Census to Shine a Light on ‘Hidden’ Family Violence Workers

May 1, 2017

The census, which is a result of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, gives workers the opportunity to have a voice on the key issues affecting them.

The information collected will be used by the Victorian government to shape the 10-year Family Violence Industry Plan to be released in December 2017.

Victorian Council of Social Service CEO Emma King told Pro Bono News they wanted to get a sense of how big the workforce was.

“This is about finding Victoria’s ‘hidden’ family violence workers,” King said. “Victoria’s family violence workforce is much broader than people think.

“Family violence touches people across a whole range of jobs and professions, not just specialist frontline responders.

“We want to get a sense of just how big and diverse the entire workforce really is, including the so-called ‘hidden’ workforce.”

The Department of Premier and Cabinet has engaged KPMG to design and deliver the census, which was developed in consultation with family violence practitioners, service providers, trade unions and workers, with the support of VCOSS and Domestic Violence Victoria.

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

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

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