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Residential Care Workers Vocational Education Training Initiative

Young people who reside in residential care require the best possible care that can be provided. The safety and wellbeing of these young people is the paramount consideration for everyone involved in their care.

To build the capacity of the residential care workforce to provide high quality, professional and responsive support to children and young people in residential out of home care, the Department of Health and Human Services and community services organisations must ensure, amongst other issues, that Victoria has a consistent and appropriately skilled workforce.

From 1 January 2018, all residential care workers will be required to hold a mandatory minimum qualification to undertake their role as a residential care worker in Victoria.

This is supported by $8m announced by the Minister for Families and Children, and the Minister for Training and Skills, in May 2016. A further $600,000 was announced in November 2016 to support agencies and workers with this transition.

Minimum qualification requirements from 1 January 2018

Under the minimum qualification requirements for residential care workers, all workers providing direct care to children and young people in a department-operated or funded residential care home will need to:

  1. Hold a Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and out of home care), including an accredited trauma unit of competency; OR
  2. Be undertaking a Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and out of home care), and have completed the mandatory units of competency; OR
  3. Hold, or be undertaking, a qualification recognised as relevant to residential care and have completed the mandatory units of competency.

In partnership with the Centre for Excellence for Children and Family Welfare, the department has developed a recognised list of relevant qualifications for workers.

The list of approved recognised relevant qualifications can be found here. 

We also have a fact sheet for organisations and a fact sheet for workers. 

How do you register for training? 

The Residential Care Workers Vocational Education Training Initiative provides statewide training for workers who do not currently meet the minimum qualification requirements.

Click here to access the Training Calendar

Training Expected Duration Classroom Days Minimum Workplace based hours
Cert IV Course* 9 - 12 months 2 days per month Average 12 hours per week
Top Up Course 2 - 3 months 2 days per month Average 12 hours per week

*Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and out of home care)

Workers will be required to discuss training attendance with their manager. Managers will book training for the most suitable location and date. Soon after the booking is made, workers (and the manager) will be contacted by a representative from Melbourne Polytechnic to finalise the enrolment process.

Relevant manager or Organisational representative are required to:

  1. Determine training requirements of their residential care workers. Please note - to complete the booking process you will need to provide the name and contact details of the individual you are booking into training, their citizenship status ('don't know' is an option), any current qualifications they hold ('don't know' and 'none' are options) and the preferred training location and training commencement date.
  2. Book appropriate training (either Cert IV  in Child, Youth and Family Intervention [Residential and out of home care] or Top Up training) using the relevant Book Now button below.
  3. Two weeks prior to commencement date the booking option will close, If there is a minimum of 10 students booked into the chosen course Melbourne Polytechnic will contact the student and manager via email to start the enrolment process. If less than 10 are booked the course will be cancelled and people will be asked to book in other options.

Click here to Book Top Up training for residential care workers holding a current relevant/related qualification

Click here to Book Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and Out of Home Care)​

What support is available?

Skills First Initiative

Skills First, launched in January 2017, provides support for all Australians to receive subsidies to undertake training in Victoria. Through the Skills First Initiative there will be no course cost to the individual for training undertaken through the initiative.

Learning Support Packages

Learning Support Packages are available to eligible support workers and community service organisations to support completion of a Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and out of home care). Learning support packages are administered through the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Upon enrolment in TAFE, workers can request to participate in a Skills Recognition process so that their previous training, and/or work experience can be considered for the purpose of gaining credits or exemptions for the qualification.

Additional learning support needs

Workers will be contacted by TAFE regarding options available to support them where additional learning needs are identified. Workers who have concerns regarding their learning are encouraged to speak with their manager to identify additional supports that may be required to support them to undertake the coursework and/or seek advice from a participating TAFE delivering the initiative.

Further Information

A minimum Qualification Strategy has been developed by the Department of Health and Human Services to support community services organisations to meet the new minimu qualification requirements and ensure residential care workers have the necessary skills, qualifications and training to care for vulnerable children and young peoplre in residential care. For more information about the Minimum Qualidfication Strategy click here.

For further information and assistance, contact Raelene Jones at the Centre: 
(03) 9614 1577 or 0421 914 414
Raelene.Jones@cfecfw.asn.au

 

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