An easygoing, multi cultural gateway to the Kimberley.
Broome is the gateway to the Kimberley, a coastal town 2,240kms north of Perth, located on the traditional lands of the Yawuru people. It is accessible via the Great Northern Highway, North West Coastal Highway or by air from most capital cities in Australia. Broome is a relatively ‘young’ town, with the average age of residents being in the 30s. Its population of 15,000 people is multicultural, and almost half of the community is Aboriginal.
Originally founded as a pearling port, Broome is now a lively tourist spot, famous for its 22km long Cable Beach and offering an easygoing, family-friendly place to call home. The area experiences two distinct seasons: December to April is wet season, with temperatures in the mid-30s, high humidity, rainy days and storms. May to November is dry season, where temperatures are normally in the high 20s to low 30s, with very little rain and low humidity.
The greater Kimberley region in which Broome sits is an area spanning 423,000 square kilometres with fewer people than almost any other place on earth. The West Kimberley has a diverse natural landscape with desert areas, gorges, sandy beaches, waterfalls, river valleys, caves and a mass of wildlife.
Working for the Department for Child Protection and Family Support in Broome
The Broome office employs more than 50 people, with a mix of both locals and staff who have moved to the area, all with different backgrounds, cultural ties and life skills that they can draw on. The district office focuses on attracting Aboriginal staff, particularly local Aboriginal people, to ensure the services and support offered to children and families are culturally responsive.
The office teams are collaborative, and provide mutual support to each other on a professional and personal level. The natural environment in Broome also provides a stunning backdrop for office celebrations and social activities throughout the year.