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Aboriginal Psychologist

Division:  Northern CPPYJ

Penrith, NSW, AU, 2750

Req ID:  42410

Aboriginal Mental Health Clinician/Psychologist

Temporary up to September 2024

Exciting opportunity to join the Department of Communities and Justice


About us


The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) commenced on 1 July 2019 and is the lead agency which forms the Stronger Communities Cluster. The new department brought together the former departments of Family and Community Services (FACS) and Justice.

We provide services to better work together to support everyone's right to access justice and other help for families, and promote early intervention and inclusion, with benefits for the whole community.

Stronger Communities brings all government services targeted at achieving safe, just, inclusive and resilient communities under one roof.


About the role/ About the Opportunity


LINKS is a multidisciplinary therapeutic team made up of psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists and customer service staff based in Penrith. We provide therapy to children in statutory foster and kinship care up to the age of 17. The therapeutic program aims to reduce the symptoms of trauma that interfere with their successful functioning in daily life.


The role is as a Mental Health Clinician/Psychologist who will provide therapy with children and their carer/s in combination with our Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Psychiatrist as required. Therapy generally occurs on site, with provision for therapy to also be provided from other venues. The Aboriginal Mental Health Clinician provides advice to LINKS staff regarding cultural awareness issues facing our Aboriginal clients. Our team runs Tuning into Kids and Tuning into Teenagers groups for carers which all Mental Health Clinicians facilitate at various times. Training is provided. In addition, the role of Aboriginal Mental Health Clinician will engage in some community networking to represent our team and work to local Aboriginal community groups.


This is a temporary full time role in accordance with the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 for a period of up to September 2024. However, part time will be considered.


A Recruitment Pool may be created to fill similar roles for both ongoing and temporary opportunities if and as they arise.


Essential Requirements


  • Aboriginality is an essential requirement for this role. The role has been identified as an Aboriginal role in accordance with the provisions of Section 14 (d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.
  • 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 and the following pre-employment checks:

  • 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



Additional requirement for Specialist Psychologist

A post-graduate degree at the masters level or higher in a relevant specialist area including but not limited to clinical psychology, forensic psychology or counselling psychology.


What we can offer you/Benefits


  • Location: Penrith
  • FACS Aboriginal Mental Health Clinician (Psychologist)
  • Salary range $69,681 pa - $103,582 pa plus employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • 4 weeks annual leave per year of service
  • Generous salary packaging options and other fringe benefits
  • Flexible work practices - Part-time opportunity will considered for the right person
  • Opportunities for learning and development and Internal career progression


How to apply


To apply candidates must submit a covering letter (2 pages maximum) which clearly details their skills and experience as relevant to this role and an up to date resume.


Part of the assessment process may include additional online capability testing, skills testing or work samples in accordance with the new Government Sector Employment Act 2013; therefore you may be contacted to participate. You may also be asked to complete a Health Declaration Form in later stages of the assessment process.


Find out more


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Closing date: 25 June @ 11:59pm


For enquiries: please contact on Kimberley Lewis
P: 0437 198 027                            



We value a diverse and inclusive workplace


We actively promote the employment of women, people with a disability, Aboriginal people, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


If you require an adjustment within the recruitment process, please contact Peter Luong – and advise us of your preferred method of communication.


If you are looking for more information about workplace adjustments at DCJ, please visit our Careers site.




To ensure recruitment at the Department of Communities and Justice continues without interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic, some interviews and assessments may be performed using alternative methods.


This may include video interviewing, telephone interviewing and online assessments. If you are successful following review of your application, you may need to perform assessments and/or interviews via online platforms using a PC, laptop or smart phone. By doing so, we will be adhering to the strict social distancing advice currently in place.


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



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

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