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Organisation : Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. (also known as Foundation House)

Location : Melbourne (Dallas)

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Children, Community Development, Families, Mental Health, Youth & Young People

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : Up to $87,517

Application closing date : 6 Nov, 2019

About the role

  • Committed to working with people who have suffered from human rights violations
  • Ongoing position, 2 vacancies
  • Full Time Position

We have 2 ongoing opportunities to work with clients at our Dallas office. You will provide counselling and advocacy to refugee background people assisting them to recover from experiences of torture and other traumatic events.

About the Opportunity 

We have 2 vacancies for Counsellor Advocate – Child, Youth, Adult and Family in our Dallas office initially for an ongoing Full Time Contract.

About the role

You’ll be responsible for delivering thorough psycho social assessment, counselling and advocacy services to clients within Integrated Trauma Recovery Model. Foundation House works with survivors of torture and trauma experiences in their countries of origin or part of their refugee journey. You will be working with people of various ethnic, religious, and life backgrounds. This will include working with refugees having permanent residence or citizenship in Australia, Temporary Protection Visa holders (TPV), Special Humanitarian, Enterprise Visa holders (SHEV), asylum seekers in community detention and those living in the community on Bridging Visas. Foundation House work involves intake, assessment and counselling work with clients while using professional interpreters.

The work involves significant outreach work particularly for Child, Youth, Adult and Family Counsellor/Advocate.  Some travel to other Foundation House sites and venues will be required for professional development and various meetings. Foundation House fleet vehicle will be provided for outreach work and as such it is a requirement of these roles that you have a valid driver’s licence. 

You will work in multidisciplinary, multicultural team committed to human rights and highly professional work with refugees and asylum seekers from very diverse backgrounds and torture and trauma experiences. 

Reporting to a Team Leader, you will be supported by highly skilled and qualified practitioners and receive regular supervision and valuable support.

About you

You will be degree qualified as a psychologist, social worker, and counsellor or similar and be able to demonstrate your experience providing therapeutic interventions, advocacy and risk assessment. With a demonstrated understanding of trauma informed practice models in working with adults and families, you will have applied a range of approaches and experience in supporting complex cases such as mental health, family violence, and substance abuse issues.


This role is well suited to candidates who are organised, client-focused and who can effectively manage tasks and deadlines while maintaining a high degree of self-awareness and professionalism. You will also demonstrate a positive, creative and collaborative approach to the delivery of these vital services. Previous experience in working or with Refugees and Asylum Seekers will be highly regarded.

Remuneration and Benefits

Remuneration is based on our Enterprise Agreement 2014 up to $87,517 gross per annum pro rata plus superannuation. Benefits include generous salary packaging, leave loading, a range of flexible working options and a highly supportive team environment.

VFST promotes the safety and well-being of children

VFST is an equal opportunity employer.

The right to live and work in Australia is an essential requirement of this role.


Applications for this position close 5:00PM 6 November, 2019.

To be considered for this role, you must attach a cover letter addressing the below Key Selection Criteria and your resume. The Position Description, can be downloaded from our website at

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Ability to undertake intake assessments, comprehensive psychosocial assessments and risk assessments.
  • Counselling skills for complex trauma in working with child, youth, adults and families.
  • Experience with advocating on behalf of refugees, asylum seekers, or other vulnerable clients with respect to a range of issues related to health, welfare, legal and government.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in partnerships and with service providers.
  • Previous work experience as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Knowledge in trauma, its psychosocial impact, and the suitable interventions using a trauma informed and systems based framework.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. (also known as Foundation House)

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Counsellor / Social Worker / Psychologist via Pro Bono Australia.



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