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Shaping the future

Here’s your chance to have your say – Victoria’s first family violence workforce census [coordinated by the Victoria Government] gives workers the opportunity to have a voice on the key issues affecting them and to shape the 10-year Family Violence Industry Plan.

Questions relate to demographics and occupational data, qualifications, access to professional development, workload, working conditions and remuneration, health and well-being and future intentions.

The census is voluntary and does not collect any personal identifiers such as name, address or date of birth.

It should take around 20 minutes to complete and you have until Friday 5 May 2017 to do so  click here to complete.

The census is designed for paid employees aged 18 and over who play a role in preventing, identifying and responding to family violence.
In addition to the crucial work done by specialist family violence and primary prevention workers, workforces from the following sectors all intersect with family violence: health, education, justice, community.

The results of the workforce census will create an evidence base for the 10-year Family Violence Industry Plan, to be released in December 2017.

Recently, this census was launched by Gill Callister, Secretary – below you will find the summary of his speech:

“When the Royal Commission into Family Violence concluded in 2016, one of their key findings was that there was a lack of data and feedback on the impact of family violence on Victoria’s workforce, limiting efforts to plan and build capability.
To address this, the Victorian Government has today launched the state’s first family violence workforce census, inviting professionals across Victoria’s community services, justice, health and education sectors to participate.
We know that our people working in the early childhood, schools and training and skills areas deal with the impact of family violence on the children and families we serve. Each one of us holds a privileged position in bringing about cultural change as we educate a future generation of Victorians.
We are already implementing a number of reforms to prevent and respond to family violence, including delivering Respectful Relationships education in all schools.

The census will support this work and help prepare for future reforms, including changes to information sharing laws and a new family violence risk assessment and management framework recommended by the Royal Commission.
These reforms will support our Education State agenda, particularly our commitment to break the link between disadvantage and education outcomes and to support happy, healthy and resilient kids. I believe it is important that our people whose work intersects with family violence, our front line workers, educators, people managers, policy makers and legal officers, participate in this ground-breaking census. This input will help to build a picture of the impact of family violence in our community, and how it can be addressed.

The census will be used to inform the Government’s 10 Year Industry Plan for family violence, a key recommendation of the Royal Commission, which will be released in December. The census is open until Friday 5 May, responses are confidential and participation is voluntary.”