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FastTrack Professional Development Program

FastTrack Professional Development Program

FastTrack Professional Development Program

FastTrackIntroducing the “FastTrack” Professional Development Program designed to fast track acquisition of knowledge and skill capabilities required of Senior Level Family Violence Practitioners.

The program is designed to increase the number of senior level practitioners available to take up specialist family violence leadership roles. It addresses the 15 capabilities identified in the 2017 Responding to Family Violence Workforce Capability Framework as the benchmark for senior staff working in the family violence arena.

FastTrack training

Why should I apply?

The new FastTrack program aims to build the capacity of participants to guide best practice in responding to Family Violence. It emphasises:

  1. Leadership and management of family violence teams; and
  2. Increasing the pool of specialist practitioners to contribute to further development of the family violence response sector.

Ten sessions will be conducted over the three month period, covering a broad range of topics:

  • Session 1: Introduction to the Fast Track Professional Development Program
  • Session 2: Family Violence Leadership in Victoria
  • Session 3: Applying theory & practice frameworks to Family Violence Response management
  • Session 4: Leading quality services within an integrated multi -agency network
  • Session 5: Leading engagement with diverse communities
  • Session 6: Managing Family Violence risk & prioritising safety
  • Session 7: Leading high quality systems to support evidence-based practice
  • Session 8: Advocating for a parenting role:  supporting women and promoting perpetrator accountability and change
  • Session 9: Leading Advocacy and Reform
  • Session 10: Workshop Series Review and Assessment

Activities and time

Participants will be required to allocate approximately five hours per week and be able to participate in all program activities, which include:

  • Weekly workshop sessions of between 3 and 4 hours;
  • Individual coaching support and mentoring sessions;
  • Specific work-based projects;
  • Community of practice engagement;
  • Workplace experience and reflection; and
  • Delivery of a conference presentation on conclusion of the program.

FastTrack Training Program


The program is available for up to 15 participants who have already attained the knowledge and skills required of entry and mid-level specialist practitioners.  The program is open to:

  • Current entry or mid-level specialist practitioners who wish to undertake a senior level role, either in a specialist family violence service or in a Tier 2 or Tier 3 allied service.
  • Senior staff from Tier 2 and 3 allied services who wish to build the capabilities required to move into a senior level specialist family violence role.

Key dates

  • The program will be delivered from September 5 to December 5, 2018.
  • Applications are now open and will close on August 10, 2018.
  • Advice on confirmation of registration will be provided by August 17, 2018.

FastTrack Timelines

If the program is heavily subscribed, a selection process will be established which seeks to ensure that practitioners from a wide range of services and locations are able to participate.

Cost: Free!

Applications are now closed. 

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For further information or to express interest in future FastTrack programs, please email your name, contact number, role and organisation to: Jessica Walker,