Port Hedland is located on the Pilbara Coast, 1765km north-west of Perth, 242km from Karratha and 612km from Broome. It has a rich cultural history and identity. Port Hedland is also the world's largest bulk tonnage export port, exporting 372.3 million tons per annum.
The population of Port Hedland today is approximately 16,000 and is growing. Port Hedland is home to over 72 different nationalities and cultural backgrounds, providing a rich social experience combined with a laidback lifestyle to its residents.
Port Hedland is warm all year round, with a semi-arid climate. November to April temperatures reach the high 30s, with humidity, rainfall and possible cyclones. Most residents live in the South Hedland suburb where there are a variety of pubs, clubs and restaurants, plus sports, recreation and shopping facilities and the beach and town centre is just a short drive away.
Working for the Department for Child Protection and Family Support in Port Hedland
The Port Hedland office is one of six Department for Child Protection and Family Support offices in the Pilbara. The Department’s work in Port Hedland can be very challenging at times, however, the culture in the office is one of teamwork and mutual support, and also offers a great sense of camaraderie to all, not just individual teams. The work is rewarding, and there may be opportunities for career progression. Many staff members begin their careers in the district and end up staying for many years.
As a member of the team, your day to day work will be highly varied. You may find yourself out on the road visiting one of the Aboriginal communities, attending court or the hospital, supervising contact between a child and their carers, or participating in meetings with other government agencies. Additionally there is a unique opportunity to work with a client base of Aboriginal people who speak English as a second or third language, representing a number of different language groups.