Psychologist /Specialist Psychologist

Temporary Full Time

Orange and Bathurst Locations 

Community Services

Department of Communities and Justice

About us 

The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) commenced on 1 July 2019 and is the lead agency which forms the Stronger Communities Cluster. The new department brought together the former departments of Family and Community Services (FACS) and Justice.

We provide services to better work together to support everyone’s right to access justice and other help for families, and promote early intervention and inclusion, with benefits for the whole community.

Stronger Communities brings all government services targeted at achieving safe, just, inclusive and resilient communities under one roof.

To learn more, click here.

About the role/ About the Opportunity

Part of the Department of Communities and Justice, Psychological & Specialist Services are responsible for delivering trauma informed, evidence based assessment and interventions for children, young people and families ensuring they have the best possible outcomes.

If you are a motivated team player, resilient in challenging situations, committed to evidence-based practice and bringing about change in vulnerable children’s lives, we encourage you to apply. The role is open to psychologists with general registration, registered psychologists with endorsements and those who are provisionally (or able to be) registered.

About the role:

  • Specialises in trauma informed therapeutic assessment and intervention
  • Based on assessment and formulation, develops and implements treatment plans for children, young people, families and carers
  • Equips staff through training and reflective practice sessions
  • Provides  specialist consultation to guide casework practice

This is a full time temporary role in accordance with the Government Sector Employment Act 2013.

A talent pool will be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months.

What we can offer you/Benefits

  • Location: Orange
  • Salary range $ 68,288 pa – $119,666 pa plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • 4 weeks annual leave per year of service
  • Generous salary packaging options and other fringe benefits
  • Flexible work practices
  • Opportunities for continuing professional development and career progression

Essential Requirements

The Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 requires persons engaged in children related work to have Working with Children clearances (WWCC).  If successful you will be required to provide a WWCC number prior to commencing in the role. To obtain further information and to apply for a WWCC clearance. Please click here.

Appointments are subject to verification of AHPRA registration, referee checks and a National Criminal Record Check in accordance with DCJ policy and the Disability Inclusion Act 2014.

It is an essential requirement of the role that successful applicants will have had their first dose of the COVID vaccine by the 25th October and their second dose by 17 January  2022.

Requirements of the role:

  • General registration (or provisional registration) with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA).
  • Knowledge of theoretical and therapeutic frameworks that underpin assessment and intervention in the context of childhood trauma, the legal and ethical issues in providing psychological services, and trauma-informed intervention with caregivers.
  • Ability to administer, and an understanding of the reliability and validity, of standardised and non-standardised psychological tests, questionnaires and rating scales.
  • Scientist-practitioner approach to assessment, formulation and provision of evidence-based intervention to address the behavioural, emotional, cognitive, and attachment needs of the child or family.
  • An understanding of the application of psychological theory, assessment and intervention when working with Aboriginal children, young people and families.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, communication skills; both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work as a member of a specialised team and to provide regular reports to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently, and to prioritise workload
  •  A valid driver’s licence and be willing to travel within NSW.

How to apply

To apply candidates must attach a covering letter (2 pages maximum) which clearly details their skills and experience as relevant to this role together with a current resume.


To ensure recruitment at the Department of Communities and Justice continues without interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic, some interviews and assessments may be performed using alternative methods.

This may include video interviewing, telephone interviewing and online assessments. If you are successful following review of your application, you may need to perform assessments and/or interviews via online platforms using a PC, laptop or smart phone. By doing so, we will be adhering to the strict social distancing advice currently in place.

You may also be asked to complete a Health Declaration Form in later stages of the assessment process.

Find out more

Click here to view the role description.

For more information on how to apply for a role in the NSW Public Sector please click here

Please submit your application online including the information outlined above.

If you experience technical difficulties when submitting your application, please contact Ghislaine.Abel@facs.nsw.gov.au

Closing date:  22nd October @11.59pm

For enquiries:

If you are interested in applying, please contact

Gaylene Griffiths,

Manager Psychological & Specialist Services,

Murrumbidgee, Far West & Western NSW

P: 0484 269 420

E: gaylene.griffiths@facs.nsw.gov.au

Inclusion and Diversity lies at the heart of how we recruit

We continue to hire great people with a wide variety of skills, experience and backgrounds. This includes people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people identifying as LGBTIQ+ and other diversity groups.

If you require an adjustment within the recruitment process, please contact Ghislaine.Abel@facs.nsw.gov.au and advise us of your preferred method of communication.

If you are looking for more information about workplace adjustments at DCJ, please visit our Careers site.

Thank you for your interest in this role. We look forward to receiving your application.

  • Contract
  • Bathurst
  • Posted 1 week ago
  • 22-10-2021
  • Phone: 0484 269 420 
  • Contact: Gaylene Griffiths
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