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Job Number : 28589
Type and Location : Family Counselling / NSW - Other
Listed By : UM Canberra on 9 Sep 2019
Psychologist / Social Worker (Family Consultant)
Division - Federal Circuit Court of Australia
Section - Child Dispute Services
Location - Newcastle

The Family Consultant’s role is a critical one within Australia’s family law system, with its primary function being to assist the Courts and its users to make decisions that are in children’s best interests.  This is a role for clinical professionals who are committed to the wellbeing of children and ensuring that children’s voices, needs and interests are heard in the context of parenting disputes.

Family Consultants undertake a range of activities within the provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 including:
  • conducting child-centred preliminary and comprehensive family assessments, including conducting interviews and observations with children,
  • providing evidence to the Courts as an expert witness in the form of brief memoranda, comprehensive family reports and/or oral testimony,
  • providing  advice to Court regarding external support services for children and families,
  • providing evidence-based, social science information to the Court.
  • liaising with legal representatives and other professionals, and
  • participating in professional supervision and professional development programs.

The Family Consultant position would suit an experienced social worker or psychologist who is looking to work in a highly dynamic and well-supported team environment.

Participation in the Courts’ Performance Development Scheme is a requirement of the position. The successful applicant must have an ability to work within the Court environment and be committed to the Courts’ Strategic Plan, Client Service Charter and client service improvement initiatives.  A current working with children clearance is also required.

In addition to competitive remuneration, the Family Consultant position offers the following benefits:
  • An additional three days of paid leave following the Christmas/New Year closedown period
  • A 15.4% employer superannuation contribution rate
  • Salary packaging options
  • An extensive and highly supportive induction program
  • A comprehensive clinical governance framework providing detailed guidelines for practice
  • Ongoing, professional supervision
  • Options to request flexible work arrangements including limited home-based and part-time work
  • Professional development opportunities including access to an extensive professional library and internal training seminars
  • Twelve weeks of paid maternity leave and an additional two weeks of paid leave following that
  • Well-resourced working facilities including individual offices in most locations
  • Challenging and rewarding work

For an information package, which includes more about the position, contact officer details, and how to apply, please visit the Court's website at

Applications Close 22 September 2019
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