Leadership opportunities for the family violence sector

Posted: 26th Feb

Leadership Intensives and Alumni Network

Who’s it for?

Senior leaders in family violence prevention or response sector, or a related sector such as child and family services, homelessness, alcohol and other drug, financial support and disability services, health, local government, community services, justice and education.

What’s it about?

The program aims to strengthen leadership capabilities within the family violence sector through the training of its leaders. The course content and structure emphasise the development of practical professional skills, with past topics including:

  • influential leadership
  • business and funding models for the new environment
  • building person-centred services
  • connecting with government
  • strategic communications.

Tell me more…

Future Social Service Institute (FSSI) has delivered leadership training to over 300 participants both face to face and through online learning platforms.

The program uses a co-design approach which enables participants to provide input to the program content. Nearly 50 incredible and insightful guest speakers have been involved in the project since 2018, including former Chief Commissioner of  Victoria Police, Christine Nixon; CEO of VCOSS, Emma King; Ro Allen, Victoria’s first gender and sexuality commissioner; Colleen Pearce, Victoria’s Public Advocate and Kemi Nekvapil, coach, speaker and author.

The speakers involved in the program have received consistently positive feedback, with some being involved in multiple iterations of the program. 

To support the leaders who’ve completed the program a ‘Leadership Alumni Network’ has also been established which includes:

  • an online platform in LinkedIn, which is used to share content on leadership practice, and to facilitate member engagement and networking  
  • a regular newsletter, Leadership Matters, which shares content related to leadership including interviews with diverse leaders as part of FSSI’s vLog series; and  
  • a series of digital events – Fireside Chats – exploring topics of interest to the Network and to the social service industry more broadly. 


This is a free professional development program for those successful in their application.


The program runs over an eight-week period and includes:

  • an orientation session
  • pre-learning materials, made available during orientation
  • a series of 30-minute online seminars
  • a series of 90-minute workshops
  • reflective sessions

Current opportunities

Applications are now open for semester 1 online streams of the Leadership Intensive Program, starting April 2021. Applications for all streams close Friday 5 March (COB). Please note that places are limited to maximise the experience for participants. Apply here. 

How can I learn more: https://www.futuresocial.org/2021-leadership-intensives/


Fast Track intensive leadership program

Who’s it for?

Mid-career and senior family violence practitioners working in response and primary prevention.

What’s it about?

There are two streams of Fast Track to choose from including response and prevention.

The program will increase participants’ knowledge in feminist leadership, advocacy, policy, staff and organisation development, partnerships, program design, and working in diverse settings.

Tell me more…

Fast Track is delivered using a range of methods that are designed to work together to reinforce the learning experience, including:

  • Workshops
  • Guest presenters
  • Workplace projects
  • Expert Project Mentor
  • Forums
  • Networking

Designed by sector experts and grounded in the industry experience of Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) and Domestic Violence Victoria, Fast Track translates the capabilities outlined in the Victorian Government’s capability frameworks, into relevant, practical learning materials that can be applied to real-life settings.


This is a free professional development program.


10 weeks of three hours per week in workshops plus 3-5 hours per week to prepare and work on your project.

Current opportunities

For the Fast Track response stream, applications close on Thursday 4 March and starts from 18 March. For the prevention stream, applications close on 29 April and the program starts 27 May. More programs are planned over the next two years.  You can learn more and apply using the following link: https://training.dvrcv.org.au/fasttrack/

To learn more