Why choose a career in Child Protection?

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

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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 Bendigo 

A vibrant and thriving city with a large and growing service economy, Bendigo still retains all the charm of the Gold Rush boomtown it once was. Sitting right in the heart of Victoria, the town and its surrounds offer a variety of lifestyle and living alternatives from cool, inner-city apartments and heritage, family homes, to large properties and working farms.


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Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

The best decisions are well-informed ones. Visit the friendly Bendigo Visitor Information Centre in Pall Mall, Bendigo 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 Bendigo 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 Bendigo  region, focus on enjoying the area at weekends – which should be easy!




Distance to Melbourne:


Surrounding Towns:

Axedale, Elmore, Heathcote, Marong, Raywood & Strathfieldsave

Arts, Culture and Events 

The Bendigo Art Gallery is Australia’s largest regional art museum. It houses an impressive permanent collection and regularly attracts internationally acclaimed touring exhibitions. The Ulumbarra Theatre, set within the historic Sandhurst Gaol, puts on a variety of exciting productions throughout the year. And there’s always something on the regional events calendar from a Blues and Roots Music Festival to the annual Easter Festival.



Food and Wine 

Bendigo is home to a thriving foodie culture. Locals love award-winning steakhouse, The Woodhouse, for smoky steaks and wood-fired pizza, while Percy and Percy Café is the place to go for delicious breakfasts, coffee and cake. Local night owls love the hidden-away Basement Bar for its live music and long list of craft beer.


food bendigo

Family Fun

Immerse yourself in the history of the area at several local attractions including the Victorian Goldfields Railways, Central Deborah Gold Mine and the Golden Dragon Museum. While Bendigo’s magnificent gardens, including Lake Weeroona and Rosalind Park, are picturesque and historic spaces the whole family will enjoy.


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The great outdoors and sporting facilities 

There’s no shortage of ways to stay fit and healthy in Bendigo with several cycling and walking trails as well as a range of sports at local clubs, offering first-rate facilities

• Bendigo Pioneers Football Club
• Sandhurst Cricket Club
• Golden City Soccer Club
• Bendigo Braves Basketball Club
• Spring Gully Tennis Club
• Bendigo Bowls Club
• Faith Leech Aquatic Centre


great outdoors


The area is home to a wide array of independent retailers and shopping centres, as well as several farmers’ markets and local art and craft markets.


shopping in bendigo


Served by several major highways, Bendigo 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 

Bendigo has a comprehensive range of health services, including numerous private practices and two hospitals - St John of God Bendigo Hospital and Bendigo Health.

The Bendigo Neighbourhood Hub offers support, courses, and activities to the very active local community.


The region offers the full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities.

Some schools of note:

- Bendigo Primary School (Co-ed P-6) 

- Girton Grammar School (Co-ed P-12)

- Catherine McAuley College (Co-ed 7-12 Catholic)

- Bendigo Senior Secondary College (Co-ed VCE only)

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.