Mandatory minimum qualifications
for specialist family violence practitioners

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From July 2021, a mandatory minimum qualifications policy applies for new specialist family violence practitioners in Victoria.

Recommendation 209

Prompted by Recommendation 209 of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, this policy aims to strengthen the sector and equip Victoria’s specialist family violence practitioners to provide support and responses that are high quality and culturally appropriate.

To recognise the scale of change this policy entails, the Victorian Government has outlined a five-year transition period starting July 2021. This transition period will give people starting their careers as practitioners a number of options for meeting the new mandatory minimum qualification requirements.

Existing workforce

Practitioners who are part of the existing workforce will have an ongoing exemption to the policy, which will allow them to change jobs and take caring or other breaks of up to four years.

Cultural knowledge or lived experience

The policy also recognises the importance of people who bring cultural expertise or lived experience in building a diverse family violence workforce. Candidates with lived experience or cultural knowledge who have faced barriers to education will be given 10 years to work towards the minimum or equivalent qualification, subject to agreement with their employer. This will make sure that candidates who bring the depth of expertise crucial to creating an inclusive system can overcome those barriers and continue to have the opportunity to work in the sector.

Support for employers

Employers will be supported to transition with a range of resources and information forums.

In recruiting new workers who are required to meet the mandatory requirements, the policy provides organisations with the flexibility to accommodate the circumstances of individual practitioners.

More information

If you are interested in attending an information session about the mandatory minimum qualifications, please provide your details here and we will be in touch when a session is available.

To view the policy requirements and pathways click here, to see the mapped qualifications click here, and for further information, visit the Victorian Government website.

Check your qualifications and pathways

We have developed a series of tools to help you determine whether you’re eligible to apply for specialist family violence practitioner roles, and what pathways are available to you.

Experience and qualifications check: eligibility to be considered for specialist family violence practitioner

This tool allows you to check whether you are eligible to be considered for specialist family violence practitioner roles.

Manual mapping of qualifications for identifying related and equivalent qualifications

If your qualifications aren’t listed in the Experience and qualifications tool, you can manually check them and your eligibility to apply for roles using this tool.


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