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Trainee Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Counsellor

Organisation : Relationships Australia Canberra & Region

Location : Canberra (Deakin, ACT)

Work type : Full-time, Contract/Temporary

Profession : Community Services, Social & Support Work

Sector : Community Support Services, Disabilities, Mental Health

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $82,311.04 to $83,299.03 for full time plus superannuation and PBI benefits

Application closing date : 7 Mar, 2021

About the role

The Trainee Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Counsellor, DRCCS will provide support to individuals impacted by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.  Part of the role is to engage with communities raising awareness of the work of the Royal Commission, offering support and as qualified counselling.  

Relationships Australia is committed to supporting a Trainee Counsellor to complete a Diploma in Counselling through payment of course fees, study leave, clinical and cultural supervision, management, peer support and mentoring.

This is full time, fixed term, 12-month contract, based in Deakin, ACT.

To be successful in this role, you should possess:

  1. Being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  2. Knowledge, experience, understanding for assisting people with disability and their families.
  3. Developed written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to engage with, establish and maintain effective relationships with a diverse range of people, including family members, health professionals, educators, and stakeholders.
  4. Computer literate, with a sound knowledge of Microsoft office applications.


For a full list of selection criteria, please refer to the attached position description.


 Salary & Benefits

 The salary on offer is in the range of $82,311.04 to $83,299.03 per annum plus superannuation for full time. 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.

How to apply

To apply, please send your resume with names of two work related referees and a cover letter highlighting the strengths you can bring to the role in line with the selection criteria on the position description.

Applications should be submitted via the “Apply” button below.

Contact Details

For further information about the position or application process, please contact the Practice Manager, New Services on 02 6122 7100  or email

Closing date for applications:
Midnight on 7 March 2021

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


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