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Family Violence Policy and Governance Officer

Outstanding opportunity for a Family Violence Policy and Governance Officer to join the team in Better Place Australia.

  • Career location pin Cheltenham
  • Career location pin Full-time

Better Place Australia has a vision of “An Australia where all people experience positive relationships, truly value each other and live safer, more confident lives”. As a community-focused not-for-profit organisation with an ever-growing range of psychological and community support services,

Better Place Australia is taking a leadership role in the provision of high-quality, effective services for a wide range of community groups across 25 locations in Victoria. This is an opportunity to join our expanding team of highly experienced and passionate people who want to make Australia a better place.

The Role

Applications are now invited for the newly created role of Family Violence Policy and Governance Officer.  The appointee to this role will ensure Better Place’s approach to preventing and managing incidents of family violence is consistent with best practice.  A key focus will be on raising standards and capability to identify, prevent and manage incidents of family violence within the client groups across all programs and disciplines.  Specific work tasks will include:

  • Working with the Clinical Governance Committee, review and redevelopment of policies, procedures and guidelines in relation to how practitioners identify, prevent and manage incidents of family violence across all service areas
  • Making recommendations to the Clinical Governance Committee on ways to strengthen guidelines, policies and procedures for effective clinical supervision in relation to family violence
  • Introducing and supporting the application of sector reform strategies including but not limited to the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme and service delivery with Support and Safety Hubs (e.g. Orange Door)
  • Leading the roll out of the MARAM family violence tools and embedding these within current clinical practice guidelines
  • Developing staff capability to manage to family violence through the provision of training, resources and coaching
  • Provision of secondary consultations and expert advice to practitioners dealing with issues of family violence.

Required Qualifications and Experience

Prospective candidates must be tertiary qualified in a relevant discipline (ie: Psychology, Health and/or Social Work) and possess membership with the relevant professional peak body (AASW, AHPRA, ACA or PACFA).  Substantial experience working within a specialist family violence service provider is essential together with a thorough understanding of and experience with Clinical Governance in a family violence context.

Other essential criteria include significant experience working with families within a community service setting and a thorough understanding of the latest family violence standards and frameworks (eg: MARAM). A comprehensive understanding of the community services sector including an understanding of current issues facing the sector and future directions is desirable.  Demonstrated awareness of and commitment to working with children, youth and families in the context of counselling, mediation, case management and other support services would be a distinct advantage.

Employee Benefits

Better Place Australia is serious about being an employer of choice and to back that claim we offer:

  • Attractive above-award salary rates
  • Salary packaging (which increases your take-home pay)
  • Additional annual leave days (between Christmas and New Year)
  • Annual leave loading of 17.5% loading
  • An 11% superannuation contribution
  • 12 weeks paid parental leave
  • Up to 20 days family violence leave
  • Paid study leave and extensive professional development opportunities

Better Place Australia offers a workplace culture reflective of a vibrant, learning organisation where our people are highly engaged in their work and committed to making a difference.  As an equal opportunity employer, we aim to create an inclusive environment where differences including gender, age, culture, disability, sexuality and family and caring responsibilities are valued.  We invite you to be part of a not for profit organisation that fosters a diverse workplace.

Apply Today

This position is available on a full-time basis.  Candidates seeking a part-time opportunity on a 0.8 FTE basis are also encouraged to apply.  This role is based at our Cheltenham head office though in the current COVID-19 climate we are working from home.

Our organisation is committed to child safety and satisfactory completion of a Working with Children Check and National Police Check are mandatory for the preferred candidate.

Whilst we appreciate the interest of all prospective candidates, please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.  Apply today – we look forward to hearing from you.

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