Training & Further Professional Development

There are many resources available that provide training to assist professionals to understand and better respond to sexual assault or domestic and family violence.

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Find training across Australia

These resources are provided by government agencies, tertiary institutions, domestic and family violence services, larger charities and some private training providers.

Below is a list of key domestic and family violence training providers across Australia. Private training providers have not been included, and inclusion in this list does not constitute endorsement by 1800RESPECT or Medibank Health Solutions.

Responding to domestic and family violence

DV-alert Domestic Violence Response Training

Free, online or face-to-face, accredited training available nationally. 

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

Free and fee-for-service, face-to-face training provided by Victorian based RTO (Registered Training Organisation), some qualifications are nationally accredited. Provides training for some rural areas. Trainers specialise in domestic and family violence work.

Education Centre Against Violence (NSW)

Face-to-face, mostly fee-for-service training provided by New South Wales based RTO, some qualifications nationally accredited. Provides training for some rural areas. Offers some free online resources. Most trainers specialise in domestic and family violence work.

Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, Queensland

Fee-for-service, accredited training course available from RTOs registered with the CDFVR (Queensland based). Provides training for some rural and regional areas.  Offers some free online resources including a phone app. Most trainers specialise in domestic and family violence work.

Department for Child Protection (WA)

Western Australian based (including rural and remote locations), face-to-face, free training. Offers some free online resources.

WA Women’s Council

Western Australian based, face-to-face, fee-for-service training. Provides training for some rural areas. Offers some free online resources. Trainers specialise in domestic and family violence work.

DV and Work (UNSW Centre for Gender Related Violence Studies)

Online e-learning package on how workplaces can deal with domestic violence, free for a limited time, available nationally.

Ask LOIS (NSW Women’s Legal Service)

Free online training for community and other workers in rural and regional New South Wales. Primarily focused on law-related topics.

National family violence & family law training

Australian Attorney General's Department, AVERT Family Violence: Collaborative Responses in the Family Law System

Free, online training for family law sector workers of all levels including students (psychology and social work), available nationally. Includes a range of online resources for employees and trainers. Material also available in CD-ROM format.

Responding to sexual assault 

National Training List (Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault)

A list of various training providers available across Australia.

Department of Health (WA), Sexual Assault Resource Centre

Western Australian based face-to-face training (Perth), free and fee-for-service. Offers some online resources. 

Children & DFV or trauma

Australian Childhood Foundation

National, face-to face, fee-for-service workshops seminars and training, some qualifications nationally accredited. Includes the SMART (Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma) online training progam, available at no cost. Trainers experienced in trauma-informed practice.

Berry Street Childhood Institute

National, face-to-face and online, fee-for-service workshops, conferences and training. Trainers experienced in trauma-informed practice.

Safe From the Start (Salvation Army Tasmania)

Fee-for-service, face-to face training available nationally (including some rural or remote locations) provided by the Salvation Army. Training kit also available. List of resources available for purchase. 

Child Wise

National, face-to-face programs (both fee-for-service and free). Includes Indigenous culturally relevant resources. Online resources also available.


Blue Knot Foundation

Formerly 'Adults Survivng Child Abuse'. National, face-to-face, fee-for-service training and workshops for health professionals, psychologists and community workers. Trainers experienced in trauma-informed practice.

Mental Health Coordinating Council

The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) is the peak body for community mental health organisations in New South Wales. Workshops provide participants with background knowledge and practical strategies in regard to the prevention and management of workplace psychological injury.

Working with perpetrators of violence

No To Violence and Swinburne University

Victorian based, fee-for-service, face-to-face training including nationally accredited qualifications. Offers community education talks.

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