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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, search the government career website for your state or territory.

Employment agencies can also assist you to find work. A word to the wise though – recruitment 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.


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Senior Professional Officer 1 (Remuneration Package Range $146,845 - $163,862)
Families – Central Australia
Alice Springs

The Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities provides support services across child protection, domestic and family violence, youth justice services, multicultural affairs and senior’s recognition. The agency brings together many of the key functions that work together 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.

Your key responsibilities include; managing change and resource management, developing and implementing appropriate strategies, and managing operational statutory and non-statutory service delivery. You are also responsible for establishing and maintaining strategic alliances with internal and external stakeholders; providing high level advice and correspondence in relation to complex operational issues and assisting in fulfilling the Department’s emergency management welfare group responsibilities.

What’s on offer

  • Diverse service in a culturally rich environment.
  • Experienced and engaged team to support you.
  • Access to continuing professional development to improve your skills and knowledge.
  • Unique location – experience the real Australia with large skies, far horizons, rustic and unique landscapes.

Located in Alice Springs (Mparntwe) you will form part of a passionate and talented leadership group in a high profile government agency, enjoy the rewards of a competitive salary package inclusive of 6 weeks recreational and 3 weeks personal leave, 17.5% leave loading, generous market allowance and a great opportunity to develop a career in the NT Public Sector.

This is a great time to consider moving to Alice Springs. Enjoy the enviable laidback lifestyle and work life balance, explore the unique landscapes and dreamtime of the Central Arrernte people and take the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of children and their families in Central Australia. The rich cultural society and community spirit makes Alice an easy place to meet people and make new friends. Relocation assistance is available to successful applicants.

For further information about this vacancy please contact: Chellie Hosking on 08 8955 6001 or

Quote vacancy number: 28128
Closing date: 21/12/2023

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Applications should consist of a one page summary sheet, resume / CV and copies of relevant qualifications.

For a copy of the Job Description and to apply online please click here.


Join the team that shapes forensic intervention in Victoria and create a bigger change.

  • Work on complex cases with a unique group
  • Enjoy world-class training and wellbeing support
  • Flexible work options and locations

If you're looking to challenge yourself, join a supportive multidisciplinary team and build your clinical reputation, you'll love the work at Forensic Intervention Services (FIS).

We are a specialist program area of Corrections Victoria doing innovative work in areas such as violent and sexual offending, alcohol and other drugs, violent extremism and restorative justice.

We're looking for people with experience in psychology, social work, mental health nursing or occupational therapy to become clinicians.

Whether you're looking to build skills, enjoy more variety or make your mark in an exciting field, this is career defining work with a complex group you won't get access to anywhere else.

Opportunities are available in metro Melbourne, the Geelong area and regional locations.

How we'll support and reward you

Our work can be demanding so we offer first-rate training and support.

  • A specialised induction program for new clinical staff (including foundation, theory, and mentored on-the-job training)
  • Exposure to national and international experts in forensic work.
  • Mental health and wellbeing care - essential debriefing for the first 12 months for new forensic practitioners.
  • Supervision by senior clinical staff with support on a day-to-day basis.
  • Ongoing professional development including clinical scholarship, research program and study leave opportunities.
  • Annual Leadership Forum and Conference for technical and professional development.
  • Registration or professional association membership funded annually (e.g. PBA/AHPRA, AASW)
  • Relocation allowances for eligible candidates.

What you'll do

As a clinician, you will build on your existing expertise as part of a multidisciplinary team, delivering best-practice forensic intervention in a correctional environment.

Working within the Risk-Needs-Responsivity model, you'll deliver a wide range of individualised services including:

  • Comprehensive assessments including risk assessments.
  • Clinical interviews to determine appropriate treatment pathways.
  • Treatment interventions employing evidence-based assessment tools.
  • Treatment programs involving individual and group sessions.
  • Preparing treatment plans, treatment reports, and risk assessment reports for internal and external stakeholders.

Travel to correctional facilities is a required part of the role so you will need to possess a current driver's licence.


