Senior Disability Practice Adviser, Children Youth and Families

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Job Details

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - Eastern Metro
Reference: VG/DHHS/EED/510444
Closing Date: 25-Sep-2018
Salary Range: $116,863 - $156,387
Job Duration: until 30/06/2019
Attachments: VPS6 Principal Disability Practice Advisor - 510444 Spetmeber 2018.doc (Word, 976KB)
Job Specification

VPS6 Principal Disability Practice Advisor - 510444 Spetmeber 2018.pdf (PDF, 291KB)
Job Specification

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Contact: Rebecca Fitzsimons

Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 1

Office Location(s): Box Hill
Position Summary:

The role is responsible for providing advice and support to care teams working with children and their families residing in or requiring a voluntary child care out-of-home care option. This will include the establishment and funding coordination of voluntary child care agreement (VCCA) placements when required . The Adviser will work with professionals, having contact with families in exceptional circumstances.

The Adviser will be required to negotiate with the NDIA, seeking maximised support for the child to remain or return home and/or for the child's accommodation, care and support. The Adviser will also educate and support child protection, family services and placement providers to undertake these negotiations as part of their ongoing roles.  The four roles across the four divisions will work closely together and with central office to streamline processes across the state and inform necessary policy amendments or developments for the future management of VCCAs.

Are you

  • a strong advocate with extensive experience in negotiating to maximise support  for children and young people?
  • experienced in disability services and out-of-home care?
  • a strategic thinker, interested in shaping future policy on voluntary child care agreements and out-of-home care across the state?


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.
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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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