Fast Track intensive leadership program

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

Fast Track will build your knowledge in feminist leadership, advocacy, creating effective partnerships and program design. Fast Track helps you build an effective, systems-view of your work so you can be a stronger leader.

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 an independent consultant, facilitator and coach with extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, communications and multi-sector collaboration.

She brings a warm, collaborative and focussed approach, informed by more than 20 years of working across the community sector in service delivery, management and leadership roles in crisis counselling, youth mentoring and family violence.

For the eight years prior to establishing her consultancy business, Sarah was the Family Violence Principal Strategic Advisor for northern metropolitan Melbourne where she provided strategic leadership and advice, supported 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, practice, policy and legislative frameworks
Using systems to manage staff and teams
Staff support, supervision, wellbeing, development, and contributing to organisational management
Using research and data to support high-quality evidence-based practice, services and initiatives
Partnerships, collaboration and service delivery
Engagement with diverse communities
Representation, advocacy and public speaking


10 weeks (19 August-21 October)


Workshops: approximately 3 hours per week

Preparation: additional 3-5 hours per week to prepare for workshops and work on your project

  • 19 August: half-day face to face session
  • 26 August-14 October: weekly 3-hour online sessions (Thursday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm)
  • 21 October: full-day online session


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 and monitoring and evaluation
Establishing and maintaining partnerships
Working across different settings
Communicating effectively
Working with men and boys
Advocating for change


10 weeks (18 October - 20 December)


Workshops: approximately 3 hours per week

Preparation: additional 3-5 hours per week to prepare for workshops and work on your project

  • 18 October: half-day face to face session
  • 25 October-13 December: weekly 3-hour online sessions (Monday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm)
  • TBC: full-day online session

“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

Applications are open

Applications for the upcoming Fast Track Prevention stream are open now, closing Monday 27 September at 5pm AEST.


Register for the waitlist

Applications for the upcoming round of the Fast Track Response stream are now closed. 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.


If you’d like to discuss your accessibility requirements or need any further information about the accessibility standards of our online Learning Management System, email [email protected].


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.