Recommendation 209, originally determined that a Bachelor of Social Work was the preferred qualification for the sector. They then revised their thinking by determining seven equivalency principles which determine whether a degree is either related or equivalent to a Bachelor of Social Work. The 7 Principles are:
- Hold a related qualification that is at a Bachelor degree or higher level (Australian Qualifications Framework level 7 or above) to meet the complexity of learning required to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility in contexts that require self-directed work and learning, and within broad parameters to provide specialist advice and functions.
- Understanding of the social, political, legal, historical, cultural and organisational contexts/systems impacts on people and communities; human behaviour and development; and life cycle stages in a family violence context
- Ability to transmit knowledge and skills to others, and to engage in a respectful, professional and culturally safe manner that builds rapport and trust with victim-survivors to work towards recovery and healing, using a trauma-informed approach that demonstrates belief, respect, and valuing of knowledge, culture and lived experience.
- Ability to analyse and evaluate information to inform practice approaches.
- Knowledge of and ability to manage the ethical issues that can arise when working with victim survivors and perpetrators of family violence, including to:
- Recognise and manage personal values, prejudices, discrimination and bias, and understanding of how they can affect inclusive service provision; and
- Apply critical and reflective thinking to practice, to examine the power dynamics between client-practitioner and victim survivor-perpetrator.
- Ability to apply principles of self-determination and cultural safety in professional practice, informed by an understanding of Aboriginal culture and the injustices experienced by Aboriginal people due to colonisation, and the impact this has on service experience
- Ability to analyse and apply critical aspects of the regulatory environment and service system to practice, including accurate record keeping, data management and information sharing obligations, in consideration of confidentiality, informed consent and accountability. This includes:
- Compliant provision of family violence work in accordance with legislation and industry frameworks (for example the Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) Framework);
- Compliant provision of family violence work in accordance with International Charters of Human Rights, Indigenous Rights and Children’s Rights and Victims’ Charter Act;
- Providing a coordinated response and advocating with, or on behalf of, victim survivors to secure their rights and access to resources; and
- Evidence-based domestic and international research and ability to apply it to practice.
Relevant Qualifications meet 4 of the Equivalency Principles. This pathway is only available until July 2026
Equivalent Qualifications meet all 7 of the Equivalency Principles. This pathway is a permanent pathway into the sector.