Why choose a career in Child Protection?

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

Who are we looking for?

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 Geelong

Built next to beautiful Corio Bay, Geelong is Victoria’s second largest city. With a bustling commercial centre, Geelong’s main streets are lined with historic, elegant architecture and stylish stores. Its colourful and creative community has taken advantage of Geelong’s strong manufacturing past, by converting its many unique industrial spaces into cool cafes, hip bars and swanky apartments. Just a short drive to the beautiful beaches of the Bellarine Peninsula and the gateway to the famous Great Ocean Road, Geelong offers a big city feel without the congestion and crowds.

Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

The best decisions are well-informed ones. Visit the friendly Geelong 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 Geelong 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 Geelong region, focus on enjoying the area at weekends – which should be easy!




Distance to Melbourne

75 km. Just over a one-hour drive.


Surrounding towns




Median house price: $750,000

Median house rent: $400 p/w

Median unit price: $458,000

Median unit rent: $350 p/w

Arts, Culture and Events

There’s always something on in Geelong and its surrounding region. There are festivals celebrating sport and music, film and theatre, food and wine, as well as a diverse calendar of cultural events, literary gatherings and exhibitions at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. Geelong Gallery is one of the oldest regional galleries in Australia and is home to many significant works by Australian artists. The area is also home to numerous independent galleries and artists’ studios, including Boom Gallery and the Powerhouse Museum - home to the work of Australia’s finest street artists. Catch theatre, live music and comedy at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre.

Food and wine scene

Geelong is a food and wine lovers’ paradise. It has a laneway culture to rival Melbourne’s, with the area around Little Malop bursting with great places to grab a coffee and a bite to eat. While Pakington Street is famed for its delicatessens and wine merchants. Experience fine dining at IGNI, where the unique ever-changing menu champions regional and seasonal ingredients. Or go casual at much-loved Little Creatures Brewery with its cool industrial vibe and tasty ales that are brewed on site. There are also 40 cellar doors in the Geelong and Bellarine region just waiting for you to sample their delicious range.

Family Fun 

Local families love the sheltered waters of Corio Bay, especially Geelong’s Art Deco-style, Eastern Beach Swimming Enclosure, with its slides and diving platforms, as well as the nearby restored Geelong Carousel. And just out of town is Adventure Park. It has awesome rides and wild waterslides, and slightly quieter activities such as archery, mini golf and paddle boats too.

The great outdoors and sporting facilities

Geelong is home to numerous parks and gardens and a stone’s throw away from some of Victoria’s most beautiful beaches where you can swim, surf and sail. Cycling enthusiasts love the area for its mountain biking tracks and its family-friendly trails. And golfers are spoilt for choice with some of Australia’s best golf courses in the region. There’s also no shortage of ways to stay fit with a range of sports at local clubs offering first-rate facilities:

• Kardinia Aquatic Centre – outdoor pools

• Pioneer Park – baseball, softball, tennis, soccer and skatepark

• Geelong Arena – basketball

• GMHBA Stadium – AFL stadium and home of the Geelong Cats


There are countless shopping options in town, from large malls to strip shopping, and the area is well-known for its fabulous vintage markets. For seasonal produce, gourmet delights and unique arts and crafts, the region has many regular farmers’ and makers’ markets too.


Geelong is easily reached by several major highways and has its own railway station with services to Melbourne running regularly. Its extensive public transport network connects it to nearby towns and facilities making local travel easy.

Health and community services

Geelong has a comprehensive range of health services, including numerous private practices and several hospitals, including - St John of God Geelong Hospital, University Hospital and Geelong Private Hospital. The active, local community is well supported by numerous neighbourhood groups and centres.


The region offers the full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities, with a total of 15 schools to choose from.

Some schools of note: Geelong South Primary School (Co-ed P-6), St John’s Lutheran School (Co-ed P-6), Geelong High School (Co-ed 7-12), Geelong Grammar School (Co-ed P-12), Christian College Geelong (Co-ed P-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.