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International Recruitment and Relocation

Now is an exciting time for experienced social workers and child protection professionals to relocate to Victoria, Australia.

Child protection work is rewarding and fulfilling. You need to be a confident, flexible and resilient individual. The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing is committed to providing you with ongoing career support through learning and development opportunities and offers a competitive salary and generous benefits.

Eligible international candidates will be sponsored for four years under the Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) visa at the Advanced and Senior Child Protection Practitioner levels (CPP4 and CPP5).

Relocation Information

If you are interested in learning more about living and working in Victoria, you can find some great resources through the Live in Melbourne website and in our Divisional Information Pack.

The Department offers relocation support, more information on the incentives available, view the Overseas relocation assistance flyer.


We are excited to have received a high volume of applications from International candidates and we are now commencing the assessment process.  As such, at this time, applications from international candidates requiring sponsorship and relocation support are now closed.

We hope to re-open the opportunity for international candidates at a later date and details will be posted on this page.

Please note, if you are an international candidate with your own visa and are heading to Australia (or here already), we would welcome your application for a job in Child Protection, via

Child Protection International Recruitment Process flowchart. Application received, pre-employment screening, behavioural psychometric assessment, interview, safety screening, offer of conditional improvement, visa nomination lodged, candidate lodges visa application, visa grant, offer of employment and commencement. hhhhhh

For further information please see our International Recruitment Child Protection Frequently Asked Questions or send us an email at

For information on the departments strategy please review Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children, our strategy to transform the child and family system.