Disability & Complex Needs Service Practitioner

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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.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Health and Allied Health
Classification: AH3
Work Location: Melbourne - Western Metro
Reference: VG/8612B
Closing Date: 17-Aug-2022
Salary Range: $90,067 - $102,192
Job Duration: Until 30/06/2024
Attachments: Position Description - 8612 - Disability & Complex Needs Service Practitioner.docx (Word, 539KB)

Contact: Amy Westhorpe on (03) 8363 1705

Position Details


  • Utilise your behavioural intervention experience to provide initial assessment, ongoing intervention and life skill programs at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.
  • Opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service until 30 June 2024.
  • AH Grade 3: $90,067 - $102,192 plus superannuation.


The Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department) is seeking a Disability & Complex Needs Service Practitioner to provide a critical role at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.


About the business unit

Corrections Victoria is responsible for the implementation of policies, programs and services that ensure the safe and secure containment of prisoners, and that seek to rehabilitate offenders by addressing the underlying causes of offending behaviour.

As part of the Corrections and Justice Services group, the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC) is a 568-bed medium to maximum-security facility for female offenders located within the West Metropolitan Region, Department of Justice.

The DPFC operates a Needs Based Precinct model, with prisoners accommodated in precincts aligned to their identified needs. The DPFC has two new buildings as part of its specialist Health and Wellbeing Precinct, dedicated to supporting prisoners with mental health, cognitive impairment, physical disabilities and complex needs.

DPFC is undertaking a project to pilot a model for women prisoners who have disability and complex needs. The pilot will seek to identify best practice in custodial practices and develop a specialised disability pathway focussed on women prisoners with cognitive impairment and complex needs.


About the role

Under the direction of the Disability and Complex Needs Coordinator, the DCNS Practitioner will operate from the Rosewood Unit (Health and Wellbeing Precinct) providing initial assessment, ongoing intervention and will facilitate life skills programs.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Deliver occupational therapy (OT) assessment and intervention to female prisoner cohort within a maximum-security setting.
  • Applies sound theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in promoting OT service delivery, collating referrals and conducting assessments on eligibility for therapeutic program participation.
  • Undertakes advanced therapeutic interventions, including cross agency collaboration and the facilitation of therapeutic and life skills programs.

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:

  • Experience in the provision of coordination and behavioural interventions across vulnerable cohorts who display complex needs (mental health, cognitive and/or physical disability).
  • An understanding of positive behaviour support and experience in working with clients who live with intellectual disability and/or who display behaviours of concern.
  • In-depth understanding of intellectual disability, acquired brain injury and cognitive impairment and the assessments, supports and services available to assist



  • A tertiary qualification in Disability or Allied Health (Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, Behavioural Sciences, Nursing) is desirable.
  • At least 3 years' experience in a relevant setting


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. Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

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