VCOSS is pleased to announce the expansion of Enhanced Pathways to Family Violence Work, a Victorian Government project that provides funding, training and other resources to assist specialist and non-specialist community service organisations to develop and transition students and new workers to family violence roles.
Up to 100 additional community service organisations in Victoria will have the opportunity to participate in Stage 2 of the project.
EOIs were open from 9 to 22 May (5pm) and this process has now closed.
Additional information about the project is provided in this accompanying ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document
To assist you to complete and submit the EOI form, the EOI form is provided as a separate document in PDF and Word formats
For any further information about the project, please contact Deborah Fewster, Manager Advocacy and Engagement, VCOSS at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that whilst VCOSS is coordinating the EOI process, the final decision and outcome of the process rests with Family Safety Victoria as the funding body and the Department of Health and Human Services as the project manager.
About the project – Stage 2
Enhanced Pathways to Family Violence Work is a flagship initiative of the Victorian Government’s 10-year plan for Victoria’s future family violence workforce.
The project is designed to:
- Strengthen pathways for new workers into the specialist family violence and community services sector
- Build capabilities of students and graduates to be more “work-ready”.
Participating organisations receive funding, training and other resources to:
- Grow their student placements, creating a pipeline of future workers
- Build the skills and confidence of emerging practice leaders to provide effective supervision to students and new workers
- Create and foster a culture of workplace learning that sets students and new workers up for success
- Orient students and new workers to family violence practice (in specialist and non-specialist settings).
Thirty-four (34) community service organisations participated in Stage 1 of the project, which commenced in April 2018. You can read more about Stage 1 below.
To maintain the positive momentum, the Victorian Government is funding a second stage of the project, creating an opportunity for up to 100 additional community services organisations.
The following 34 organisations participated in Stage 1 of the project. Participating organisations received dedicated support from a project Capability Building Coordinator (CBC) employed by the host organisation.
|Host organisation||Participating organisations|
|Annie North Inc||Annie North Inc|
Centre for Non-Violence
|Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault||Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault|
Barwon Child, Youth and Family
Bethany Community Support
Child and Family Services Ballarat
Women's Health Grampian
|Berry Street Victoria||Berry Street Victoria|
No To Violence
WAYSS (Housing and Support Services)
WISHIN- Women's Information Support & Housing in the North
|Centre Against Violence||Centre 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 Unit||Mallee Family Care|
Mallee Sexual Assault Unit
MDAS (Mallee District Aboriginal Services)
|Quantum Support Services||Anglicare 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 Agency||Aboriginal Housing Victoria|
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
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 – Stage 1 (April 2018 to April 2019)
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”.
Stage 1 of the Enhanced Pathways to Family Violence Work project commenced in April 2018 and concluded in April 2019. Student placements established through Stage 1 of the project continue to roll out throughout the 2019 academic year, supported by systems, tools and resources provided to Stage 1 participating organisations and enhanced staff capability in student supervision.
Stage 1 of the The Enhanced Pathways to Family Violence Work Project was 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 aimed 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 provided overall project management for the Project, with an independent evaluation by the Future Social Service Institute.