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Job Number : 42130
Type and Location : Counselling / Sydney, NSW - Other
Listed By : Universal McCann on 9 May 2024
APS 6 Outreach Program Coordinator

Job Overview


Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling (formerly VVCS) is Australia’s leading provider of high quality mental health assessment and clinician counselling services for Australian veterans and their families. Open Arms are focused on meeting client needs through a combination of proven clinical practices and emerging evidence-based approaches.


Outreach Program Coordinators (OPCOs) work within the Open Arms Division of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), providing coordination, clinical governance and management of the Open Arms Outreach Provider Program inclusive of Outreach Program Clinicians, Group Program Facilitators, external Clinical Supervisors, and partnership referrals.


Outreach Program Coordinators work under the direction of an Assistant Director. They are required to make decisions, problem solve and navigate complex client issues, whilst adhering to relevant legislation, ethical guidelines and policies. Critical thinking, communication and interpersonal skills are paramount, and Clinicians must demonstrate high levels of integrity and emotional intelligence. Bringing knowledge of veterans’ and their families’ experiences to the role, Outreach Program Coordinators will demonstrate respect for all clients and uphold a strong commitment to confidentiality and privacy.




Please refer to Candidate Information Pack for a list of duties related to this role. This can be found at the link used to apply.





  • Under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be employed in the Australian Public Service (APS).
  • All applicants external to DVA offered employment will be required to successfully undergo a pre-engagement screening check, even if they have a security clearance. The screening check is conducted in accordance with the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework requirements.




This recruitment process is being used to fill ongoing and/or non-ongoing position/s. For more information about the role, please see the Candidate Information Pack.


Where a non-ongoing position is offered, the role will be filled for an initial specified term of up to 18 months.


A merit pool of suitable applicants may be created which may be used to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies should they become available over the next 18 months.


Successful applicants engaged into the APS will be subject to a probation period.


DVA embraces and fosters a culture that supports diversity, inclusion and respect, where people are empowered to fulfil their potential. We welcome people with diverse skills, experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. We are dedicated and committed to attracting and recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and encourage applications from people with disability, people that identify as LGBTQIA+ and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Take on a rewarding, varied, and broad career with an Australian Public Service Department that can bring balance and flexibility to your working life, while supporting you to stay connected to your community.


DVA is committed to improving the data skills and capability of our workforce to underpin our goal of becoming a leading data-driven organisation.


RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information visit:


Contact Officer Details:

For any job related information required after reading the selection documentation, please contact Penny Feillafe 0460 011 780 [email protected]


Where to lodge Applications:

To apply go to and complete the online application by 11.30pm AEST Thursday 23 May 2024.

Contact Details
Penny Feillafe

0460 011 780

[email protected]

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