DEVELOPING WORKFORCE CAPACITY IN THE INDIGENOUS FAMILY VIOLENCE SECTOR
THURSDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2022 | 9 AM – 4.30 PM
Family violence in Indigenous communities is a serious issue that requires a versatile and skilled workforce that can meet the challenges that it poses.
Developing workforce capabilities in the Indigenous family violence sector requires not only capacity building in specialist family violence prevention and response and cultural competency training , but also capacity building and training for broader workforces that intersect with family violence, including justice, education and health.
This workshop will address how we can develop the capacity of the family violence workforce, improve opportunities for training and education, develop career pathways and safeguard the health and wellbeing of your family violence workforce.
- How organisations can support capacity-building for their specialist family violence workforce
- How to improve family violence training and education within your organisation
- How to develop family violence career pathways to support the professional development of your workforce
- How to prioritise the health, safety and wellbeing of your family violence workforce through a positive, culturally safe and supportive work environment
08:30 | Registration and Coffee
09:00 | Session One: How can family violence services develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers’ skills and capacity?
- History of the Aboriginal Family Violence Workforce
- Recognition/defining the Role of Aboriginal Family Violence Workers
- Wage parity and career pathways for Aboriginal Family Violence Workers
10:30 | Morning Break
11:00 | How can family violence services create a culturally supportive and responsive workplace environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social services professionals?
- Building a sustainable talent pipeline through attraction and recruitment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates
- Implement programs and culturally safe work practices which foster the retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees
- Invest in developing the capabilities and careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees including representation in leadership and senior roles
12:30 | Networking Lunch
1:30 | Session Three: How can we increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying for qualifications in social work and connect them with internship, casual and part-time work opportunities in mainstream and Aboriginal social services organisations?
- Preparing social services organisations
- Preparing the workplace for Aboriginal graduates and cadets
- Establishing workplace and supervision for graduates and cadets
3:00 | Afternoon Break
3:30 | Session Four: How can tertiary education providers and social services organisations work together to improve graduation and employment rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in social work degrees?
Strengthening education and training:
- Current status of the Australian social services workforce
- Identification of key social services workforce issues and challenges
- Ensuring a capable and qualified social services workforce
4:30 | End of Workshop
Tony Martens, Managing Director, Australian Training Works
Tony is a proud Gunggandji man whose traditional lands include the discrete Aboriginal community of Yarrabah. Tony also has strong family and cultural connections throughout Cape York.
Tony is a Co-Owner and Managing Director of Australian Training Works Group Pty Ltd (ATW).
Australian Training Works (ATW) is a 100% Indigenous owned and operated Queensland registered Group Training Organisation.
ATW and its group of companies specialise in providing training, employment, mentoring solutions and workforce development with a major focus on Indigenous related outcomes.
Tony has previously worked across the Queensland and Australian Governments for a combined total of 22 years. He has worked at an Executive Management level in both tiers of government where he has managed large organisational teams and has led effective workforce strategies through major periods of change. During this time Tony has mentored and supported staff, managed regional offices and held responsibility for programme expenditure within financial management guidelines.
Tony’s past experience has specifically focused on the areas of Indigenous employment and training, Indigenous economic development and social housing delivery. Whilst employed by the Queensland Government Tony was the Manager of the Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Education Program (AIHWEP). AIHWEP was the first nationally accredited certificate program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers.
Tony has had extensive experience in working on the ground with remote communities and has managed former Community Development Employment Program (CDEP). Tony is a Board Member of TRACQS Pty Ltd which is the Community Development (CDP) provider for the largest CDP site nationally.
Tony is also a member of GHD’s Indigenous Advisory Committee and has previously been Australia’s representative on the World Indigenous Business Network (WIBN).
Tony holds a Bachelor of Education from James Cook University, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE) and a Certificate IV in Small Business Management. Tony also possesses a trade qualification as an Auto Electrician and has taught adult education programs in the TAFE and Correctional Services sectors. Through Tony’s experience he has a comprehensive understanding of apprenticeship and traineeship frameworks and is most familiar with the Vocational Education sector.