Senior Practice Adviser, Compulsory Treatment

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Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DFFH/COPL/375304
Closing Date: 25-Sep-2023
Salary Range: $105,479 - $127,621
Job Duration: to 30/06/2024
Attachments: 2023-09-11 375304 VPS5 Senior Practice Adviser - Compulsory Treatment .pdf (PDF, 122KB)
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Contact: Julie Daniell

Position Details


As a Senior Practice Adviser you will contribute to the implementation of legislative requirements in the Disability Act 2006 and oversight of state-based restrictive practices. A key role is to influence practice development through provisions under the Act which aim to safeguard the rights of persons whose behaviours pose significant risk of harm to others. You will represent the Senior Practitioner at VCAT and provide oversight of those individuals who are at risk of being subject to compulsory treatment or have transitioned from supervised treatment orders but remain subject to restrictive practices under behaviour support plans.

A critical role is promoting the application of contemporary practices in the area of forensic disability within the use of restrictive practices and compulsory treatment across Victorian Disability Services, including the two residential treatment facilities in Victoria.


  • Prepare and present, or contribute to, submissions to and represent the Senior Practitioner at VCAT, providing clinical advice on risk assessment, risk management and behaviour support issues to services supporting clients subject to compulsory treatment.
  • Review all treatment plans/behaviour support plans associated with clients subject to compulsory treatment in keeping with the requirements of the Disability Act 2006.
  • Provide oversight of the treatment plans for individuals subject to Custodial Supervision Orders under the Crimes Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried Act 1997 (CMIA) within the two Residential Treatment Facilities in Victoria.

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The department strongly recommends (but does not mandate) that employees maintain their COVID-19 vaccination status in accordance with current ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation) advice, given their individual circumstances. As of June 2023, DFFH does not require evidence of COVID-19 vaccination status.


All VPS employees (and ex-VPS employees with extended access to the Jobs and Skills Exchange website) MUST apply via the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) <> portal.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.
Applicants are required to submit a CV and Cover Letter (max 2 pages) outlining their suitability to the role in line with the Key Selection Criteria. 
Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process. 
Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

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