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Finding a job

Looking for work is never easy, especially when you are first starting out in your career.

There are many questions you need to consider. Are you looking for full time or part time work? Do you want to specialise? Do you need a workplace near public transport?

Some people want to work in not-for-profit organisations only, whereas others look for the relative security of government jobs. Whichever the case, these tips will give you the best chance of getting into the work of your choice.
  1. Make sure your CV or resume is up to date.
  2. Include volunteer work in a separate area.
  3. Record major CPD activities, such as workshops or short courses, on your resume to show you have built on your skills since graduating.
  4. Write your cover letter at a high level (not overly detailed) and focus on a few important points relevant to the job. Do not describe your whole experience unless you are specifically required to use it to address selection criteria.
  5. Make sure your letter is enthusiastic, but not over-the-top, so that it provides insight into you as an applicant.
  6. If you are new to the workforce or the sector, highlight transferrable skills to boost your employability.
  7. Keep your cover letter to no more than a page and write in the active not passive tense.
  8. Keep notes to use in applications, for example, document your skills and attributes and how you can demonstrate them in a resume/letter/interview.
  9. Address the job selection criteria with evidence not assertion – you may need to prove your experience in an interview.
  10. Before you attend an interview, look at the organisation’s website to get an idea of how the organisation operates and its services. Make sure the organisation’s values match your own.
Begin your job search

Look at the featured ads below or visit one of the listed job sites.

Community workers can access quick and discounted police checks here. If you do have a criminal record, you can find our advice on how to manage this here.

http://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/ (sector specific job site)
https://probonoaustralia.com.au/jobs/ (sector specific job site)
https://www.seek.com.au (generalist job site)
https://jobsearch.gov.au/ (Job Active)
https://atsijobs.com.au/ (Specialised job site for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)

Many of the major employers, such as Brotherhood of St Laurence, Anglicare and Benevolent Society, have career sections on their own websites.

For employment in government agencies, such as child protection and local government roles, search out websites dedicated to government careers.

Employment agencies can also assist you to find work. A word to the wise though – agencies often match community workers with personal care/support work roles for which professional community workers (those qualified with a diploma or degree) are over qualified and more suited to higher level roles, such as case worker or case manager.


Featured jobs

Child Protection Career Information Series 2020 - North Division
Department of Health & Human Services

You are invited to the Child Protection Career Information Series 2020 - North Division.

Being a child protection practitioner for the Victorian Government means more than having a role in improving the future of hundreds of children and their families. It's about working with people who share a common goal and together achieve positive results through all aspects of their work, every single day.

What will I hear
You will hear from leading child protection practitioners and learn about current innovations and initiatives within the program. You will also be provided with an opportunity to talk to these leading practitioners about their roles and career progression. Finally you will be provided an opportunity to explore current Full time & Part time opportunities within the Metro & Loddon areas (Preston & Bendigo offices)

Relocation Packages available for successful candidates.

Who should attend
  • Experienced professionals with relevant qualifications seeking a career change.
  • Students and graduates from Social Work, Psychology and similar welfare related degree courses.
Tuesday 17th November 2020
Evening Session; 5.30pm - 7.00pm

Wednesday 18th November 2020
Evening Session; 5.30pm - 7.00pm

Thursday 19th November 2020
Lunchtime Session; 1.00pm - 2.30pm
Evening Session; 5.30pm – 7.00pm

A small changes in a child’s life can have a big impact on their future. The positive difference you make to their life on a day to day basis will have a lasting effect on their tomorrow.

Click here to register

Senior Child Protection Practitioner (Family Violence)
Department of Health & Human Services

The West Division Child Protection Program prides itself on its commitment to making children safe, supporting stronger families, and protecting future generations.

The dynamic and professional practitioners located within our South West Child Protection Program, service a diverse client base within one of Victoria's outstanding regional centres.

An outstanding opportunity currently exists for a highly motivated individual to either join the Portland based team or provide leadership in this role in a remote capacity. Success in this role in a remote capacity will require a demonstrated ability to quickly establish strong relationships with sector partners and Area based child protection practitioners and senior managers. Your leadership will be evidenced by your ability to operate independently and will be highly regarded.

The Senior Practitioner (Family Violence) supports the capacity of child protection practitioners to better respond to risk for children exposed to family violence.

Pivotal to your success in this challenging yet fulfilling role, ideal candidates will possess;
  • Highly developed risk assessment skills in a family violence context.
  • Superior understanding of child development, attachment and trauma theories in relation to child protection practice.
  • Leadership acumen coupled with experience assuming a mentoring role.
In return you will receive;
  • Support and assistance to relocate or operate remotely
  • Supervision by Leaders in the field
  • Exposure to innovative Social Work Practices
  • Ongoing Professional Development
Make the decision to pursue a fulfilling professional career and help Victorian families.

It's a great time to join the team.

Enquiries: Karen Anderson | 0418 745 599

Salary: $98,396 - $119,052
Reference: VG/DHHS/WWD0/00520929
Closing date: 4/11/2020

Click here to apply

Team Leader
Territory Families

Professional 3 (Remuneration Package Range $122,749 - $137,283 (including salary $106,568 - $119,351) Plus Government Employee Housing and Remote Living allowances
Northern Region, Remote Services
Elcho Island – Galiwinku Northern Territory
Fixed to 30/06/2022

Are you an experienced Child Protection Practitioner looking to take on a leadership role in a remote community setting?  If so we would love to work with you.