To apply, you'll need to hold, or be eligible for, one of the following:

  • General registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA).
  • Eligibility for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
  • Credentialed as a Mental Health Nurse with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.
  • Registered as an Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

To find out more about the role and FIS, watch our career information video or contact our recruitment team at

To apply please click here.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Child Protection Practitioner / Senior Child Protection Practitioner

Professional 1 (Remuneration Package Range $78,457 - $100,362)
Professional 2 (Remuneration Package Range $103,248 - $123,119

Selection will be made at the P1 or P2 depending on the experience and qualifications of the successful applicant.

Central Region – Families and Communities
Alice Springs

Alice Springs Child Protection are seeking applications from experienced and enthusiastic practitioners to deliver high quality, culturally appropriate and effective statutory and non-statutory welfare services within Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities. Work within a supportive and diverse team who work creatively to improve the wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities, and take advantage of the endless possibilities for adventure and a healthy work-life balance.

What’s on offer

  • Diverse service in a culturally rich environment.
  • Experienced and engaged team to support you.
  • Access to continuing professional development to improve your skills and knowledge.
  • Unique location – experience the real Australia with large skies, far horizons, rustic and unique landscapes.

For further information about this vacancy please contact: Chellie Hosking on 08 8955 6001 or

Quote vacancy number: 22927
Closing date: 06/12/2023

Applications should consist of a one page summary sheet, resume / CV and copies of relevant qualifications.

For a copy of the Job Description and to apply online please click here.

Youth Justice Worker – Parkville

Bring your passion and create positive change from the inside out.

  • New opportunities at our Parkville precinct, close to Melbourne CBD
  • Earn up to $92,712, with a base salary of $73,842 including standard penalty rates and overtime
  • Full training provided including a fully funded Certificate IV in Youth Justice
  • Relocation allowance for eligible candidates

As a youth justice worker, you'll empower young people in custody to steer their lives in a positive direction by acting as part of an extended network of care, helping them work to a daily structure, achieve key goals and develop life skills.

You don't need formal qualifications and we provide full training, but to add value as a keyworker in a young persons' care team and support rehabilitative outcomes, we value experience in the following areas: case management, youth work, healthcare, community services, social studies, education, criminology or allied health practices such as psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychiatric nursing or alcohol and other drugs.

In return for your life experience and passion for working with young people, we offer job security, paid training (including a Cert IV in youth justice), career pathway options and an opportunity to create positive change.

We also look for:

passion and empathy – the willingness to work with children and young people while still setting boundaries life experience – the ability to adapt and manage challenging situations
dedication and resilience – maintaining positivity and commitment even after setbacks
teamwork – the ability to be a natural team player and work well with a close team
verbal and written communication skills – report writing will be part of your job
pro-activity – the skill for solving challenges and complex issues with bright ideas.

Apply now for roles at our Parkville precinct, just 3kms north of Melbourne CBD!

To apply please click here.

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners (various roles)

Metro & Regional Available (State Wide)


  • A strong commitment to develop and support Child Protection Practitioners
  • Work collaboratively with your team to strengthen case practice and to provide effective service delivery
  • Highly rewarding career opportunities

Being a Child Protection Practitioner means making real change to the lives of our communities most vulnerable children and families. A career in child protection will provide a range of professional pathways that support your personal growth and development. We offer a supportive team approach, quality supervision with great training and development.


  • Advanced Child Protection Practitioner (CPP4) $90,067 to $102,192

About the Roles

We are looking for entry level (CPP3) and experienced child protection/child and family welfare professionals (CPP4 & CPP5) to join our child protection teams. Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

Key responsibilities include

  • Assessing children and young people who are in need of protection
  • Conducting risk assessments and investigations
  • Working collaboratively with families, community services organisations and other professionals to develop and implement effective plans for children
  • Managing complex cases, problem solving and presenting matters to the Children's Court of Victoria as required
  • Be responsible for supporting and developing Child Protection Practitioners in the integration of theory and practice while demonstrating your expertise through case practice
  • Working collaboratively with the Team Manager to strengthen case practice
  • Provide effective service delivery and support other practitioners

To be a child protection practitioner you need a current and valid driver's licence, a Working With Children Check and a recognised Social Work, Psychology or Community Work qualification.

Make the decision to pursue a fulfilling professional career and make a difference in vulnerable children's lives.

For more information about the role descriptions of Child Protection Practitioners at different levels, please email or visit

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