NSW Government Hunter New England Local Health District

Employment Type: Temporary Part Time until September 2024
Position Classification: Social Worker Lvl 3
Remuneration: $54.77 – $56.54 per hour + super + salary packaging
Location: Tamworth Community Health Service
Hours Per Week: 16
Requisition ID: REQ453601
Applications Close: Sunday, 21 January 2024

About the role:

  • In this position you will provide trauma specific services for children, young people and their families/carers who have been exposed to violence, abuse or neglect.
  • Within the role you will provide assessment, therapeutic intervention, case co-ordination, advocacy, professional consultation and education with the overarching purpose of working toward the recovery and ongoing safety and wellbeing of children and young people involved in the child protection system. The approach taken will be dependent upon the individual needs of the child and family, with a strong focus enhancing the capacity of parents and carers develop their skills in meeting the safety, welfare and wellbeing needs of children and young people.
  • The Child Protection Counselling Service provides services to children, young people and families in relation to violence, abuse and neglect to assist them to recover and support them to achieve safety, security and permanency in their living environment.

Where you’ll be working:

  • The Child Protection Counselling Service (CPCS) sits within the Tamworth Community Health Service, Child and Family Allied Health Team which is a large collaborative multidisciplinary team primarily supporting children 0-18 years of age.
  • CPCS works in close partnership with Violence Abuse and Neglect services including the joint Child Protection Response Program, Sexual Assault Services and Problematic and Harmful Sexualised Behaviours for children under 10.
  • You will be operationally supported by Manager Child and Family Allied Health Team and receive clinical support from the Violence Abuse and Neglect (VAN) Clinical Coordinator (Peel, Mehi, Tablelands Sectors).
  • You will be supported to access Mandatory training through the Education Centre Against Violence; receive clinical supervision as per the HNELHD clinical supervision policy, attend VAN clinical stream and education meetings; and supported to link with the Northern Profession Lead for discipline networking and support.

About You:

  • As a Child Protection Counsellor, you will have a strong understanding of trauma informed care and understand the potential long term health impacts for people who have experienced violence, abuse and neglect.
  • You will have strong skills in conducting psycho-social and risk assessments, safety and intervention planning and applying a range on therapeutic models in practice with clients.
  • You will be effective in working collaboratively with external services and internal health services to ensure the holistic needs of the child, young person and family are met.
  • You will have a solid ability to provide culturally safe and competent services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people referred to the service and people cultural and linguistically diverse communities.
  • Highly developed skills in report writing are an additional skill you will bring to this role.


  • Four weeks annual leave (pro-rata for part-time employees).
  • Superannuation contributions 11%
  • Salary packaging – Up to $9k for living expenses + $2.6k meal & entertainment + Novated leasing.
  • Fitness Passport
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for staff and family members


  • Tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, or appropriate Bachelor of Counselling degree and registration and/or eligibility for membership to the appropriate professional body.

Additional information:

  • An eligibility list will be created for future temporary part time vacancies.
  • To be eligible for employment in this position you must be an Australian Citizen, or permanent resident of Australia, or a New Zealand citizen with a current New Zealand Passport, or hold an appropriate visa that allows you to live and work in Australia. Employment of a temporary visa holder will only be offered in line with the conditions and expiry date of your visa.
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For role related queries or questions contact Jodie Peace on Jodie.Peace@health.nsw.gov.au

Information for Applicants:
Applicants will be assessed against the essential requirements and selection criteria contained within the position description (link below). For assistance addressing selection criteria visit: https://bit.ly/3vL5fq2

Stepping Up Website is a resource designed to help indigenous job applicants apply for positions in NSW Health. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/HNEHealthSteppingUp.

This is a Category A position. Recommended applicants will be reviewed for compliance with NSW Health policy directive PD2023_022: Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specific Diseases for Category A positions prior to offer. All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in the policy.

All NSW Health workers are required to have completed a primary course of a COVID-19 vaccine which has been approved or recognised by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). New applicants must have completed the vaccination course prior to commencement with NSW Health or provide an approved medical contraindication certificate (AIR Immunisation History Statement) certifying the worker cannot have any approved COVID-19 vaccines available in NSW.

Acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement (IHS), or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate, or AIR COVID-19 and Influenza IHS. Booster doses are highly recommended for all health care workers who have completed the primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Salary Packaging: is beneficial to most HNELHD employees and may increase your take-home pay! Salary package a range of personal expenses including novated motor vehicle leases, relocation expenses, and HECS/HELP debt. Find out more by contacting SalaryPackagingPLUS! via nswhealth@salarypackagingplus.com.au or 1300 40 25 23.

HNE Health employees may be eligible for a range of benefits such as allocated days off (ADO) for full time employees, long service leave, paid maternity leave, and salary packaging options including meal expenses.

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