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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Counsellor

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Organisation : Relationships Australia Canberra & Region

Location : Australian Capital Territory (Canberra)

Work Type : Part-time

Sector : Community Development, Community Support Services, Families, Mental Health

Salary Type : Annual Package

Salary : $76,956.26 to $81,997.35 plus superannuation for full time position

Application Closing Date : 17 Sep, 2018

About the Role

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Counsellor is an ongoing, part time (5 days, 37.5 hours a fortnight) position based in Deakin, ACT.

Reporting to the Dhunlung Yarra Unit Team Leader, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Counsellor is expected to provide counselling to couples, individuals and families who are seeking improved relationships, or resolution of relationship difficulties.

To be successful in this role, you should be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent and possess:

  • Appropriate training, qualification and/or professional experience in social work, psychology or counselling including a minimum of 4 years’ experience working directly with clients
  • An understanding of the complexities of trauma and grief and loss that impacts the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and an ability to demonstrate, or willingness to learn, a broad  theoretical approach to relationship counselling.
  • A demonstrated understanding of practice frameworks within a cultural context applicable to family and domestic violence. 

For a full list of selection criteria, please refer to the position description on our website.

Salary & Benefits

The salary on offer is in the range of $76,956.26 to $81,997.35 plus superannuation for full time position. As a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI), RACR employees also receive tax-effective salary packaging opportunities, thus significantly increasing the value of your take-home pay.

According to the RACR Enterprise Agreement, the successful candidate will have access to generous leave provisions, annual leave loading, special paid leave during annual holiday shutdown period and flexible working arrangements.

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : Relationships Australia Canberra & Region

Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. We aim to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships. We are a community-based, not-for-profit Australian organisation with no religious affiliations. Our services are for all members of the community, regardless of religious belief, age, gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle choice, cultural background or economic circumstances.


Relationships Australia offer services in various locations around Australia that includes counselling, family dispute resolution (mediation) and a range of family and community support and education programs, primarily funded by Federal, State and Territory Governments. Relationships Australia Canberra & Region (RACR) is one of the eight state and territory organisations that comprise the Relationships Australia Federation.


RACR is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on any grounds. We have voluntarily opted to be subject to the obligations of a public authority under Part 5A of the Human Rights Amendment Act 2008 (ACT). This means that all staff must comply with human rights, as far as possible to do so, in all our decisions and conduct.


The Dhunlung  Yarra Unit  is  a  dedicated  Aboriginal  and  Torres  Strait  Islander  therapeutic  service  staffed  by  Aboriginal  and Torres Strait Islander professionals.  Members  of  the  team  work  across  a  range  of  programs to  deliver  a  range  of  culturally  appropriate  services,  including  counselling, family dispute resolution and other relationship support services.

Apply for this Job

For details concerning this role, please contact

Dhunlung Yarra Unit Team Leader

Phone : 02 6122 7100

Email : careers@racr.relationships.org.au

Applications not allowed for this job listing.


Please quote in application: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Counsellor via Pro Bono Australia.


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