Psychologist/Social Worker

Victoria Police is a large organisation employing police, public servants and protective services officers. Victoria Police provides support to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. At Victoria Police our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to attract and retain a diverse workforce which includes people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.
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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Medical and Nursing
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/20001415
Closing Date: 29-Apr-2018
Salary Range: $81,354 - $92,304
Job Duration: until 25/03/2019
Attachments: C3212_20180416025910.420_X.docx (Word, 434KB)
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Victoria_Police_VPS_Application_FormMarch2018.docx (Word, 648KB)
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Contact: Stephanie Biggs
(03) 9247 3344

Position Details

  • VPSG4 range $81,354 - $92,304 p.a+ super + leave loading
  • Two (2) full time, fixed term (untill 25 March 2019) positions available
  • Working within the Health Safety and Deployment Division, Human Resources Department located at the Victoria Police Centre, 637 Flinders St, Docklands 3008*

About the role

The Police Psychology Unit is a dynamic team of psychologists and social workers whose role is to support, enhance and develop the psychological wellbeing of Victoria Police employees. Victoria Police recently conducted a Mental Health Review and is currently focused on implementing its recommendations. As part of this review the Police Psychology Unit was allocated a number of additional positions and this is consequently an exciting opportunity to be involved in a period of expansion for the Police Psychology Unit. The team works to ensure that Victoria Police officers are well equipped to manage the varied psychological demands of their roles, and requires Unit members to have a diverse skill set of clinical and organisational skills. This includes: a 24-hour on call service and the position consequently attracts an additional on-call Incident Allowance for participating in an on-call roster.

As the successful applicant, some of your duties will include:

  • Providing organisational services to a diverse range of work areas across Victoria Police, including the development and implementation of evidence-based psychological programs that are targeted to specific work areas. This often involves training, as well as the provision of consultation and coaching to managers across Victoria Police
  • Providing clinical services, including: triage, psychological assessment, short to medium-term psychological treatment, complex case-management and secondary consultation for Victoria Police on a range of mental health issues. This also involves the provision of immediate and autonomous clinical judgment in crisis situations and critical incidents, including the participation in a 24-hour on-call service as required
  • Providing Subject Matter Expertise to a range of projects, policies and programs across Victoria Police. This may include participating in projects from the Mental Health Review program of works to ensure that the Review recommendations are successfully implemented across the organisation

 Skills and experience

  • Highly developed written, verbal communication and presentation skills, with the ability utilise these skills to provide advice, conduct research/project work, facilitate training and to effectively influence a broad range of audiences including senior management.
  • Possession of high level expertise in evidence-based critical-incident responses.
  • Possession of high level clinical expertise and demonstrated ability in the provision of: triage, psychological assessment, treatment and case management for a range of mental health disorders.
  • Possession of high level expertise in psychological program development.

Requirements and relevant information

  • Registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Registration number must be provided. Eligible for membership of the APS.


  • Registered as a Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Proof of registration must be provided
  • Possess a current Victorian Driver Licence and hold or qualify for a White Class Driver Authority within three (3) months
  • Participate in a 24-hour on-call service as required

* Your usual place of work will be within the Health, Safety and Deployment Division, Human Resource Department however you may be required to work at any other division within the Human Resource Department as required.

How to Apply

Please click the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of this advertisement. Please view the full Position Description attached to this advertisement before applying. If you are experiencing accessibility issues, please open the Position Description through Acrobat Reader.

When opening the Application Form which is attached to the advertisement, please ‘save' a copy to complete.  Please note that applicants are NOT required to respond to each key selection criteria listed in the position description. 

Applications must include:

-          Resume

-          Completed application form


If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact Team Leader Psychologist Stephanie Biggs, on (03) 9247 3344 or via email

If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirement/adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact the VPS Recruitment Team via email


Please note: No applications will be accepted via email, applicants must click on “Apply Now” to submit an application.

Closing date for applications is midnight, Sunday 29 April, 2018

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