Fast Track intensive leadership program

Fast Track will help you advance your career by building your leadership and management skills.

This free professional development program is designed for people who want to excel in a leadership role responding to family violence or preventing violence against women.

You will build your knowledge and skills in feminist leadership, advocacy, policy, staff and organisational development, creating effective partnerships, program design, and working in a range of settings.

Designed by experienced practitioners, Fast Track incorporates the values of intersectional feminism that are the foundation of family violence and primary prevention work.

Enhanced learning experience

Fast Track is delivered using a range of methods that are designed to work together to reinforce the learning experience.

"The course is useful to shift thinking space from direct practice to broader sector climate and development. Also very helpful for networking and exposure to leaders in the field to get a better understanding of where the sector is coming from and where it is headed."

Pilot program participant


Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson is a collaborative and engaging leader and facilitator with extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, communications and multi-sector collaboration.

In her current role, Sarah engages a broad range of stakeholders to work together to find solutions for complex system issues. As the Principal Strategic Advisor for the Family Violence Regional Integration Committee in the northern metropolitan region, Sarah provides strategic leadership and advice, supports workforce development and capacity building.

As Fast Track facilitator, Sarah brings considerable sector knowledge and facilitation expertise.

Two streams to choose from


Who should apply
Professionals with experience in the Victorian specialist family violence sector, who are looking to move into a leadership role.
Managers and senior workers in Victorian specialist family violence services (Tier 1) who are new to their roles and/or want to build their leadership and management capability.
Program outline
Family violence leadership
Applying theory and practice frameworks
Managing employees and their mental health and wellbeing
Developing high quality systems to support evidence-based practice
Leading quality services, advocacy and reform, and engagement with diverse communities
Managing risk and prioritising safety
Supporting victim survivors in a parenting role
Promoting perpetrator accountability and change


Three hours per week in workshops plus 3-5 hours per week to prepare and work on your project.


10 weeks


Who should apply
Professionals with experience in the Victorian primary prevention sector, who are looking to move into a leadership role.
Professionals with significant experience in aligned roles, who are interested in moving into primary prevention in Victoria.
Program outline
Foundational knowledge and skills
Using research, theory and evidence to support practice
Program logic frameworks
Project planning
Establishing and maintaining partnerships
Working across different settings
Communicating effectively
Working with men
Advocating for change


Three hours per week in workshops plus 3-5 hours per week to prepare and work on your project.


10 weeks

“Family violence work is unique and complex, and expanding as Victoria’s coordinated prevention and response systems grow. We need more people with family violence expertise to build their leadership skills and take up the challenge of leading this important work into the future.”

Tania Farha, CEO DVRCV and Domestic Violence Victoria

How to apply

Register for the waitlist

Register your details using the links below and we’ll let you know when you can submit your application for the next round.


When applications open, you’ll receive an email. You’ll be asked to review your personal details and will then be given access to the application form to provide information about your current role and what you hope to achieve, and submit your resume and a letter of support from your manager or employer.

Please note this program is for participants in Victoria, Australia only. Please do not submit an application if you reside outside of Victoria, Australia.

To ensure the best possible outcome for all participants, we select applicants based on their suitability for the course and to ensure the group is diverse and can work cohesively.


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If you’d like more information about the Fast Track program, email [email protected].

This program is free for all participants thanks to generous funding from Family Safety Victoria. More programs are planned over the next two years.