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

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About Portland 

Portland was the site of Victoria’s first European settlement and today its streets are still dotted with many buildings of historic significance. With a long and fascinating seafaring history this vibrant city has a charming, lively waterfront and working port, where you can enjoy spectacular sea views, watch big ships load up local produce and fisherman unload their catch.

Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

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




Distance to Melbourne

357km. Approximately a 4-hour drive.


Surrounding towns

Cape Bridgewater, Casterton, Dartmoor, Heywood.



Median house price: $238,500

Median house rent: $255 p/w

Median unit price: $182,500

Median unit rent: $170 p/w

Arts, Culture and Events 

Portland has its own Arts Centre which hosts a diverse range of touring performances throughout the year and is also home to two gallery spaces. Exhibitions change regularly and many feature the work of talented local artists. A highlight of the year is the Upwelling Festival in October. It takes over the foreshore and celebrates all things uniquely Portland with interesting market stalls, entertainment and children’s activities.

Food and wine scene 

There’s no shortage of great places to eat in town and most of them boast pretty harbour views. Locals swear by the charming Clock by the Bay, housed in a former post office its moreish menu focuses on freshly caught seafood. While Edward’s Waterfront Restaurant uses fresh, local produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Café Bahloo is a favourite for its scrumptious, healthy meals. And it’s always worth making time for a beer at Portland’s oldest pub, the Royal Hotel.

Family Fun 

Families love the range of activities on offer in Portland - there’s something for all ages. You can step inside the ribcage of a sperm whale skeleton and explore treasures from the shipwreck trail at The Maritime Discovery Centre. And riding Portland’s Cable Tram never gets boring, with a track that meanders along the scenic foreshore. The Powerhouse Vintage Car Museum has fun interactive displays as well as an impressive collection of vintage and classic cars. Portland Leisure and Aquatic Centre is always fun, it has baby and toddler pools as well as a wild water slide. Portland also has picturesque Botanic Gardens, a skate park, fauna park and a BMX track. And Cape Nelson State Park provides the perfect spot for a picnic, with spectacular views out to the sea and Cape Nelson Lighthouse.

The great outdoors and sporting facilities 

Portland has numerous beaches for every activity, from safe swimming to jet skiing to catching the perfect wave. And it’s a fisherman’s paradise, with the chance to reel in King George whiting, flathead and tuna. Every winter, locals are treated to sightings of mighty southern right whales, when you can get within metres of them from the port or out in the harbour. And Cape Bridgewater is home to a colony of more than 600 Australian fur seals. There are also several walking trails where you can enjoy views dotted with stunning natural landmarks, native flora and coastal cliffs. A range of sports are available at local clubs offering first-rate facilities:

• Portland Leisure and Aquatic Centre – two pools, gym

• Portland BMX Sports Complex


The area is home to colourful independent retailers and busy shopping centres. While regular farmers’ and community markets provide a great way to pick up delicious local produce and unique arts and crafts.


Portland is served by major highways and the nearest VLine railway station is Warrnambool, with services to Melbourne running regularly. Regional buses connect it to nearby towns and facilities making local travel quick and easy.

Health and community services 

Portland has a comprehensive range of health services, including numerous private practices and one hospital – Portland District Health. The local community is very active and well supported by several community centres and groups.


The region offers the full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities, with a total of 13 schools to choose from.

Some schools of note: Jaycee Kindergarten, Portland South Primary School (Co-ed P-6), Portland 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.