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  • SCHCADS Level 5, $93,860 + super + salary packaging
  • Full Time  Maximum Term contract until June 2024
  • Bayside Peninsula Location
  • Join a team dedicated to innovation and change in the Family Violence sector


The Specialist Family Violence Practitioner is an integral member of the family violence team. This role sits within the Rapid Response Team and delivers high quality face to face and over the phone support to women and her children who are experiencing family violence across the Bayside Peninsula Region. The responses will be provided at diverse locations within the region and may include motels, police stations and hospitals.

The role involves extensive knowledge and understanding of the family violence response service including delivering crisis responses and outcomes after-hours on an individually negotiated basis and in response to service needs. This role aims at supporting women and children to increase their safety through risk and needs assessments and safety planning. It also involves a holistic approach by providing material aid and emotional support.

Please apply as soon as possible, applications will be considered as they are received. Submit a short covering letter  outlining your relevant skills and experience along with your CV to SEEK.


  • Provide a specialist family violence response to women and children who are/have experienced family violence including brief to longer term responses
  • Provide family violence support to clients on Active Hold until they are allocated to a Case Manager
  • Undertake MARAM brief to comprehensive risk and needs assessment of women and children in crisis
  • Complete safety planning and liaise with other services and stakeholders to increase safety of women and children experiencing family violence
  • Provide psychoeducation and emotional support
  • Completing outreach and providing material aid that promotes safety and addressing the clients’ immediate needs
  • Administration duties include processing referrals on SHIP, case noting, opening and closing a support period, Afterhours profile, uploading documents, recording payments and booking emergency accommodation where required.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Appropriate tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, or a related tertiary discipline is essential  in addition to to demonstrated eligibility to work within the family violence sector under Recommendation 209 (See details below).
  • Demonstrated experience using MARAM to assess risk, needs and protective factors of women and children, safety planning and determining appropriate referral pathways
  • Demonstrated ability to apply a trauma-informed framework to the various presentations of women and children
  • Demonstrated experience working with women and children presenting with complex needs and behaviours (e.g. trauma, substance abuse, mental health, parenting issues, disability) and/or from CALD or indigenous backgrounds and/or LGBTIQA+ communities.
  • Experience working with diverse communities experiencing multiple forms of discrimination and disadvantage (e.g. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities; people with disability; people from LGBTI communities).
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing written reports, maintaining records, including case notes and data base reporting
  • A current full Australian Drivers License

Position Description


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Salary Packaging

Development & Learning Opportunities

Paid Parental Leave

Paid Study Leave

Long Service Leave

Flexible Working Arrangements

We encourage all candidates to review the hyperlinked position description before submitting an application.

To apply please submit a short covering letter outlining your relevant skills and experience along with your CV through the portal, the hyperlink is displayed for each individual role.

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Please apply as soon as possible, applications are considered as they are received.