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Are you considering work as a child protection practitioner in rural Victoria?

Recent innovations to the child protection program in Victoria have significantly evolved the practitioner experience. You can benefit from these changes and take your social work, psychology or welfare-related career to the next level. You’ll also gain exposure to contemporary practice, innovative professional development and supervision by leaders in the field.

If you are looking to join the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing by relocating to one of the following locations as a CPP4 or CPP5 you could be eligible for up to $20,500 worth of incentives:

  • Sale and Bairnsdale (Outer Gippsland)
  • Mildura and Swan Hill (Mallee Area)
  • Bendigo (Loddon Area)
  • Shepparton (Goulburn Area)
  • Ballarat (Central Highlands Area)
  • Hamilton and Horsham (Wimmera South West Area)

This includes financial incentives of:

  • New starter incentive (up to $5,000)
  • Location incentive (up to $11,000)
  • Relocation supplement (up to $2,500)
  • Bonus incentive (up to $2,000)

Other benefits include:

  • Relocation leave (up to 3 days)
  • Extended leave provisions (15 days of personal/ carer’s leave, 5 days of professional development time per year, An extra 5 days of annual leave after 12 months of service)
  • Salary sacrificing (can include remote area housing benefit and utilities, relocation expenses, other voluntary salary packaging arrangements)
  • Other incentives (including employee wellbeing and support program to support employees and their immediate family members with work and non-work-related concerns, free flu vaccinations, rural after hours stand-by allowance, study assistance, reimbursements for the cost of an eye test/ prescription glasses, reimbursements for damaged clothing, leave purchasing, public transport discounted pass, special leave, paid parental leave and flexible work arrangements)
  • Local coordinators (coordinators are appointed within the department and will be available to provide information and support on local amenities and information to support new starters)
  • Regional orientation (new starters are provided with a tailored orientation program)
  • Mentoring program and buddy system
  • Career supports for immediate family members (members of an immediate family have access to career development and job change supports such as job identification, job application assistance and interview skills)
  • Connection to networks.

Applicants are encouraged to seek independent financial advice when considering salary packaging.

For further information contact - childprotectionjobs@dffh.vic.gov.au