggressor in family violence situations.

We encourage you to contact us to discuss your personal circumstances.

A reminder that you are not obliged to disclose personal information if you do not want to, but it can help us understand how we can support you through the recruitment process and beyond.

Contact information

The Family Safety Victoria Engagement Team coordinates government's engagement with VSAC and provides secretariat support to the council. If you have any questions about the positions, process, safety or privacy, please contact or call Sashi Weerasinghe on 03 9595 2777 for a confidential conversation.

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Support services

The Victorian Government acknowledges victim survivors and honours those tragically killed as a result of family violence. We keep at the forefront of our minds those who are experiencing family violence, and who have lost a loved one from violence.

If you are experiencing family violence or at risk of family violence, support is always available.