Senior Clinician, High Risk and Complex Needs

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Health and Allied Health
Classification: AH4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/3468_SEP
Closing Date: 12-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - 3468 - Senior Clinician - HRCN - September 2022.docx (Word, 543KB)

Contact: Alex Foster on 0418 740 971

Position Details

  • Utilise your clinical skills to provide high quality, evidence-based therapeutic interventions to individuals on post-sentence orders who have been assessed as an unacceptable risk of perpetrating further sexual or violent offences.
  • Ongoing opportunity to work with a high-performing, highly-experienced and passionate team.
  • AH Grade 4: $103,920 - $125,735 plus superannuation.


The Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department) is seeking a Senior Clinician (High Risk Complex Needs) to provide a critical clinical role in Forensic Intervention Services.


About the business unit

Corrections Victoria is part of the Department of Justice and Community Safety and is responsible for the direction, management, and operation of Victoria's adult corrections system, including Community Correctional Services, public and privately operated prisons, and a transitional centre. It ensures prisoners are safely and securely contained and aims to rehabilitate offenders by addressing the underlying causes of offending behaviour.

As a division of Corrections Victoria, Forensic Intervention Services is a specialist program area within the Offender Services Division that provides individuals in custody and in the community with offence-specific, evidence-based screening, assessment, and intervention services to support their rehabilitation. In doing so, Forensic Intervention Services is a critical component of the department's strategy to reduce reoffending and contribute to community safety.


About the role

The Senior Clinician, High Risk and Complex Needs (HRCN) is responsible for providing and overseeing therapeutic intervention to:

  • Individuals convicted of a violent and/or sexually violent offence, who are subject to a post-sentence Detention or Supervision Order (DSO) or an Interim DSO

Some of your duties will include:

  • Deliver evidenced based individual and group based treatment programs for relevant individuals subject to a post-sentence order.
  • Provide leadership and authoritative clinical advice to Corrections Victoria, especially to Principal Practitioners, Specialist Case Managers, the Sentence Management Division and the Post-Sentence Branch in relation to assessment, management and treatment of relevant individuals subject to a post-sentence order.
  • In consultation with the Manager, High Risk Management, oversee the intervention pathway for relevant individuals across either community or prisons.

To learn more about this role before applying, please read the attached position description.


About you

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Sound clinical experience with a forensic population is preferred.
  • Significant experience in and knowledge of assessment, individual and group treatment and behaviour intervention treatment models with complex populations (e.g., Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Transtheoretical Model of Change, Trauma Informed Care, Strengths Based Approaches).
  • Sound knowledge of policies and Acts relevant to the role, including but not limited to, the Serious Offenders Act (2018) is desirable.
  • Adherence to and demonstration of key therapist characteristics [empathy, warmth, rewarding and directive] to facilitate the therapeutic relationship.
  • Adherence to and demonstrated understanding of the Risk Needs Responsivity Model



  • Minimum four years post-registration clinical experience, or equivalent, is desirable.
  • Registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia; or
  • Member of the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) with accreditation as a Mental Health Social Worker.
  • Specialist training and/or postgraduate qualifications in a clinical or forensic field, is desirable.
  • Psychology Board of Australia Approved Supervisor status is desirable.
  • A current Victorian driver's licence is required.


How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.


For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time).

Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.

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