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Job Title : Senior Child Protection Worker


Voluntary, Charity & Social Work
Source: uWorkin


The Department of Communities brings together the services and functions of disability services, child protection and family support, housing, community initiatives and regional services reform.

Working in the Kimberley
Our Kimberley region offers the perfect opportunity to grow both personally and professionally, so if you have an appreciation of Aboriginal culture and enjoy venturing through the amazing untouched scenery, this could be the job for you!

Working in the Kimberley Region attracts great benefits (subject to eligibility) including:

  • Subsidised Housing (GROH)
  • Commuted Time off in Lieu (TOIL)
  • Generous Personal Leave Entitlements (15 Days per annum)
  • Additional 3 Days Public Service Leave per annum
  • Travel Concessions
  • District Allowance
  • 5% Annual Leave Loading
  • 14 Weeks Maternity/Other Parent Leave
  • Salary Packaging Remote Benefits
  • Cultural Leave for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Employees

Current Opportunities
Suitable applicants will be placed in a pool from which appointments will be made for this or similar future vacancies (fixed term or permanent) that arise within the next 12 months across the Department of Communities. 

There are currently the following opportunities available for immediate filling:

  • One [1] permanent full time position in Broome
  • One [1] permanent full time position in Kununurra
  • Further opportunities are expected to arise.

About the Role
Senior Child Protection Workers
provide an invaluable service to the community by utilising their expert child protection skills and knowledge to enhance the safety and well-being of children and other vulnerable people.

Workers need to be confident, resilient, aware individuals, who are open to change, and who can work collaboratively with families and other professionals.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • an understanding of contemporary issues and challenges in the field of child protection;
  • sound assessment, analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • demonstrated experience in working with Aboriginal and culturally diverse families and communities; and
  • the ability to provide mentoring, advice and consultancy to Child Protection Workers and district staff.

Click the below video to see what it's like working in the Child Protection field in Country WA:

The attached Job Description Form (JDF) provides more information about the position. For further information we encourage you to contact Justine de Candia, A/District Director, on (08) 9168 0333 or via email at Justine.deCandia@communities.wa.gov.auduring business hours only.

Qualification Requirements
You cannot be considered for this position unless you have a completed university degree in:

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Psychology or
  • relevant Human Services area.

NOTE: If you have a relevant Human Services qualification you will need to supply unit descriptions/summaries for assessment against the Qualifications Framework.

All overseas qualifications must be assessed for Australian equivalency. Each qualification must be assessed individually, and the assessment must confirm the equivalent Australian qualification level (i.e. equivalent to a Bachelors or Masters degree). This assessment can be conducted by Overseas Qualification Unit or AASW, and the outcome evidence provided at the time of applying.

To find out more information on the qualifications required for this role, visit our website.

Join the Department of Communities
Apply online by clicking the ‘Apply for Job’ button (above and below) and provide the following documents in Word or PDF format only :

  1. A current resume/CV
  2. A two [2] page written application addressing all the essential work-related requirements (selection criteria) as stated on the JDF
  3. A copy of your degree certificate and academic transcript (plus unit descriptors and/or overseas qualification assessment if applicable)
  4. An application form (for hard copy applications only)

For technical difficulties while applying online, general recruitment enquiries, or to request any document in an alternative format, please contact Brielle Karklin, A/Human Resource Consultant, at HRHUB@communities.wa.gov.au or on 0432 836 780.

We can also be contacted via the National Relay Service on the following numbers:

TTY/voice calls - 133 677

Speak & Listen - 1300 555 727

SMS relay - 0423 677 767

Equity and Diversity
The Department of Communities embraces diversity and firmly believes that the best services come from a workplace, where varied viewpoints are welcomed and encouraged every day. We are committed to creating an equitable and diverse workforce, where we encourage applications from people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, women and youth.

If you have any access needs that may require adjustments to allow you to fully participate in the application and interview process, or alternative methods of communication, please contact Brielle Karklin, A/Human Resource Consultant, at HRHUB@communities.wa.gov.au or on 0432 836 780. If you are an Aboriginal person who would like assistance with your application, please contact Jobs and Skills WA on 13 64 64.

Lodgement is system generated. Any emailed applications or late submissions on or after 4:00pm will not be accepted.

Kimberley, QLD

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work


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