From 1 July 2021, a five-year transition period will begin to apply a mandatory minimum qualifications policy to specialist family violence practitioners entering the workforce. New specialist family violence practitioners employed in a Victorian Government-funded organisation must:
- hold a Bachelor of Social Work or equivalent qualification, or
- be working towards meeting the new mandatory minimum qualification policy requirement, via one of the available employment pathways.
Practitioners who have already commenced in a specialist family violence role by 1 July 2021 will have an ongoing exemption to the policy.
New practitioners who bring significant cultural knowledge or lived experience (for example: Aboriginal people, people with disability, migrant or refugee experience, lived experience of family violence) will have 10 years from the date of their employment as a specialist family violence practitioner to work towards a minimum or equivalent qualification, subject to agreement with their employer.
(Victorian Government website, 10.5.21)