Psychologist and/or Social Worker, Family Violence Command

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: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Medical and Nursing
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/20034726
Closing Date: 05-Dec-2017
Salary Range: $79,955 - $90,716
Job Duration: Ongoing
Attachments: Application Form.docx (Word, 644KB)
Self Assessment

Role Statement.doc (Word, 143KB)
Job Specification

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Job Specification

Contact: William Wainwright
(03) 9247 5376 or 0427 499 420

Position Details


  • VPSG-4 range $79,995 - $90,716 p.a. + super + leave loading*
  • Six (6) newly created full-time, ongoing positions available
  • Working within the Family Violence Command located at the Victoria Police Centre, 637 Flinders Street, Docklands 3008**

About the role

Victoria Police completed a wide-ranging Mental Health Review in 2016, and its recommendations are now being implemented across the organisation. The review indicated the need for dedicated support roles for those working in areas relating to sexual and family violence. As a result, a new team of six psychologists led by a team leader will be located within the Family Violence Command to provide psychological support service. This team will be aligned in practice with the Police Psychology Unit, and will be governed by the Police Psychology Unit Senior Psychologist.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Develop and implement strategies and interventions for psychological health to employees and work units specifically involved in the sexual offences and family violence crime themes
  • Participate in Mental Health Review related projects and initiatives as required
  • Provide professional services including coaching, counselling, case management and other therapeutic and organisational interventions to Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Teams and Family Violence Teams, on a diverse range of complex issues including trauma, critical incident response, occupational stress, vicarious trauma, well-being and psychological risk and other issues arising from operational situations
  • Provide immediate and autonomous clinical judgement and crisis intervention involving complex issues
  • Provide leadership and consultancy services to senior management and operational supervisors about clinical and organisational psychology matters in relation to employees working in the areas of sexual and family violence offences, including the provision of specialist opinion at crisis situations regarding issues affecting the psychological and social wellbeing of Victoria Police employees
  • Work directly with Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Teams and Family Violence Teams to develop, enhance and implement support programs that incorporate best practice in activities such as, screening, training, education and monitoring of the psychological well-being of members
  • Participate in research and projects relevant to health, safety, and wellbeing, and contribute to appropriate research initiatives within Victoria Police and the wider policing community
  • Participate in establishing and cultivating professional and pro-active working relationships and effective communication networks with Victoria Police personnel, relevant external organisations, and stakeholders

Skills and experience:

As the successful applicant you will have:

  • Possession of high level clinical expertise and demonstrated ability in the provision of clinical assessments, counselling, case management and the development of program initiatives
  • Possession of high level knowledge and demonstrated experience in the provision of critical incident and crisis interventions
  • Demonstrated ability to provide immediate and autonomous clinical judgement and crisis intervention in highly stressful, complex and sensitive situations
  • Proven sound theoretical and practical ability to develop and implement policies and service delivery plans, relevant to a small multi-disciplinary team in a large and diverse organisation
  • Highly developed written, verbal communication and presentation skills, with the ability to utilise these skills effectively to motivate and influence a broad range of audiences including senior management
  • Demonstrated ability to identify emerging issues and trends impacting upon a large and diverse organisation, to initiate and develop appropriate research, analysis and evidenced based strategies and programs
  • Proven ability to monitor client and stakeholder satisfaction, and constructively manage stakeholder issues to ensure positive outcomes for the stakeholder and the Department
  • A proven record of ethical behaviour and a demonstrated commitment to the Victoria Police Code of Ethics and Conduct, Financial Code of Practice, and the Organisational Values

Requirements and relevant information:

  • Full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Registration number must be provided; or
  • Registration 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


  • Masters or equivalent qualification in either psychology or social work is desirable
  • Membership or eligibility for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) (Psychologist only)

*As of 1 January 2018, the VPSG-4 salary range will be $81,354 - $92,304 p.a. + super + leave loading
**Your usual place of work will be within the Family Violence Command; however you will be required to work across the state of Victoria at various SOCIT and FV locations 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

The full recommendations of the Mental Health Review can be found HERE.

If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact William Wainwright on (03) 9247 5376 / 0427 499 420 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 Annalise Harris 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 Tuesday 5 December 2017.

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