Adoption & Permanent Care Worker (CYF-2), Adoption & Permanent Care (Rural)

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Job Details

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: CYF2
Work Location: Multiple Locations
Reference: VG/DHHS/EED/381394
Closing Date: 30-Sep-2018
Salary Range: $63,142 - $77,530
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 381394 Adoption & Permanent Care Officer CYF-2 Rural Sept2018 PD.doc (Word, 128KB)
Job Specification

381394 Adoption & Permanent Care Officer CYF-2 Rural Sept2018 PD.pdf (PDF, 345KB)
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Contact: Kerri Saron
03 5832 1524

Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 1

Office Location(s):
Negotiable in Rural (Shepparton, Seymour, Wangaratta, Wodonga)

Position Summary:

This is a great opportunity for someone interested in delivering advanced casework that supports infants and young children being adopted or placed with a permanent care family. This position includes assessment and training of families for adoption and permanent care, assessing and preparing children for placement, placement of children, and supporting families both before and after legalisation of their placements. 

The role supports permanent care parents to provide children with a family experience that promotes emotional wellbeing and enhances children's capacity to form meaningful relationships as adults.

Are you

  • Passionate about children and families and skilled at providing opportunities to build successful family relationships.
  • Empathetic and understanding regarding the long term impact of childhood trauma.
  • Prepared to positively contribute to achieve outcomes for children and families in a specialist team environment.


  • A recognised Social Work degree or a similar welfare or behavioural related degree which includes:

(a)    a primary focus on child development, human behaviour, family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma; and preferably

(b)    a practical component such as counselling or case work practice


  • A recognised Diploma of Community Services Work, or similar qualification which is studied over a minimum of two academic years of full-time study (or part time equivalent) and includes:

(a)     a primary focus on child development, human behaviour, family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma

(b)    supervised fieldwork placements (ideally completed within the child and family welfare sector) and at least one unit of study in case management, case work practice or counselling


  • A valid driver's licence.
  • A current Working with Children Check (WWCC) card.


How to Apply:

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note:

For this role, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review our Careers Page. This page provides information on the department's recruitment and safety screening processes.

Click 'Apply Now' below to submit your interest in this role.
For further information please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website:

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.

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