Enhanced Pathways to Family Violence Work Project

On 7 December, 2017 the Special Minister of State, the Hon. Gavin Jennings MLC launched the Victorian Government’s 10-year plan for Victoria’s future family violence workforce.

Building from Strength: 10-Year Industry Plan for Family Violence Prevention and Response (the Plan) will help equip a range of workforces with the expertise and resources to deliver the services and support needed by Victorians impacted by family violence and to prevent it from occurring in the first place.

This includes the specialist family violence and primary prevention workforces and other sectors that work with victim survivors and perpetrators of family violence or play a role in primary prevention, such as health, community services, justice and education and training.

The Plan was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and at its centre is building a flexible and dynamic workforce that puts equality, safety and accountability at the core of everything they do.

About the Project

The Plan highlights the need to strengthen pathways for new workers into the specialist family violence and community services service sector to build capabilities of students and graduates to be more “work-ready”.

The Enhanced Pathways to Family Violence Work Project (the Project) is being led by the Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of Family Safety Victoria, and in partnership with VCOSS, Domestic Violence Victoria, Domestic Violence Resource Centre and the Future Social Services Institute.

It aims to support the development of the family violence and community services workforce through:

  • Student placements in community services sector organisations which provide specialist and/or non-specialist family violence services
  • Supervision training for experienced workers to enhance their competence and confidence (in working with students and practice entrants)
  • Developing and transitioning graduates and new workers to family violence roles.

VCOSS is providing overall project management for the Project, which will be independently evaluated by the Future Social Service Institute.


The following 34 organisations are participating in the project. ‘Participating organisations’ will receive dedicated support from a project Capability Building Coordinator (CBC) to be employed by the ‘host organisation’.

Host organisation
Participating organisations
Annie North IncAnnie North Inc
Centre for Non-Violence
Barwon Centre Against Sexual AssaultBarwon Centre Against Sexual Assault
Barwon Child, Youth and Family
Bethany Community Support
Child and Family Services Ballarat
Women's Health Grampian
Berry Street VictoriaBerry Street Victoria
Connections UnitingCare
No To Violence
WAYSS (Housing and Support Services)
WISHIN- Women's Information Support & Housing in the North
Centre Against ViolenceCentre Against Violence
Junction Support Services
Rural Housing Network Limited (Beyond Housing)
Upper Murray Family Care
Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS)Doncaster Community Care and Counselling Centre (DONCARE)
Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS)
Eastern Health (Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault)
Safe Futures Foundation
Victoria Legal Aid (Ringwood)
inTouch (Multicultural Centre against Family Violence)Australian Greek Welfare Society (PRONIA)
inTouch (Multicultural Centre against Family Violence)
Mallee Sexual Assault UnitMallee Family Care
Mallee Sexual Assault Unit
MDAS (Mallee District Aboriginal Services)
Quantum Support ServicesAnglicare Victoria (Gippsland)
Latrobe Community Health Service
Quantum Support Services
The Salvation Army (Family Violence Outreach Program)Family Life
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand
The Salvation Army (Family Violence Outreach Program)
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care AgencyAboriginal Housing Victoria
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency

Education Providers

As a part of the Enhanced Pathways to Family Violence Work Project (led by the Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of Family Safety Victoria, and in partnership with the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS), Domestic Violence Victoria, Domestic Violence Resource Centre and the Future Social Services Institute), Education Providers are being invited to a Placement Planning Meeting and Placeright set-up session.

The Placement Planning Meeting is an expo style event that will provide an opportunity for education providers to meet and engage with placement providers and discuss placement partnerships. These partnerships will be developed for placements planned for the 2019 academic year for eligible disciplines/courses in community service organisations which provide (specialist and non-specialist) family violence services.

Placements coordinated through this project will utilise Placeright, a secure, web-based information system to assist student placement providers to plan and administer student placements with partnered education providers. Information Support Officers (ISO’s) will be at the Placeright Set-Up Sessions to assist Education Providers in setting up Placeright.

This page will be updated as the Project develops.

For more information, please send us an email.

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