Occupational Therapist, Rivergum

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Health and Allied Health
Classification: AH3
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/CV0609A
Closing Date: 14-Aug-2022
Salary Range: $90,067 - $102,192
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - CV0609 - Occupational Therapist.docx (Word, 540KB)

Contact: Rebecca Biggs on 0437 532 407

Position Details


  • Utilise your advanced occupational therapy skills to provide rehabilitation and intervention pathways for residents at Rivergum.
  • Opportunity to work with an innovative, high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service.
  • AH Grade 3: $90,067 - $102,192 plus superannuation.


The Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department) is seeking an Occupational Therapist (Rivergum) to provide a critical role in Forensic Intervention Services.


About the business unit

As a division of Corrections Victoria, Forensic Intervention Services is a specialist program area within the Offender Services Division that provides offenders 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.

Rivergum Residential Treatment Centre provides a therapeutic treatment option for individuals convicted of serious sexually violent and/or violent offences who are subject to supervision orders under Victoria's post-sentence scheme, which applies to individuals who have finished their prison sentences but who continue to pose an unacceptable risk to the community.

Rivergum is designed to enhance community safety by treating  individuals on supervision orders in a secure but non-punitive therapeutic environment, with a strong focus on treatment intervention and rehabilitation, working with complex individuals within a trauma-informed approach.


About the role  

The Occupational Therapist is part of a small clinical multidisciplinary team responsible for providing a holistic range of therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation based on the needs of service users residing at Rivergum. This includes offence-specific and offence-related group and individual based interventions. Treatment modalities include Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). 

The position works closely with the Clinical Services Manager, Senior Clinicians within Forensic Intervention Services, Specialist Case Managers and Specialist Case Workers. Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is also offered at Rivergum and this position works alongside the use of such therapeutic intervention. This position is based at Rivergum in Ararat.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Autonomously plan, implement, document and evaluate occupational therapy assessment and treatment with an identified resident group.
  • Co-facilitate therapeutic group programs
  • In consultation with the Clinical Services Manager, provide input into treatment and intervention pathways for residents at Rivergum.
  • Provide leadership and authoritative clinical advice to Rivergum clinical staff and case managers, developing and maintaining a culture that supports best practice and maintains a therapeutic community in relation to occupational therapy assessment and treatment of relevant service users.

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 conceptual understanding of the theories of occupational performance and be committed to understanding and improving client functioning through formal assessment and interventions using recognised occupational therapy models of intervention.
  • Detailed knowledge and commitment to the application of best practice principles of occupational therapy in forensic settings, including understanding of the OT Australia - Australian Association of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and a commitment to working in a manner consistent with the code.
  • Sound knowledge of forensic settings and/or principles of therapeutic communities is desirable.



  • Ongoing position as a member of the Victorian Public Service (VPS).
  • Opportunities for career growth throughout the Department of Justice and Community Safety and the wider VPS network.
  • Competitive salaries, generous leave entitlements, including annual leave loading, salary sacrifice, paid parental leave, and the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
  • Excellent professional development opportunities: including support and training tailored towards your goals, and extensive opportunities for supervision



  • Approved degree in Occupational Therapy recognised for membership of ‘OT Australia - Australian Association of Occupational Therapists' and registered as an Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Specialist training and/or postgraduate qualifications in a clinical or forensic field is desirable.


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.


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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