CPP5.2 Practice Leader - Navigator, Child Protection Mildura

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.

We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated. All jobs can be worked flexibly, and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. .

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Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Work Type: Ongoing - part time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: CPP 5.2
Work Location: Mildura - Mallee area
Reference: VG/DFFH/ND/636817
Closing Date: 05-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $114,830 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: CPP5.2 CP Practice Leader, Navigator PD January 2023.docx (Word, 105KB)
Job Specification

CPP5.2 CP Practice Leader, Navigator PD January 2023.pdf (PDF, 163KB)
Job Specification

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Contact: Julie Pye
(03) 5032 0120 or Julie.Pye@dffh.vic.gov.au

Position Details


In the context of a whole of community approach, Child Protection Practice Leaders have a specific statutory role in protecting children and young people from harm and promoting their rights and healthy development.

The Child Protection Navigator is a Practice Leader Position dedicated to the Family Preservation and Reunification Response. The Child Protection Navigator supports activation of the Response and right time, with the right people and in the right place to promote and protect the rights and best interests of children and young people. The Child Protection Navigator will model and enhance trauma informed, culturally safe and responsive practice that is child and family centred, relational and evidence-informed and integrated to improve outcomes of child safety, wellbeing, and development.

The Child Protection Navigator provides a unique opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of vulnerable children.  


5.1        Model leadership in a range of areas including expert knowledge of legislation, policy and procedure, the application of the Best Interest Case Practice Model and the ability to think critically and analytically to achieve best outcomes for children and families.

5.2        Carry a caseload (allocated or co-allocated) commensurate with their other duties, with a focus on high risk and complex cases.

5.3        Implement reflective practice and other staff development strategies for child protection practitioners, as well as practitioners in the Support and Safety Hub for their area. This may include establishing and/or maintaining a local consultative panel for the Support and Safety Hub and/or Integrated Family Services and Specialist Family Violence Services (men's and women's).

5.4        Works collaboratively with the Team Manager and Senior Child Protection Practitioner/s to strengthen case practice, provide effective service delivery and to support other practitioners.


External applicants relocating to a regional area could be eligible for up to $20,500 worth of incentives.  Internal applicants relocating to a regional area could be eligible for up to $15,500 worth of incentives.  If you live and work in an area classified as ‘remote' by the Australian Tax Office, you may also be eligible for additional salary packaging arrangements, such as mortgage interest, rental costs, and residential utilities. 


The department may require its employees to be fully vaccinated against preventable diseases such as the current coronavirus (COVID-19). The department's COVID-19 Vaccination requirements policy(Word) outlines the requirements for existing employees, other workplace participants and prospective employees. Please read in full prior to applying.


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) <https://jse.vic.gov.au/user/login?destination=/new-home-page> 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.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (www.dffh.vic.gov.au/jobs)

Please apply to submit your interest in this position.

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