Family Violence Workforce Census

A better understanding of Victoria's family violence workforce

The Royal Commission into Family Violence highlighted the lack of detailed knowledge and essential workforce data about family violence in Victoria.

The Victorian Government has committed to addressing this gap, which includes undertaking a workforce census, every two years, to deliver continuous workforce planning and development improvements for people who come into contact with family violence, in the course of their work.

The census collects data across a wide range of workforces including:

  • specialist family violence
  • primary prevention
  • services across the community services, health, justice, and education and training sectors.

The 2nd workforce census is now open and will close on Friday 28 February.

The Victorian Government needs to hear from workers across a wide range of workforces that come into contact with, provide support or assistance in family violence, even if it is not the main focus or function of their role.

They will also be seeking feedback from workers who have a direct role in preventing, identifying and responding to family violence.

Complete the census

Data from the 2017 census

With more than 11,000 responses, the April 2017 data helped inform the development of the 10-Year industry plan for Family Violence Prevention and Response. Data included:

  • the profile of the workforces that responded to the census
  • roles, salaries, qualifications and experience
  • job motivation and satisfaction
  • career pathways and training
  • levels of confidence in identifying and responding to family violence
  • what types of support would enable a more effective response to family violence

Importantly, the census also measured the wide range of workforces that intersect with family violence including specialist response, primary prevention and services across the community services, health, justice, and education and training sectors.

You can find a summary of this and related data in the companion report to Building from Strength: 10-Year Industry Plan for Family Violence Prevention and Response.

Download the report

The data collected in the 2017 census helped inform the development of the 10-Year industry plan. The 2019 data will support associated workforce planning.

 

For more information

The census is being led by Family Safety Victoria with support from VCOSS, No to Violence, Domestic Violence Victoria, GenVic and The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare.

Should you have any technical queries regarding the online survey, please do not hesitate to contact Clare Gelman at ORIMA Research on 1800 654 585 or by email fvworkforce@orima.com

For more information on the census more broadly, please email VCOSS Emily Barter or Kiran Bhullar, or phone 03 9235 1000.