Senior Child Protection Worker Community’

Job Location: Geraldton, Gascoyne & Midwest
Employer: Department of Communities
L2 Specified Callings or L5, $128,445 to $144,577


Position No.:    007824

Level/Salary:    Level 2 Specified Callings or Level 5, $128,445 to $144,577 (inclusive of ARI) pa +                       Super PSCSAA 2021

Work Type:      Fixed Term – Full Time

Location:          Burringurrah Community, Western Australia

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.

Burringurrah is a medium sized Aboriginal community, located in the Gascoyne Region of Western Australia. Burringurrah has a total population of 117 including 102 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The community is sited on a 45,000 hectare reserve excised from the Mt James pastoral lease and is located some 310 kms from the Meekatharra township and some 70 kms from the Mt Augustus monocline and tourist resort.
Community facilities include a school, which provides for approximately 60 students ranging from pre-primary to high school level, a general store, a 25m swimming pool, a newly completed Telecentre/training facility, administration offices, a women’s centre, youth centre and a sports oval.

Your primary role and purpose is to work with Aboriginal families and the community to provide a continuum of child safety. This will range from developing the community’s capacity to safeguard the wellbeing of its children, to providing support to families and taking action when children have experienced substantial harm.
You will spend at least half of your time undertaking community capacity building with the aim of making long term, sustainable differences in reducing the incidence of child abuse.
Your stay in the community will be a challenging, but rewarding experience. During this time you will hope to:

  • create community prevention strategies;
  • see improved outcomes for women and children;
  • successfully engage with the families and increase their caring and protective capacity; and
  • build constructive links between the Department and the community.

Remote work requires special qualities and skills. If you have the resilience, adaptability, and dedication, the vast experiences and knowledge you will gain in this unique and rare opportunity that will forever guide you in your social work career.
The Job Description Form (JDF) provides more information about the position. For further information we encourage you to contact Claire Heptinstall, District Director on (08) 9965 9500 or email [email protected]
This is a temporary full time 2-year opportunity.

The successful applicant or applicants assessed as suitable through this process may receive further offers of employment in this or similar roles in the Midwest Gascoyne region.

In addition to the great Departmental benefits, working in a remote regional town offers:

  • a generous salary inclusive of an Attraction and Retention Incentive (ARI)
  • district allowance
  • free housing, water and electricity
  • $3,500 remote community allowance per year
  • a total of 9 weeks annual leave
  • 5 days commuted time off in lieu per year
  • annual travel concessions (‘free pass to the coast’)

As this is a remote location, applicants with or without a relevant qualification are encouraged to apply.

If you have a Bachelors degree in Social Work, Psychology or relevant human services area, please apply for the Senior Child Protection Worker Community (Specified Callings level 2) position. To find out more information on the qualifications required for this role, visit our website.

If you do not hold an approved qualification, please apply for the Senior Community Child Protection Worker (Level 5) position.

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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 HR HUB Team. 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.

Closing date: Monday, 13 December 2021 at 4.00 pm (WST)


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