Bunbury, located on the traditional lands of the Noongar people, is about 180km south of Perth in the Geographe Region. It is one of the fastest growing regional cities in Australia and is Western Australia’s third largest city - with its estimated population of 35,000 steadily growing at an annual rate of two percent.
Bunbury has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and slightly cooler wet winters. The daily forecast is greatly influenced by sea and land breezes, and temperatures vary between a hot summer (low 40s) to cool autumn and spring, and cold, rainy winters (with average temperatures around 10 degrees). It’s often known as the city of three waters, given its sublime location surrounded on three sides by Koombana Bay, Indian Ocean and Leschenault Inlet.
The city is a two hour drive from Perth, and is also accessible by train, coach or chartered flights.
As the gateway to WA’s South West region, Bunbury offers a cosmopolitan way of life, combining the area’s natural beauty with restaurants, nightlife and shopping. Residents get the best of both worlds: it’s big enough to feel anonymous, but still small enough for a community spirit to thrive, and provides plenty of variety without the hustle and bustle of the city.
Working for the Department for Child Protection and Family Support in Bunbury
The Department’s Bunbury office has approximately 60 employees and is a part of the South West District. The office prides itself on providing a high level of collegial support and knowledge sharing. Like other Western Australian communities, Bunbury experiences social issues in the community such as methamphetamine and alcohol misuse, child abuse and poverty, which means child protection work is varied and complex. A strong working relationship with the wider community is maintained, and the team has strong partnerships with local schools, police and healthcare providers. Newcomers are given lots of support to transition to life in the city and workplace.