2021 Expression of Interest Process



2021 Expression of Interest

Carer KaFÉ is inviting expressions of interest to provide high-quality, relevant training that enhances the learning and development of our valuable Statutory Kinship Carers and Accredited Foster Carers as they care for Victoria’s vulnerable children and young people.

About Carer KaFÉ

Launched on 21 April 2017, Carer KaFÉ provides free learning and development opportunities for foster and kinship carers throughout Victoria.

We rely on the expertise of our wonderful trainers to offer carers superior, research-based training sessions. Whether a one-day workshop, online module or a yarning circle, we welcome an innovative approach to the delivery of our training.

What are we looking for?

Through our training, we aim to provide attendees with practical, hands-on tools that they can implement in their roles as carers.

Carer KaFÉ completed a review of the many hundreds of evaluation forms where carers provided feedback on what other topics they would like to see training on.  The key themes are listed below with an approximate proportion to help inform what carers are seeking from Carer KaFÉ sessions.

  • Behaviour / Trauma (understanding / responding to challenging behaviours / strategies)    

                                                   Approximately. 35%

  • Carer well-being (self-care, dealing with own emotions)

                                                       Approximately. 20%

  • Aboriginal culture (to better support Aboriginal children/ young people in their care)

                                                        Approximately 15%

  • Mental Health (anxiety / depression / suicidal thoughts)

                                                 Approximately 15%

Please note this is by no means an exhaustive list and Carer KaFE is open to receiving proposals for any type of training that is relevant to the caring role - in fact, we encourage you to be as creative as you like whilst still addressing our Training Framework and Learning Outcomes!


Carer KaFÉ is looking to offer a range of learning and development opportunities to meet the diverse needs of carers including:

  • Face-to-face training (Victorian metro / regional locations)
  • Online training (sessions delivered via Zoom etc, webinars, podcasts)
  • Camps, retreats, cultural days

The 2021 Carer KaFÉ EOI process has been severely impacted by Covid-19 which forced the cessation of many 2020 approved face to face sessions.  We currently have these sessions (now adapted for online delivery) rescheduled into March 2021.  Thus, the 2021 EOI process has also been delayed until March 2021.

We are currently accepting applications up until Friday 19 March 2021 at 11:59 pm. 

The application form and further information – such as our Training Framework and Learning Outcomes - can be found below, 



Applications are then reviewed by an independent panel which will convene during March 2021. Panel outcomes are planned to be communicated to applicants late March 2021.

For queries, further information or to obtain the Carer KaFE DropBox link if you obtain additional documents larger than 10MB, please call Paula White Carer KaFÉ  Program Manager on 0419 190 868 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

NB: You are welcome to submit applications for multiple trainings 

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