Why choose a career in Child Protection?

Being a Child Protection Practitioner means making real change to the lives...

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As a Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll join over 1600 other qualified social, welfare...

What’s involved in being a Practitioner?

Child Protection Practitioners work for the Victorian Government to investigate the...

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There are many opportunities across various levels in Child Protection, from Case...

About Bairnsdale 

As the commercial centre of the East Gippsland region, Bairnsdale is a vibrant town with a strong local economy. This spectacular part of the world also happens to be the gateway to the world-famous Gippsland lakes, and offers easy access to the alpine villages of Omeo, Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham. With the mountains and the sea at your fingertips, it’s the ideal spot - whether you’re looking for a tree-change or a sea-change.

Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

The best decisions are well-informed ones. Visit the friendly Bairnsdale Visitor Information Centre, to learn more about housing, schools and career industries.


2. Visit us

A visit is the perfect introduction to your new lifestyle. It is a fun and entertaining way to get to know the locals, witness first-hand the magical scenery, try the quality local produce and experience walking around the towns. 


3. Rent before you buy

Need time to find your dream home? Try renting instead of investing in a house immediately. It gives you time to figure out which area you prefer, the kind of house you’d like and which neighbourhood or town is best. 


4. Engage with the community

The Bairnsdale region is known for its close-knit and inviting community. Join the local sporting clubs, gyms, social groups and follow the local cafés, art gallery and library on social media to have your finger on the pulse.


5. Take your time

Take the time to build up connections and networks. Ensure there is time set aside to plan the move. Instead of living between your old home and the Bairnsdale region, focus on enjoying the area at weekends – which should be easy!




Distance to Melbourne



Surrounding towns

Lakes Entrance, Metung, Paynesville, Orbost, Omeo and Mallacoota.



Median house price: $264,000

Median house rent: $300 p/w

Median unit price: $218,750

Median unit rent: $250p/w

Arts, Culture and Events 

Bairnsdale is home to the region’s centre for visual arts: The East Gippsland Art Gallery. With a dynamic, engaging and ever-changing calendar, the gallery hosts monthly exhibition openings, events, artist talks and art workshops. There’s always something worth seeing at The Forge Theatre and Arts Hub, which showcases everything from drama and comedy, to children’s theatre and musicals.

Food and wine scene 

Bairnsdale has no shortage of great restaurants and wineries to enjoy, and even has its own brewery. Bullant Brewery is a favourite with locals and tourists alike as it pairs the best beer, brewed onsite, with delicious regionally sourced food. Narkojee Winery offers magnificent views of the Strzelecki Ranges, while Neilson’s Kitchen is famous for innovative flavours that showcase seasonal Gippsland produce.

Family Fun 

Bairnsdale is home to countless picturesque parks and fun playgrounds for families to enjoy. Locals love Bairnsdale Fun Park for an action-packed day out - it offers a stack of exciting activities including archery, laser tag, mini golf, go-karts and trampolines.

The great outdoors and sporting facilities 

Bairnsdale’s unique location means it offers a wide range of outdoor activities. It has nine national parks and two marine parks, so you’ll find countless walking trails, hiking tracks and a huge range of water activities, from canoeing and water-skiing to surfing and sailing. The region also offers multiple ‘dry sport’ facilities.

• Bairnsdale Bowls Club

• Bairnsdale Motorsport Club

• Bairnsdale Tennis Club

• Bairnsdale Golf Club


There are plenty of unique local shops to explore in Bairnsdale, while Eastwood Village Shopping Centre caters to all your grocery and fresh food needs. For local, seasonal produce, there’s a monthly farmers’ market and during the summer months, you can even pick your own fruit at the area’s many orchards and berry farms.



Bairnsdale is connected to several major highways and has its own railway station, with services to Melbourne running regularly. Regional trains and buses connect it to nearby towns and facilities making local travel easy.

Health and community services 

Bairnsdale Regional Health Services, together with a range of private practices, provide premium health care facilities to the area. The Hub is a thriving community centre, where you can join friendly groups and take part in fun and educational programmes.


The region offers the full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities. There are several kindergartens and primary schools, as well as two secondary schools to choose from.

Some schools of note: St Mary's School (Co-ed Primary P-6), Eagle Point Primary (Co-ed Primary P-6), Nagle College (Co-ed 7-12 Catholic) and Bairnsdale Secondary College (Co-ed 7-12).

Roles available

Beginning Child Protection Practice

As an entry level Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. In this role, your social work or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who share a common goal.

You'll manage cases and work with other professionals in the community to assess reports of child abuse and neglect, and at times present matters to the Children's Court of Victoria. You will aquire an excellent grounding across the child and family services system, managing a variety of complex matters, while changing the immediate future of at risk children and their families.


Advanced Child Protection Practice (CPP4)

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

As an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll receive and assess reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. You’ll undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved. This may include taking matters to court.