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Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner

Organisation : The Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO)

Location : Melbourne (Richmond)

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Community Services, Healthcare & Medical, Social & Support Work

Sector : Community Support Services, Families, Mental Health

Salary type : Annual Package

About the role

As a Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner (Senior BSP) at ACSO you will be providing frontline services to clients with multiple and complex needs, specifically with intellectual disabilities, mental health conditions and offending behaviour backgrounds or behaviours of concern. This role will have an important impact on increasing both client and staff’s understanding of client’s needs, capacity for change and how to intervene and support accordingly. This will include assessing client’s baseline of need, developing goals for attainment and developing plans for transition. This role will also be involved in the development and delivery of training across the organisation and to external providers.

What we’re looking for

  • Approved degree in Occupational Therapy recognised for membership of OT Australia – Australian Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Current registration with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency)
  • To have a solid conceptual understanding of the theories of occupational performance, including the Model of Human Occupation and be committed to understanding and improving client functioning through formal assessment and interventions using recognised occupational therapy models of intervention.
  • Ability to undertake and interpret standardised and non-standardised Occupational Therapy assessment of patients with severe mental illnesses who have offended.
  • Experience working with clients with complex presentations, including intellectual disability, mental health and offending behaviour
  • Understanding of the criminal justice system
  • Understanding of the NDIS
  • Experience in the use of functional behaviour assessments, sensory assessments, adaptive behaviour and daily living skills assessments, and it is desirable if you have experience in forensic risk assessment.
  • Experience creating and/or facilitating skills-based group programs.
  • You will be required to have a sound knowledge and understanding of best practice principles to assess the risk and functional needs of ACSO’s complex client group and develop plans and programs to address these needs.


What ACSO can offer you

  • Full time permanent position available. Richmond location!
  • Generous base salary + 9.5 % superannuation + NFP salary packaging options (more after tax $ in your pocket!)
  • Paid parental leave
  • 17.5% annual leave loading
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Wellbeing initiatives such as free flu vaccines, Employee Assistance Program and Reward and Recognition Program
  • Flexible working arrangements

About the organisation

Organisation Name : The Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO)

The Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) is a vibrant, values driven NFP, focused on partnering with Government and the community to co-design services that create real social change. We are an organisation with a bold vision to create a safe and inclusive community where prison truly is the last resort. Our purpose is to strengthen the wellbeing of our communities by advocating for and delivering services which divert people away from the justice system.

The Australian Community Support Organisation recognises the right to a safe and inclusive service without bias. ACSO is committed to the equitable treatment of its participants, employees and partners. We believe in humanity and celebrat ing the diverse voices of our community through leadership, practice and policy design, to honour and embrace diverse traditions, cultures and experiences of those we support and work alongside.

How to apply

Please note, as ACSO is an NDIS provider, the successful candidate must hold an NDIS Worker Screening Check Clearance before they commence employment in this position.

To apply and view the position description (PD), please visit our careers website and provide a copy of your resume, a brief covering letter and a document outlining responses to the selection criteria found in the PD.

The Australian Community Support Organisation embraces diversity within its workforce and encourages applications from appropriately qualified and skilled people regardless of their background. All suitable applicants for this role will be considered regardless of age, ability, race, gender expression, sex, cultural background, spiritual beliefs or lived experience. ACSO proudly acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australia’s first peoples and pay respect to their rich culture, lores, customs and elders past and present. We strongly embrace the spirit of reconciliation and continue working towards ensuring an equal voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, particularly those who have been touched by the justice system.

Please contact Lauren Carter, Senior Manager – Clinical Services, on 0428 399 898 to learn more about this position.


Please quote in application: Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner via Pro Bono Australia.



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