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Family Violence Counsellor

Organisation : cohealth via BigSplash

Location : Melbourne (Footscray)

Work Type : Various

Profession : Social & Support Work

Sector : Community Support Services, Families, Health – General

Salary Type : Annual Package

Application Closing Date : 21 Nov, 2018

About the Role

  • Part-time 0.6 EFT – 1.0 EFT negotiable
  • Footscray Better Health Team


The Benefits:

Working as part of cohealth you will enjoy a values based organisation with benefits including:

  • Enjoy Not for Profit generous salary packaging options, which can significantly increase the value of take-home pay and reduce your taxable income
  • Role diversity and internal career progression opportunities
  • A supportive, flexible and autonomous work environment


About You:

Empathy is second nature to you, and you are compassionate toward vulnerable individuals. You have a welcoming disposition that renders you capable of respectful professional relationships. Ideally you will have a minimum of 2+ years previous experience within a similar position working with victim survivors of family violence. Knowledge of support services within the Western suburbs of Melbourne available to victim survivors of family violence is desirable. You will also hold a degree in social work, and/or counselling or equivalent with eligibility for membership of AASW.

We’re currently seeking motivated and enthusiastic Family Violence Counsellors to work within our team. This role provides a crucial response to the psycho-social/mental health needs of clients in collaboration with other cohealth services, providing support to women through therapeutic counselling and advocacy.

Your daily duties will be varied however, will consist of:

  • Counselling services to women experiencing or who have experienced family violence within a framework that acknowledges the gendered nature of family violence;
  • Casework, referral and advocacy to clients particularly where this would enhance the therapeutic work and/or where other services are not available;
  • Provide group work, outreach, and secondary consultation and participate in projects and evaluation as required; and
  • Afford ethical, flexible, professional goal-directed and client-centred counselling services within a systems approach.


If you are a hard-working, reliable individual who enjoys interacting with the community and genuinely making a difference, please apply.

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : cohealth via BigSplash

Who is cohealth?

For more information about cohealth and the services provided, please visit our website: www.cohealth.org.au

Apply for this Job

This position will be paid under the Community Health Centre (Stand Alone Services) Social and Community Service Employees Multi Enterprise Agreement 2013 - 2015, Social Worker, Class 2, Year 3 (SCHADS Level 5)

To be considered for the role, you're required to provide a CV demonstrating your skills and experience relevant to the position description, along with a cover letter that answers these questions:

  • Why are you applying for this job? (Suggested word limit: 200 words)

  • What skills and experience do you bring to this role? (Suggested word limit: 300 words)

  • What do you see as the causes of family violence against women and children? (Suggested word limit: 300 words)

  • What is your understanding of the effects or impacts of family violence on women and children? (Suggested word limit: 300 words)

Applications close on 21st November @ 10.00pm

People accepting employment with cohealth are unable to access our services, some exemptions may apply.

Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

The suitable applicant will be subject to the relevant pre-employment checks for appointment to positions (including provision of a valid Working with Children Check clearance number and criminal record history check)

Please quote in application: Family Violence Counsellor via Pro Bono Australia.


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