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Division:  Northern CPPYJ

Statewide, NSW, AU, 9999

Req ID:  45905


Psychologist- Illawarra – Southern NSW


Do you have a strong commitment to apply evidence-based psychological practices to improve outcomes for vulnerable children?


  • We have an ongoing Full-Time vacancy available now.
  • Location: Illawarra Southern NSW Districts
  • Salary range $69,681 pa - $122,413 pa plus employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.


  • 4 weeks annual leave per year of service


  • Flexible work practices
  • Generous salary packaging options and other fringe benefits
  • Opportunities for continuing professional development and career progression


Your role


  • Specialises in trauma informed therapeutic assessment and intervention
  • Based on assessment and formulation, develops and implements treatment plans for children, young people, families and carers
  • Equips staff through training and reflective practice sessions
  • Provides  specialist consultation to guide casework practice



What you’ll do

As part of the Psychological and Specialist Service team (specify team or Business area), work with a variety of disciplines to deliver psychological assessment, therapeutic interventions and professional services to DCJ client groups including children, young people, families and carers. Provide specialist consultation to staff and managers and assist in the development of therapeutic case plans. DCJ Psychologists are considered to be Therapeutic Specialists who are clinical experts in trauma informed therapeutic care.


What we’re looking for


In addition to meeting the essential requirements, the successful candidate must have:

  • Ability to administer, and an understanding of the reliability and validity, of standardised and non-standardised psychological tests, questionnaires and rating scales.
  • Scientist-practitioner approach to assessment, formulation and provision of evidence-based intervention to address the behavioural, emotional, cognitive, and attachment needs of the child or family.
  • An understanding of the application of psychological theory, assessment and intervention when working with Aboriginal children, young people and families.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, communication skills; both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work as a member of a specialised team and to provide regular reports to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently, and to prioritise workload



Essential requirements of the role


Tertiary qualifications in Psychology recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia, either:

  • full registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, or

Provisional registration with an ability to fulfil full registration within the relevant timeframes.

  • Knowledge of theoretical and therapeutic frameworks that underpin assessment and intervention in the context of child abuse/neglect
  • Current driver’s licence


Appointments are subject to reference checks. Some roles may also require the following checks/ clearances:


  • National Criminal History Record Check in accordance with the Disability Inclusion Act 2014
  • Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012


It is an essential requirement of the role that successful applicants are fully vaccinated and able to provide acceptable proof of vaccination status.


Download the role description.


We do work that really matters


Working for the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) provides lots of opportunities to make a real difference. We collaborate with other agencies and community partners, to improve lives and realise the potential of children, adults, families and communities. We're focused on breaking, rather than managing, disadvantage. It’s work that really matters.


Part of the Department of Communities and Justice, Psychological & Specialist Services are responsible for delivering trauma informed, evidence based assessment and interventions for children, young people and families ensuring they have the best possible outcomes.



Are you ready to join us?


Click apply, attach a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining how you meet the requirements of the role as well as an up-to-date résumé (maximum 5 pages).



Applications closes: Thursday 06 October 2022 @ 11:59pm


Got a question?


If you’ve got a question about applying or require an adjustment in the recruitment process, please, contact Tina Baker via


For more information about the role or what it’s like to work for DCJ, please contact the hiring manager Elizabeth Hagarty,



Inclusion and Diversity lies at the heart of how we recruit


We continue to hire great people with a wide variety of skills, experience and backgrounds. This includes people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people identifying as LGBTIQ+, culturally and linguistically diverse people, carers and other diversity groups.


To find out what DCJ are doing to build an inclusive and diverse workforce, visit our careers site.


Other Information


A Talent Pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months.


Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic some interviews and assessments may be performed using alternative methods. For more information visit Our Process.



Thank you for your interest in this role. We look forward to receiving your application.

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