The Victorian Government has launched a new jobs hub dedicated to the family violence workforce – to help link people wanting to work in the industry with employers that need staff to help protect women and children.
The hub – at familyviolence.vic.gov.au/jobs – aims to grow the family violence workforce by promoting the diversity of roles available and raising awareness among jobseekers. It also provides access to a Family Violence Jobs Portal, where jobseekers can search and apply for family violence sector roles.
Employers in government and not-for-profit organisations across Victoria will be able to use the portal as a free platform to advertise and recruit for family violence roles. They will also be able to search through the resumes of potential workers to fill positions, including urgent short-term roles during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The hub comes out of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, which recommended more support and focus on growing specialist family violence and prevention workforce, recognising specialist expertise and increasing diversity.
It is part of the Victorian Government’s 10-year industry plan to attract and retain a highly qualified workforce and strengthen the capacity of the system to meet the current and future demands for specialist family violence and prevention practitioners.
There are currently about 2,000 people working in specialist family violence response across Victoria, and a further 300 working as primary prevention practitioners.
A family violence attraction and recruitment campaign will be launched later in the year, to encourage students and career changers to consider a career in family violence as chance to do something meaningful, challenging and rewarding.
The Government established Australia’s first ever Royal Commission into Family Violence and has invested $2.9 billion implementing each and every one of its 227 recommendations. Significant progress has already been made with 154 recommendations already implemented and the remaining all underway.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams
“Victoria needs more social workers, researchers, educators, advocates and leaders working in family violence – this hub will help fill this demand.”
“We know these people are out there – but we need to go to them. Many potential candidates don’t know there are jobs available in a range of areas and that they could be perfect for a family violence role.”
Reviewed 13 August 2020