Child Protection - Beginning to Senior level roles available

Job posted: 27/06/2024
Applications close: 30/09/2024 (Midnight)
77 days remaining

77 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Gippsland | Bairnsdale

Job type: Part time

Organisation: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Community Services



Occupation: Community Services

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Gippsland | Bairnsdale

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) works hard to create equal opportunities for all Victorians to live a safe, respected and valued life.

Our areas of focus are child protection, housing, disability, the prevention of family violence, multicultural affairs, LGBTQI+ equality, veterans, women and youth. The work we do benefits thousands of Victorians, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.

We work in a variety of community-based settings, including people's homes, residential facilities and secure settings across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated. All jobs can be worked flexibly, and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. .

If you’re having any trouble viewing this ad and would like it or any attachments in an accessible format (such as large print), please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on the ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (www.dffh.vic.gov.au/jobs)

Job Share Opportunity

Joining the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) Child Protection program means making a real change to the lives of others, keeping families safe and strong. The work of a child protection practitioner is complex, challenging, and rewarding. Practitioners need to have specialist child welfare knowledge and the ability to engage children, young people and their families.

We have roles available at all levels;

  • Child Protection Practitioner – CPP3, is the first step in a rewarding career

  • Advanced Child Protection Practitioner – CPP4, is an opportunity to consolidate and develop your practice

  • Senior Child Protection Practitioner – CPP5, is an opportunity to use your expertise to take the next step in your career

Outer Gippsland Area have job share opportunities for Child Protection Practitioners and this role is specifically for those who want to job share the one role and the workload of the role. We are ideally looking for someone who is available three (3) days per week (so that the job share partners can have one cross-over day to discuss urgent matters, obtain peer review on cases, etc.), but applications are still welcomed from those who are available to work less than three (3) days per week.

Some benefits of job share include but are not limited to:

  • Provides true flexibility to both job share partners without compromising business outcomes as it ensures coverage in a full-time role

  • Job sharers are more productive, with optimal matches increasing productivity by up to 30%

  • Job share partners report lower stress and fatigue, enjoy working genuinely part-time and sharing the responsibility load with a job share partner

  • Job share partners have the highest employee engagement results

  • Increased opportunities for collaboration leading to improved outcomes for clients

  • Enables a career path for those unable to work full-time due to caring responsibilities, medical conditions, or community commitments.

Job share may be of specific interest to:

  • people who are returning from extended leave (such as parental or illness)

  • people who might be transitioning to retirement or studying

  • people who might need to reinvigorate their joy for work by taking a break from full-time work (e.g., those experiencing or nudging towards burnout or rust-out, those experiencing stressful life circumstances, and those with increased caring responsibilities, etc)

  • people who have previously worked part-time in a similar role, but found they were expected to deliver on a full-time workload in part-time hours - the job share arrangement will protect you from this happening again

  • people who are just wanting to try working in a different way!

Job share is not for everyone! Job share partners will need to be willing to:

  • Commit – to making the arrangement work

  • Trust – that your job share partner is able to do the work on your non-work day

  • Communicate – openly and honestly with your job share partner and your manager and proactively address any concerns

  • Be a team player – appreciate that the whole is more valuable than the parts and that an equitable approach to work allocation will be adopted

  • Being super organised – especially in relation to being able to provide clear notes and advice on the work in progress in your handover notes

  • Respect your job share partner – even if you disagree with your job share partner's decision as you need to present a united front to avoid destabilising the team and undermining confidence in the job share arrangement

 ACCOUNTABILITIES INCLUDE Please open the position descriptions to read more.

External applicants relocating to a regional area could be eligible for up to $20,500 worth of incentives.  Internal applicants relocating to a regional area could be eligible for up to $15,500 worth of incentives.  If you live and work in an area classified as ‘remote' by the Australian Tax Office, you may also be eligible for additional salary packaging arrangements, such as mortgage interest, rental costs, and residential utilities. 

The department strongly recommends (but does not mandate) that employees maintain their COVID-19 vaccination status in accordance with current ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation) advice, given their individual circumstances. As of June 2023, DFFH does not require evidence of COVID-19 vaccination status.


All VPS employees (and ex-VPS employees with extended access to the Jobs and Skills Exchange website) MUST apply via the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) <https://jse.vic.gov.au/user/login?destination=/new-home-page> portal.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.
Applicants are required to submit a CV and Cover Letter (max 2 pages) outlining their suitability to the role in line with the Key Selection Criteria. Let us know why you are interested in the role and specifically the job share opportunity, along with the number of days per week that you want to work, any specific days of the week you are not available for work (e.g., the days of the week where childcare is not available for you or the days you have lectures/tutorials, etc), or whether your work days are flexible. 
Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process. 
Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (www.dffh.vic.gov.au/jobs)

Please apply to submit your interest in this position.

Child Protection - Beginning to Senior level roles available

Job type:

Part time

Job classification:

As per advertisement


Elishia Mitchell | Elishia.Mitchell@dffh.vic.gov.au

Child Protection - Beginning to Senior level roles available