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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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Communications Officer

Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA)
Full time (part time considered)

National professional association opportunity
Competitive salary
Flexible work options
Additional paid leave between Christmas and New Year


The Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) is the professional association for qualified community work practitioners. Its purpose, supported by members, is to ensure that community work is widely recognised as a profession, and that practitioners have the requisite qualifications, skills, ethics and knowledge needed to play a proactive role in bringing about a fair and just society. ACWA’s four key service areas are membership, migration skills assessments, course accreditation and training endorsement.

The office is based in the Melbourne CBD.


We are currently seeking a highly motivated person to join our management team in Melbourne. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies and outputs that advance ACWA’s strategic direction and brand. The position will support the delivery of communications across a variety of platforms.

In your role you will need:

  • a relevant tertiary qualification
  • an ability to prioritise workloads
  • a successful track record in teamwork
  • to be a strategic and conceptual thinker.

How to apply for the role

If you are interested in this role please address the key selection criteria and submit your current CV with three referees to: by 20 April 2024. If you have any questions, please contact the national office on 03 9642 5166. Please be prepared to bring examples of your work to an interview.


Position Title: Communications Officer
Hours: Full time / Part time options considered
Term: 24 months fixed term (with the possibility of extension)
Salary package based on experience
Location: Level 2, 190 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 (with flexible work from home arrangements)
Reports: Manager of Membership Services

Position summary

The communications officer position is a strategic and hands on role to coordinate, develop and implement communication strategies that support ACWA’s engagement with members, stakeholders, and the wider community.

Position responsibilities

  • Work closely with the management team to identify target audiences and create strategies to effectively engage them.
  • Ensure the organisation is appropriately resourced to understand key communication priorities and messaging.
  • Develop and disseminate public relations material that increases ACWA’s brand awareness
  • Support the development of ACWA’s external policy submissions.
  • Maintain, improve, and add to website content to ensure the site is relevant and dynamic.
  • Coordinate and develop content for use in communication materials, including e-news, media releases, policy submissions, and social media platforms.

Requirements of the role (Key selection criteria)

Applicants must have:

  • a tertiary qualification in communications, journalism, media, or a related field.
  • excellent writing skills.
  • demonstrated knowledge and experience in content marketing, social media management and digital marketing principles.
  • proficiency (or willingness to learn) in website content management.
  • Proficiency in social media, and other relevant platforms.
  • a successful track record of working within a team-based environment oriented to achieving organisational objectives and policies.
  • experience in managing relevant external suppliers e.g. graphic designers, marketing professionals, printers etc.
  • a commitment to quality management and continuous improvement.


  • Marketing experience.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer and IT skills across different platforms including but not limited to: Microsoft suite, Adobe suite.

Personal attributes

  • Consultative and collaborative working attitude.
  • Creative and outcomes thinking.
  • Problem solver.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.

Youth Justice Workers – Cherry Creek and Parkville

Create positive change from the inside out.

Casual, part-time and full-time opportunities at our Cherry Creek and Parkville precincts
Earn up to $93,639, with a base salary of $74,580 including standard penalty rates and overtime
Full training provided including a fully funded Certificate IV in Youth Justice
Relocation allowance for eligible candidates

Bring your life experience and passion to youth justice, and we'll offer you job security, paid training and an opportunity to create positive change.

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.

Youth justice workers also act as keyworkers in a young persons' care team to monitor progress and support rehabilitative outcomes. It can be challenging work where you'll need resilience to manage difficult situations, but in return for your skills and life experience, we offer paid training (including a Cert IV in youth justice), job security and a wide range of benefits.

We 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.

We also value qualifications or experience in the following areas:
Case management, youth work, community services, social studies, education, criminology or allied health practices such as psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychiatric nursing or alcohol and other drugs.

Join our team today and help create positive change from the inside out!

Click here to apply now


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.

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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