Kalgoorlie, part of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, is a city in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, located 595 kilometres east-northeast of Perth. The name Kalgoorlie is derived from the Aboriginal word Karlkurla (pronounced "gull-gurl-la") which means 'silky pear'. The town is Australia's largest outback town with a population of over 33,000 people.
Kalgoorlie has a semi-arid climate with hot summers and mild winters. The average annual rainfall is 260mm. January is the hottest month with an average maximum temperature of 33.6 °C, but temperatures above 40.0 °C occur nearly once a week when hot, dry, north to northeasterly winds arrive. By contrast, winters are cool, with July average maximum and minimum temperatures being 16.5 °C and 4.8 °C, respectively. Cold, wet days with a maximum below 12.0 °C occur about once every winter.
Kalgoorlie is well known for its mining industry, it is the largest employment sector in the Goldfields, providing employment to an estimated 5800 people in the region. Apart from the thriving local industries, Kalgoorlie also offers numerous social and sporting clubs from lawn bowls, golf, football and tennis.
Working for the Department for Child Protection and Family Support in Kalgoorlie
There are approximately 50 people based in the Kalgoorlie District office. It is a diverse office with a combination of staff that was born and/or raised in the area and staff who have moved to the area to take up a position with the Department. The district office has a focus on attracting Aboriginal staff, particularly local Aboriginal people, to ensure the services and support offered to children and families are culturally responsive. The culture in the office is collaborative, and staff provides mutual support to each other on both a professional and personal level.