2019 Victorian Family Violence Workforce Census


Family Safety Victoria will be launching the second Family Violence Workforce Census in mid-late November. 

This Census is being conducted to hear from all workers who regularly or sometimes come into contact with victims or perpetrators of family violence. Specialist family violence response, specialist family violence primary prevention workforces, and broader workforces who intersect with family violence in their work will participate in the Census survey.  There is one survey, containing specific pathways for each respective workforce.

The findings will help us to better understand the breadth and nature of workforces that come into contact with family violence, identify potential gaps in knowledge, support and capability, as well as build on what we know in order to maintain our commitment to keep improving family violence response, prevention and support services in Victoria.

The data will also inform critical work to improve staff health and wellbeing, recruitment and retention, employment opportunities and pathways.

The census is an opportunity for all workers to highlight the changes you think will best shape the future of the family violence and primary prevention workforces in Victoria.

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

The first census in 2017 provided a significant evidence base for the development of Building from Strength: 10-Year Industry Plan for Family Violence Prevention and Response and informed workforce planning across government departments and peak bodies.

The 2019 census is being led by Family Safety Victoria in consultation with peak bodies and member agencies in the family violence sector who helped develop the questions.

The census will be anonymous, with data deidentified, and will take less than 20 minutes to complete.

A separate census for workforces who come into contact with people experiencing family violence will also help us understand the breadth and nature of workforces that come into contact with family violence. Please be aware that you will be asked some initial questions to make sure that you are led to the most relevant survey for you.

By taking part you can help us build on what we already know to increase the capabilities of all Victorian workforces to identify, respond to and prevent family violence and reinforce efforts to ensure there is no wrong door for victim-survivors and those who seek support or advice.

If you would like to be notified when the census is live, you can pre-register here, although pre-registration is not required to participate.