Caseworker Student Campaign – New England

Are you a Social Work or Psychology student nearing completion of your degree? Do you have a willingness to work with Aboriginal children, families, and communities? Would you like a career with real development opportunities, attractive benefits and support?

Sound like you? Then apply now for a Caseworker opportunity at DCJ and join us upon your degree completion!

We are recruiting for upcoming opportunities in New England.

We have Community Service Centres in Moree, Inverell, Glen Innes, Narrabri, Muswellbrook, Tamworth and Armidale.

About your new role

As a Child Protection Caseworker, you will be responding to reports about a child or young person who may have been harmed or where there are safety concerns.

You will work sensitively and respectfully with parents, family members, the child or young person, and a range of other services, to develop safety plans and undertake risk assessments. A caseworker’s first priority is always the safety, welfare and wellbeing of the child or young person.

Why work for us?

Part of The Department of Communities and Justice, Community Services is the largest child protection organisation in Australia and offers competitive benefits and opportunities:

  • Salary from $72,635 to $100,356 + super
  • Tailored caseworker training
  • Ongoing professional development and career advancement opportunities
  • Generous leave entitlements including flex leave
  • Diverse and inclusive organisation
  • Relocation assistance maybe considered on a case by case basis

Click here to find out more about the role.

About you

You will be dedicated to working collaboratively with Aboriginal children, families and communities and:

  • be nearing the completion of your Social Work of Psychology degree
  • have a valid driver’s licence
  • have a NSW Working with Children clearance number

We value a diverse and inclusive workplace

We actively promote the employment of women, people with a disability, Aboriginal people, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

It is an essential requirement of the role that successful applicants will have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 25 October 2021 and their second dose by 17 January 2022.

If you need an adjustment in the recruitment process, please call or email the contact person listed below, and also advise us of your preferred method of communication.

Contact: For any recruitment enquiries please email us at CaseworkerCareers@facs.nsw.gov.au

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

What are the benefits of living and working in the New England region?

  • Being a regional Caseworker gives you the opportunity to develop stronger relationships with clients and community partners, undertake more varied work, and gain access to increased opportunities to extend your knowledge and skills across a range of casework areas and build your professional networks (this will be great for both your resume and your professional development!)
  • The New England area is peak-hour free, pollution-free and a great place to find your ultimate work-life balance. To discover what regional NSW has to offer including relocation advice and support, real estate information, employment opportunities and more, visit CountryNSW.com.au.
  • More spacious and affordable housing options with room for family and friends to visit and a lower cost of living.
  • Support with relocating may be considered.

Where can I get more information about the locations of these opportunities?

Glen Innes CSC:

Glen Innes CSC is on the country of the Ngoorabul people and the land of the Glen Innes Local Land Council.  Due to its high altitude, Glen Innes offers one of the coolest climates outside of the Snowy Mountains.  Glen Innes is also nicknamed “Gemstone Country” because of the sapphires and other gems that have been discovered here.  It is a captivating rural town with an annual Australian Celtic Festival with the famous Standing Stones paying tribute to its Celtic heritage.  And for those aspiring writers, there is the annual High Country Writers Festival held this year in October.

Inverell CSC:

Inverell CSC is on the country of the Gamilaroi nation beside the Macintyre River of NSW.

Renowned for the production of many fine gemstones, Inverell has earned the name of ‘Sapphire City’ and hosts an annual 10 day Inverell Sapphire City Festival. Inverell is a great place to get outdoors in the Kwiambal National Park with bushwalking tracks, mountain bike trails, fishing and camping.

Moree CSC:

If you have ever wanted to gain experience working in collaboration with a strong Aboriginal community and learn from Aboriginal colleagues this could be the opportunity you have been looking for. Moree is located in the beautiful Gwydir Valley and is on Kamilaroi/Gomeroi Country, the second largest nation on the east coast of Australia.  It is a town rich in culture, history and agriculture, and is famous for its hot artesian springs at places like the Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre where you can discover the therapeutic benefits of soaking in naturally sourced mineral-rich hot springs from deep inside the Great Artesian Basin. Moree has direct flights to Sydney and the Moree XPLORER runs daily from Sydney to Moree.

In addition, employees who work in the Moree CSC may be entitled to an additional week of recreation (annual) leave and also a Remote Area Living Allowance.

Tamworth CSC:

Tamworth CSC is on the land of the Kamilaroi people, one of the four largest Aboriginal nations in Australia. Tamworth is the country music capital, with the annual Tamworth Country Music festival and a multitude of events throughout the year. Tamworth is also home to spectacular national parks where you can head bushwalking, camping, fishing and canoeing by the Namoi River and the Chaffey Dam. And if you are a foodie, the annual Taste Tamworth festival runs for 10 days every year in April.

Narrabri CSC:

Narrabri CSC is on the land of the Kamilaroi people.   It is also a great base for outdoor adventure being based next to Mount Kaputar and the Namoi Valley and is home of the CSIRO’s world-leading Paul Wild Observatory.  Narrabri is also known for high quality wheat, lamb, beef and is the centre of a major cotton-growing industry.

Armidale CSC:

Armidale CSC is on the country of the Anaiwan people and the land of the Armidale Local Aboriginal Land Council. Armidale is also fast becoming known as a wine and foodie destination with local produce showcased at the Farmers Markets and annual food festivals.  The region is dotted with waterfalls, deep gorges, rivers, ancient rainforest and abundant wildlife. Armidale is also known as a university town, being the home of the University of New England with other universities and TAFE campuses in town. Armidale has a population of over 30,000 with education and training, health and social services and agriculture being the three largest employers.

Muswellbrook CSC:

The Muswellbrook CSC is located on the land of the Wanaruah and the Kamilaroi peoples in the Upper Hunter Valley. It is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, champion thoroughbred horse studs and national parks. Muswellbrook is renowned for its high quality food and wine with its annual Wine and Food Affair every May.