The Victorian Branch is a dynamic and active branch with over 3,200 members, managed by a voluntary Branch Management Committee (BMC) elected by the membership.
The branch is staffed throughout the week during business hours. We welcome you to contact us via phone or email.
Work Days: Tuesday to Friday
T: (03) 9320 1000
Work Days: Monday to Wednesday
T: (03) 9320 1000
Covid-19 Updates for Victorian Social Workers
For COVID-19 information for social workers in Victoria, including restrictions, service provision, PPE, COVID-Safe Plans and Better Access, visit the Victorian restrictions update page.
29 July 2020
Victorian Member Consultation: Victorian LGBTIQ Strategy
We're keen to hear from Victorian members to inform our submission on the new Victorian LGBTIQ Strategy.
Join our upcoming Zoom conversation on Tuesday 4 August at 5:30pm.
Gain CPD hours, connect with colleagues, and contribute to social policy in Victoria!
More information and registrations here.
29 July 2020
Victorian Mental Health System - Workforce Survey
Victorian social workers are urged to contribute to a critical survey as part of the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System.
The survey is open to all frontline mental health workers, including lived experience workforces who provide mental health treatment, care and support within Victoria's mental health services. Volunteers are also encouraged to participate.
The survey may take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete depending on your role, and the survey can be completed in more than one sitting. The survey closes at 5pm Monday, 10 August 2020. Please share among your networks.
28 July 2020
A Message from DHHS
On Friday 24 July, Premier Dan Andrews announced that the Department of Health and Human Services will be distributing 2.1 million reusable face masks to vulnerable Victorians and Aboriginal Victorians.
Vulnerable Victorians who will be offered reusable masks include people living in public housing and crisis accommodation, people living with a disability, individuals using family violence services and Aboriginal Victorians.
Reusable face masks are now available for service providers to order to distribute to clients. People who are eligible to receive a mask should use a face covering until they receive their reusable mask.
The first lot of reusable masks will begin to be distributed within the next week. To help bridge any gaps, providers who apply will be sent single-use masks immediately with reusable masks to follow. While waiting on your delivery, scarfs and bandanas are also acceptable face coverings, as some protection is better than none.
Please note, if you do not receive the full allocation of reusable face masks requested, please be assured we will make every effort to meet your full request in subsequent weeks.
Further information including the eligibility criteria and the process for ordering masks can be found online https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/reusable-face-masks-covid-19.
For any queries not addressed via the information available at the above link please email Covid-19ReusableMasks@dhhs.vic.gov.au
Masks for workforces:
Please be advised: It is now a requirement for any person delivering community services that you wear a face mask at work. This requirement applies to workers throughout Victoria (regional and metropolitan areas).
For those in need of face masks to continue providing vital services to the community, please complete the request for PPE form online. Demand for PPE is very high and all requests will be triaged with priority given to facilities and programs where there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19.
There are FAQs for community services workers about wearing face coverings on the department’s coronavirus website. An updated version of this document will be available shortly.
- Information about face coverings, including the order form for reusable masks for vulnerable clients
- Workforce mask request for PPE form online
- Updated FAQs for community services workers about wearing face coverings
- Guidance about how to wear a face mask correctly
- Guidance for coronavirus (COVID-19) planning in the community services sector (Word)
- Updated restrictions for Victoria
- Department’s information about face coverings
The department regularly updates information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and we ask you to continue to check the coronavirus website for all up-to-date information.
Contact the Victorian Branch
Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street
PO Box 2008
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Parkville Vic 3050
T: 03 9320 1000
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