Our people make a difference in the community, and in the lives of children and families, every day. If you want to be part of this team, there are a number of career options available to you, some of which have specific qualification requirements.
Child Protection Workers, Senior Child Protection Workers and Team Leaders
Our Child Protection Workers, Senior Child Protection Workers and Team Leaders are classified as Specified Callings employees. This means that they require a specific qualification in order to be appointed to that specific role. For our staff, this means a university qualification in social work, psychology or other relevant human services area.
Specifically, we are looking for:
- Bachelor of Social Work
- Qualifying Masters of Social Work
- Bachelor of Psychology (4 years)
Other psychology degrees, and qualifications in other relevant services areas will also be considered.
If you are currently in high school, or a mature age person interested in studying, make contact with your preferred university to discuss admission requirements, and any prerequisites that may be needed for your course of study.
If you are looking to study a qualification in other relevant human services and may be interested to join the Department on graduation, check out the Department for Child Protection and Family Support Qualification Assessment Framework. This will help you gain an understanding as to what your qualification will be assessed against when you apply for Specified Callings positions.
Residential Care Services
Working in our residential care homes is another way in which you can have a significant impact on the lives of children and young people. Residential Care Workers and Secure Care Officers are entry level positions in our Residential Care Services team.
When considering a role as either a Residential Care Worker or a Secure Care Officer you will need:
- A Certificate III and/or Certificate IV in Community Services (Protective/Residential Care), or approved equivalent,
- Equivalent experience in working with or caring for troubled children and young people who have experienced trauma will also be suitable.
We can help you get there
The Department has a range of support options for our employees who are studying towards relevant degrees, including HECS-Help reimbursement, and study leave. An Aboriginal Cadetship is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are studying towards a relevant qualification for a Specified Callings role.