Advanced Family Violence Practice Leader

Job No: Berry3240
Location: Ballarat

  • Ballarat location
  • Full time, permanent position
  • Salary package equivalent to $119,000pa (inclusive of super and salary packaging)
  • Additional $10,500pa motor vehicle allowance

For over 140 years, Berry Street has adapted to a changing world, and we will continue to adapt to achieve our purpose. We believe children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful. Our Vision for 2022: Together we will courageously change lives and reimagine service systems. We look forward to working with children, young people, families, carers, staff and partners to achieve this vision. Together.

The Opportunity

The Western Family Violence Service is an entry point for Police Referrals covering the Central Highlands Region, which includes: Ararat, Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool and Pyrenees. The service provides a range of support services to women and their children who have experienced Family Violence, including an After Hours Crisis service across the Western Region.

The Western Family Violence Service will provide a Specialist Family Violence team within The Orange Door (Central Highlands Region) as an initiative resulting per Recommendations 37 and 38 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

The fundamental function of The Orange Door is to:

  • Be a more visible and accessible contact point for service users requiring specialist support.
  • Provide help for people to identify family violence and child wellbeing issues.
  • Support to access justice and legal support.
  • Offer advice based on contemporary risk assessment tools and guidance.
  • Provide specialist support and tailored advice for victims, families and children, and perpetrators.
  • Connection and coordination of access to support.
  • A system wide view of service capacity, client experience and outcomes.  

Key Responsibilities

The Advanced Family Violence Practice Leader is a clinical leadership position. The role will be an integral part of the establishment of the new Orange Door in the Central Highlands Region.

The primary focus will be to provide specialist family violence expertise that drives an integrated response by supporting practitioners working with victim survivors of family violence and implementing perpetrator interventions.

This role will also support practitioners to deliver high quality, safe and effective response to victims of family violence and their families.

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About You

You will have a tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Welfare or a related discipline and expert knowledge and experience working in specialist family violence/social services leadership roles. You will have demonstrated experience working collaboratively to implement and drive cultural change and experience in stakeholder partnership creation and use this to build mutually beneficial partnerships.

The Benefits

  • Additional salary packaging available for meals/accommodation.
  • Flexible work arrangements and generous leave conditions.
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), including access for staff members’ immediate family.

The Orange Door 

Berry Street is a partner agency within the new Central Highlands Orange Door. There are two additional full time, ongoing Practice Leader positions with our partner agencies currently advertised within the initial workforce intake along with this position at Berry Street;

How to Apply

As this recruitment process is a collaborative approach across the 3 Community Service Organisations (CSO's) within the Orange Door network, shortlisted applications will be shared across the 3 organisations and the interview panel will consist of representatives from the 3 partner CSO’s.

To apply for these positions please attach a resume and cover letter that includes the specific role you are applying for and a response to the 3 application questions listed below:

1. Tell us your interest in this specific role and what you would bring to this role?

2. How would you work collaboratively with the other partner agencies in this new setting?

3. How your values align to the values of the relevant organisation?

Applications including resume and cover letter addressing your suitability for the position to be submitted by midnight on Sunday, 01 September 2019. Queries to the Berry Street Talent Acquisition Team on 03 9429 9266.

Please Note; the successful applicant must hold or be able to obtain a valid WWCC and undergo a National Police Check prior to employment.


Berry Street is committed to being a child safe, child friendly and child empowering organisation. In everything we do we seek to protect children. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; children with a disability; children who identify with a sexual and or gender minority identity. We aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality or religion.

 Aboriginal people; people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.




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