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The Specialist Family Violence Practitioner will be implementing Good Shepherd’s outreach program to women at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre correctional facility who have experienced family violence.  The role will be providing group and individual support and information to women who are preparing for release, with a focus on the forms, drivers and impacts of family violence for women and children, assessing risk, safety planning, technology safeguarding and referral pathways.  The role will also deliver professional development sessions to employees of the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, enhancing the understanding of family violence through a trauma lens and how best to respond to disclosure.


This position involves providing women with multiple and complex needs client-centred short intervention group and case work, underpinned by trauma informed, systems and developmental frameworks, utilising the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM),


The goal of this program is to promote safety, stability and recovery from family violence for women and their children post release, through early intervention and a coordinated care team approach.


This positions works closely with the staff on site at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre and requires compliance with all elements of working within a correctional facility.



  • Deliver service aligned with team operational plan and Good Shepherd’s strategic plan
  • Contribute to development of team plan
  • Demonstrate understanding of social justice and community capability building concepts


  • Demonstrate commitment to own learning and development
  • Contribute to development of a high-performance team through demonstration of capabilities outlined in Good Shepherd’s leadership capability framework
  • Participate actively in regular formal supervision
  • Share knowledge and practice insights with colleagues
  • Take responsibility for own wellbeing


  • Deliver best practice service to clients in line with agreed goals/contribution
  • Seek feedback from client/stakeholders/peers in order to reflect and improve on service support for own


  • Maintain a client-centred approach to service delivery at all times

Service Delivery and Operations

  • Deliver all services in line with service standards and program procedures
  • Maintain accurate data, information and reporting at all times
  • Maintain agreed service level agreements
  • Provide timely reporting in line with department requirements
  • Other duties as reasonably required


  • Liaise effectively with referral network
  • Work collaboratively with other service providers to deliver valued outcomes for clients
  • Develop constructive, collaborative relationships with other Good Shepherd team members and departments


  • Demonstrate behaviour consistent with Good Shepherd mission, values, behaviours and policies at all times
  • Maintain agreed quality standards
  • Maintain OH&S standards at all times

Qualifications and Experience

  • Appropriate tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, or a related tertiary discipline is essential
  • Demonstrated capacity to provide group sessions and upskilling on technical skills, including how technology is used in family violence
  • Experience working in the family violence sector
  • Experience working with or within corrections is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated experience working with women presenting with complex needs and behaviours (e.g. trauma, substance abuse, mental health, parenting issues, disability) and/or from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) or indigenous backgrounds
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the impacts of family violence and the capacity to apply appropriate theoretical frameworks to practice
  • Demonstrated success in maintaining external networks and collaborative relationships with professionals both internal and external
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing written reports, maintaining records, including case notes and data base reporting
  • Demonstrated success working as part of an effective and productive team, along with the ability to be self-directed
  • Knowledge of strength-based, positive parenting strategies in the context of parenting after family violence
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal professional development including knowledge of the Royal Commission into Family Violence Recommendations and the broader impact of the current reforms on the family violence sector
  • A current Full Australian Driver’s License
  • A satisfactory Police Check
  • A current Working with Children’s Check (WWCC) or state equivalent
  • Proof of the right to work in Australia
  • The above requirements will need to be supplied and verified prior to commencement

Position Description

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To apply please review the hyperlinked position description and submit a short covering letter outlining your relevant skills and experience along with your CV to Personal data held by Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand relating to employment applications will be used in accordance with our Privacy Statement, which is available on our website.

Please apply as soon as possible, applications are considered as they are received.