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Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, Rural After Hours Service, Shepparton/ Seymour (CPP4)

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 - part time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: CPP4
Work Location: Multiple Locations
Reference: VG/DFFH/COPL/704441
Closing Date: 08-Jun-2023
Salary Range: $91,418 - $103,725
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: CPP4AdvancedCPP(RAHS)PDFixedterm24.4.23.pdf (PDF, 206KB)
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Contact: Carla Klisby

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Rural After Hours Services (RAHS) teams are part of the After Hours Services (Statewide) service across the state.

Members of these teams conduct urgent rural area visits to respond to cases where existing and new Child Protection clients are at significant risk and require an urgent out of hours response. Practitioners conducting this response will consult with team managers throughout the outreach regarding key decisions.

In this team, you will enjoy a critical, fast-paced environment whilst working part-time hours during the day and on call during weeknights, weekends and public holidays.

The core function of the RAHS team is to:

  • respond to reports about children where there is concern that they are in need of protection
  • undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the immediate safety and wellbeing of children and young people
  • visit children or families in urgent cases where harm or likelihood of harm requires immediate Child Protection involvement
  • initiate and prepare matters for the Children's Court
  • work closely with other professionals such as police, family violence services, Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisations (ACCO) and medical professionals to share information and conduct a shared approach to risk.

As a member of this team you are eligible for a standby (on-call) allowance for each time period you are on standby, regardless of whether you are called out on an outreach visit, as well as additional overtime rates for hours worked when called out on outreach visits.


1.Risk assessment and analysis - gathers information through a variety of sources and technologies in order to identify, articulate, and plan for the risks relating to each situation. Applies a strong forensic lens, and professional judgement, to analyse the available evidence.

2. Case planning review and case management - draws insights from assessment and analysis to formulate a meaningful and effective case plan, and reviews case progress and outcomes. Co-ordinates and leads the planning, review, and management of casework within DFFH and across other agencies and services.

3. Critical enquiry - uses evidence-based frameworks to investigate issues and is able to understand the root cause of each issue as well as the potential implications.

Please open the position description to read more.


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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