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CPP5.1 Senior Child Protection Practitioner (Non-Supervisory) - Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO)

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. .

If you’re having any trouble viewing this ad and would like it or any attachments in an accessible format (such as large print), please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on the ad.

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)

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Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: CPP 5.1
Work Location: Ballarat - Central Highlands
Reference: VG/DFFH/WWD/520901A
Closing Date: 23-Mar-2023
Salary Range: $105,479 - $116,550
Job Duration: 30/06/2023
Attachments: 520901 CPP 5 ACCO PD 8.03.23.pdf (PDF, 504KB)
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520901 CPP 5 ACCO PD 8.03.23.docx (Word, 624KB)
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Contact: Leah Sherlock
0447 320 784 or leah.sherlock@dffh.vic.gov.au

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In the context of a whole of community approach, Senior Child Protection Practitioners have a specific statutory role in protection children and young people from harm and promoting their rights and healthy development. Focus will be to support the transition of Aboriginal clients to the case management of an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation(s).

The Senior Child Protection Practitioner (non-supervisory) is responsible for supporting and developing Child Protection Practitioners in the integration of theory and practice whilst demonstrating their expertise through case practice, working collaboratively with the Team Manager to strength case practice, provide effective service delivery and support other practitioners. The Senior Child Protection Practitioner (non-supervisory) may be responsible for receiving and assessing reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people, undertaking investigations, and developing plans to bring about the changes necessary to ensure the safety, stability and development of children and young people and to promote the achievement of case plan objectives within specified timeframes This may include taking matters to court. The Senior Child Protection Practitioner (non-supervisory) maintains a full case load, is a senior member of the team and works collaboratively with the Team Manager to provide effective service delivery and support to other practitioners.


  • Work collaboratively with the Team Manager and Practice Leader to strengthen case practice, to provide effective service delivery and to support and develop child protection practitioners in the integration of theory and practice.
  • Model leadership in a range of areas including 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.
  • Carry a caseload that is commensurate with other duties.

Please open the position description to read more.


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.


The Equal Opportunity Act 2010, provides for lawful 'Special Measure' provisions, therefore the following has been applied to this role. 

This is a Prioritised role – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are encouraged to apply. The department will give you priority consideration


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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