How the WIFVC is structured and governed
The Western Integrated Family Violence Committee (WIFVC) is led by a contracted independent Chair. The Chair is a remunerated and independent role, representing the WIFVC as a whole, not any one agency or member, and must not have any conflicted interests.
The Chair provides regional leadership on family violence priorities, identifying strategic goals and focusing the work of the Committee, through harnessing members' strengths, relationships and knowledge.
The Chair also provides strategic planning to the Committee, leading them in identifying the most significant regional issues to be addressed in terms of integration, and developing, implementing and monitoring the progress of its strategic plan.
The Chair plans and chairs the bi-monthly Committee meetings, supported by the Principal Strategic Advisor (PSA), as well as the monthly Governance Group meetings.
Sandie de Wolf AM has recently joined the Western Integrated Family Violence Committee as the Independent Chair in July 2018.
The WIFVC Governance Group is largely elected by member organisations and is made up of the following members:
- Sandie de Wolf AM - Independent Chair
- Dr Robyn Gregory - representative of Women's Health West as auspice
- Janelle Cribb - representative of DHHS
- Natasha Sorbello, Elizabeth Morgan House - Women's Services
- Joan Eddy, Djerriwarrh Health Services - Men's Services
- Mary D'Elia, MacKillop Family Services - Child and Family Services
- Robyn McIvor, WestCASA - Sexual Assault Services
- Gwen Rogers, VACCA - Open Position
- Michal Morris, InTouch - Open Position
The Governance Group drives the strategic planning of the Committee along with its members and partners, developing and and strengthening the WIFVC processes and relationships with other planning networks in the West. The Governance Group also oversees the work of the PSA and the Project Support Worker.
The Governance Group is collectively responsible for advancing the best interests of the WIFVC and the people served by the family violence in the west, not as a representative body for decision –making on matters such as strategic priorities, which the members collectively determine.
Principal Strategic Advisor and Project Support Worker
The Principal Strategic Advisor (PSA) supports the regional integration of family violence service system reforms consistent with Victorian state-wide policy directions and a regional plan. The plan is itself informed and developed by the PSA, working closely within the governance arrangements described above, the wider membership of the WIFVC and state-wide stakeholders, including the other regional strategic advisors/integration coordinators.
The PSA also provides support and supervision to a Project Support Worker to ensure maintenance of regional structures and processes and delivery of discrete projects. The PSA reports to the Independent Chair, and supports the Governance Group and wider membership.