Territory Families, Housing and Communities works with families, individuals and stakeholders to create stronger communities where children experience safe, healthy and happy childhoods, women and men from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds have equal opportunities, and senior Territorians are appreciated and respected.   

As a Remote Services Team Leader, you will lead and supervise a team of professional and safety support staff in the delivery of integrated statutory and non-statutory welfare and safety services to vulnerable children, families and groups residing in remote communities. This involves undertaking statutory responsibilities and exercising delegations under the Care and Protection of Children Act, and ensuring the accurate and timely recording of information on the client information and case management systems.

To be successful, you require an Australian tertiary qualification, eligibility for membership of a relevant professional body; sound understanding of the principles and functions of supervising staff in the delivery of statutory and non-statutory welfare services, and highly developed professional skills in conducting strength bases assessments, developing and delivering effective interventions and applying best practice principles.

In addition, you will have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, family and community structures, an ability to communicate and work in a culturally safe manner.

In return, you will be offered support to grow and develop your career, excellent progression opportunities, competitive salary, market allowance and the opportunity to make a positive difference to children and their families. If successful you may be eligible for relocation assistance.

For a confidential discussion please contact: Bianca Harris on
08 8973 8600 or TF.RecruitmentNR@nt.gov.au

Quote vacancy number: 41119
Closing date: 01/11/2020

Applications should address the Selection Criteria. For a copy of the Job Description and to apply online please visit www.jobs.nt.gov.au

Picture your life out here – www.OurLifeOutHere.nt.gov.au

Child protection roles
Department of Health & Human Services

Child Protection work is rewarding, fulfilling, challenging and demanding, with many opportunities from Case Support Work (CPP2) to Expert Practice (CPP6) roles. As a Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll join over 1600 other qualified social welfare and behavioural professionals, passionate about social justice and the rights of children at risk.

Who are DHHS looking for?
We’re looking for professionals who are confident and resilient. You must be empathetic and open to change when working collaboratively with families and other professionals.

While there is need for therapy-based skills, a great deal of case work involves statutory investigation, analysis and critical thinking.

What’s involved in being a Practitioner?
Child Protection Practitioners work for the Victorian Government to investigate the safety and wellbeing of children at risk. They receive and assess reports of alleged child abuse and neglect from the community. In more serious circumstances, Practitioners may be involved in court action.

To be an effective Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll understand that families are complex and have their own unique histories. Importantly, you will be able to build relationships with children, young people and their families.

The work is interesting, challenging, busy and fulfilling and involves therapeutic and analytical skills. Roles may at times be required to operate outside normal office hours (at night, on weekends and public holidays) with relevant overtime or time in lieu provisions applying.

What jobs are available?
There are many opportunities across various levels in Child Protection, from Case Support Worker (CPP2) roles to Expert Practice (CPP6) roles. You can access and read the position descriptions for all roles via this link. Please make sure you read these and review where our offices are located.

Roles with a specific focus will also be advertised as required. You can view these by going here and searching for ‘Child Protection.’ Various positions are available across Victoria.

Once you know which role you are interested and qualified in, you can begin your application. To apply for a position in Child Protection, you need to hold a valid driver’s licence and the right qualification. You can view the list of eligible qualifications here.

Make sure that you have an up-to-date resume and academic transcripts ready to upload.

Regional employees may be required to participate in an on-call roster.

The Department of Health & Human Services is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal people employed with the department. In particular, our focus is on increasing the number of Aboriginal Child Protection Practitioners.

Trainer/Assessor to deliver the Diploma of Community Services
Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (IHNA)

About the business and the role
Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (IHNA) is a quality-driven, nationally Registered Training Organisation (RTO), committed to continuous improvement in the area of Healthcare and Nursing education. We offer high quality, engaging, interactive online, and blended delivery modes.

We are currently seeking Trainer/Assessors to deliver diploma of community services at Sydney/Melbourne and Perth Campuses.

Some of the responsibilities of the role will include:
Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lesson planning and course delivery
  • Reviewing available resources to plan lessons
  • Conducting and evaluating assessments
  • Resource and assessment tool validation (as required)
  • Conducting simulated & practical placement assessments
  • Associated administrative tasks
Key Selection Criteria
  • Vocational competencies at least to the level of qualifications delivered (Diploma or higher qualification in Community Services)
  • Following ACWA Guidelines, must have a qualification in an area and at least 2 years of full time relevant industry experience.
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40116 (required)
  • At least two years full-time relevant industry experience or part time (after combining should be 2 years)
  • In-depth understanding of ACWA regulatory guidelines and standards (highly desirable)
  • 2 years of experience as a Case Manager (optional)
Please note successful candidates are required to have the following checks:
  • National Police Clearance (valid within the last 6 months) or willing to apply for one
  • Working with Children Check or willing to apply for one
  • Assessment markings from home are paid on top of the hourly rate 
  • Employee Assistant Programme available for staff and students
Please feel free to visit www.ihna.edu.au for further information about IHNA.

To apply send your updated Resume and cover letter to hr@hcigroup.com.au and mention the location your applying for.

All recruitment, selection and promotion decisions will be based on the best qualified and experienced candidate who can perform the genuine occupational requirements of this position. IHM provides equal opportunity in employment to all suitably abled people without discrimination or harassment based on a personal characteristic protected under the Equal Opportunity Act. Indigenous Australians are also encouraged to apply for the position.

Advertise with ACWA

If you have a community services vacancy and would like to reach practitioners dedicated to excellence, contact us. ACWA offers an attractive advertising deal.