Child Protection Practitioner - Outer Gippsland

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) works hard to create equal opportunities for all Victorians to live a safe, respected and valued life.

Our areas of focus are child protection, housing, disability, the prevention of family violence, multicultural affairs, LGBTQI+ equality, veterans, women and youth. The work we do benefits thousands of Victorians, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.

We work in a variety of community-based settings, including people's homes, residential facilities and secure settings across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

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Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: CPP3
Work Location: Gippsland - East Gippsland
Closing Date: 31-Jan-2024
Salary Range: $74,580 - $90,558
Job Duration: N/A
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Contact: Elishia Mitchell or (03) 9500 4830

Position Details


CPP3 Child Protection Practitioner - Outer Gippsland

About the opportunity

Joining the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) as a Child Protection Practitioner (CPP3) is the first step in a rewarding career where you will personally be making a significant improvement to the quality of life for some of Victorian's most at-risk children.

Multiple opportunities exist for Child Protection Practitioners to join our team in the Outer Gippsland area, working in Sale and Bairnsdale, two major commercial centres in East Gippsland. The area provides access to the world-famous Gippsland lakes region and is an ideal location for those looking for a sea or tree-change.

Relocation packages are available for those looking to move to Sale or Bairnsdale to take up one of our exciting opportunities. Packages are valued up to $17,500 and can also include up to 28 nights accommodation and additional financial supports to cover the cost of relocation. To find out more about relocating to Gippsland please contact Elishia Mitchell, (03) 9500 4830 or


In this role you will work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. Key responsibilities include: 

  • Assessing children and young people in need of protection
  • Conducting risk assessments and investigations
  • Working collaboratively with families, community services organisations and other professionals to develop and implement effective plans for children
  • Managing cases, problem solving and presenting matters to the Children's Court of Victoria as required.
  • Working collaboratively with the Team Manager and supporting other practitioners.

Benefits of a career in Child Protection

You can find out more about the benefits of a career in Child Protection here, which include;

  • Secure employment and career growth opportunities
  • Competitive salary, with salary packaging available and 11% superannuation
  • Work-life-balance is supported through flexible working hours, start and finish times and the ability to purchase additional leave
  • Generous leave entitlements, including an additional five days of paid annual leave after 12 months of service

About you

To be a Child Protection Practitioner you will hold;

  • A recognised Social Work degree or a similar welfare or behavioural related degree
  • A valid driver's license
  • A current Working with Children Check (WWCC) card

To discuss any of these opportunities please contact Elishia Mitchell, (03) 9500 4830 or

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..


Applicants are required to submit an online application which includes 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.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (

Please apply to submit your interest in this position.

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