• Advocating for and elevating the status of Aboriginal women 
  • The importance of community education in overcoming Indigenous family violence 
  • Engaging our community through a strong cultural framework 



  • Developing a new national plan to address domestic and family violence in Australia 
  • Outcomes from the national women’s safety summit   
  • Addressing financial and coercive control and implementing better standards for social media 




  • Indigenous healing and successful programs 
  • My story 
  • Recommendations 


  • Aiming to break the multi-generational cycle of family and domestic violence once and for all 
  • Delivering culturally appropriate prevention focused workshops and programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children in communities 
  • Creating a culturally safe space to educate, equip and empower First Nation’s Women at a grass roots level


  • Meminar Ngangg Gimba – providing a culturally appropriate and holistic case management support and crisis support for Indigenous women and children experiencing family violence 
  • Men’s Case Management – aimed at supporting Aboriginal men who have been removed from home and are homeless because of use of violence against family members 
  • Time Out Services – providing support to Indigenous people who use violence towards their family members to enable them to deal with their issues in a culturally appropriate manner 



  • How Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with disabilities are more vulnerable to family violence 
  • Barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors with accessing family violence services 
  • Solutions for family violence services to improve access for Aboriginal and Torres Islander survivors with disabilities 



  • Enabling family violence services to achieve the scale necessary to ensure effective delivery 
  • Promoting pathways for career progression in your organisation’s workforce 
  • Developing partnerships between family violence services and community stakeholders to ultimately benefit survivors




Yarning Circle A: Helping survivors of sexual assault overcome and recover from the trauma 
Aunty Gina Bundle, Coordinator – Badjurr-Bulok Wilam Aboriginal Health Unit, The Royal Women’s Hospital 
Quynh Nguyen, Counsellor/Advocate, The Royal Women’s Hospital 

Yarning Circle B: Working with Indigenous men in behaviour change programs 
Joseph Oui, Straight Talk Facilitator, Gallang Place 

Yarning Circle C: Trauma-informed care and healing for survivors of family violence  

Yarning Circle D: Engaging at risk and traumatised Indigenous children 






  • Knowing the signs of misuse of technology and practical ways to help clients use technology 
  • Helping clients to identify red flags with social media and what constitutes image-based abuse 
  • Understanding the law with respect to technology-facilitated abuse and how best to collect evidence 



  • Providing resources to service providers to enhance their capacity to successfully engage with men to prevent further violence 
  • The role of the Men’s Referral Service in serving as a central point of contact for men taking responsibility for their violent behaviour 
  • Ensuring the safety of women, men and children who are adversely affected by family violence



  • Providing a safe space for men where they can speak freely 
  • Empowering men to take responsibility for their actions without resorting to violence 
  • Embedding long-term, positive changes in the behaviour of perpetrators of violence 



  • Enhance the safety of women and children survivors as well as to hold perpetrators to account 
  • Improve the collaborative response of all professionals in a consistent approach 
  • Contribute to culturally sound practices within the MARAM framework 


  • Ensuring rapid police action in response to reports of family violence 
  • Tailoring culturally appropriate responses to family violence  
  • Developing community solutions to local incidents of family violence 



  • Identifying and addressing gaps in service delivery for the family law needs of Aboriginal clients 
  • Developing more coordinated and collaborative responses to addressing gaps in family law needs of Indigenous clients 
  • Implementing strategies to improve access to pro bono services for Aboriginal people in Victoria for family law matters 
  • Improving access to cultural awareness training for legal assistance workers in Victoria 


  • Legal advice and case management support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women 
  • Guiding Aboriginal survivors of family violence through the legal and judicial process 
  • Addressing inefficiencies in the legal system through advocacy 
  • Delivering cultural awareness training for workers who have regular interaction with Indigenous survivors of family violence 


  • Providing culturally appropriate services and training for legal stakeholders 
  • Improving the availability and accessibility of legal services for Indigenous family violence services 
  • Ensuring responsiveness of legal services to Indigenous needs




  • Evaluating the psychological impact of family violence on children and their future behaviour 
  • Preventing and intervening in incidents of family violence 
  • Resolving childhood trauma from family violence through therapy 


  • Early intervention in child abuse and neglect 
  • How families can inform the development of services 
  • The role of family and community stakeholders in caring for children who are victims 


  • Self-determination, participation and decision-making for children and young people 
  • Partnering with Aboriginal families and the community 
  • Raising children through a kinship approach 



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. 
Learning Objectives 
  • 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 

Workshop Agenda

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 

Workshop Facilitator  

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.