Stand together with us to support Australians in need

Job search

e.g. "case worker", "housing"

Refine search

Work type



Subscribe to job alerts
Applicant login

Domestic and Family Violence Senior Practitioner - Ipswich

Apply now Job no: 987321
Work type: Max Term (Full Time)
Location: QLD
Categories: Community Services

  • Full time Max Term – 12 month maternity leave contract
  • Location: Ipswich
  • Make a meaningful difference to the lives of Australians in need

About Us

Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian charity that has been helping vulnerable Australians move towards independence for more than 160 years.

Every day we support people nationwide by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies and much more. We are generously supported by our funders, partners and tens of thousands of everyday Australians, who make the work of our tireless volunteers and staff possible.

Mission Australia is committed to keeping children and young people safe with zero tolerance of harm or abuse, and expect all our employees and volunteers to reflect this commitment. 

Your Opportunity

The Intensive Family Support service is an early intervention and prevention intensive family support service for families with children aged 0-18 who are at risk of entry into Child Safety Services under the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women. Its primary purpose is to improve the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children. Mission Australia provides this service in three Queensland locations - Inala/Goodna, Caboolture/Deception Bay and Ipswich.

Our team in Ipswich is looking for a full time Specialist in Domestic and Family Violence to join them for a period of 12 months.  Your passion to make a difference along with your superior experience in supporting families with high and complex needs will make you a welcome addition to this friendly and collaborative team.  The role will promote sustainable change in family circumstances and functioning, resulting in a reduction in contact with the statutory child protection system.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Provide expert advice and leadership in D&FV practice to a team of practitioners working within a matrix team structure
  • Sharing your specialist knowledge and skills within the DFV sector to support and upskill your team members
  • Engaging with families and collaborating with them to develop effective plans for long-term positive outcomes
  • Undertaking case management including assessments, reviews, reporting and administration
  • Developing and building effective relationships within the community sector, government and non-government services

Requirements for Success

With an already established career within domestic and family violence and specific knowledge in the child, youth and family sector you will be passionate about supporting families to strengthen the care of protection of their children. 

The skills and capabilities you bring include:

  • A background working in the child protection field, with specialist knowledge of domestic and family violence
  • Acting as a subject-matter expert in the field of DFV and the capacity to share this knowledge and experience with other case managers in a peer-support environment
  • Providing specialist consultation and support for escalated or complex cases as required
  • Crisis management skills including the ability to quickly and effectively assess risk and safety with a DFV lens
  • Case management from a strengths-based, trauma-informed and family-focused framework
  • Ability to engage, establish rapport and work respectfully families with different backgrounds and different needs
  • Strong administration skills – reporting, case notes and general documentation
  • Exceptional communication, negotiation and influencing ability – able to relate to children, parents and other service providers
  • Dedication to work within professional boundaries, integrity and ethical standards
  • Great time management, prioritisation and ability to work within time-frames while balancing your case load

You will need to hold a degree in Social Work, Social Sciences, Psychology or a similar field; have a valid First Aid Certificate and hold a current Blue Card and Queensland Driver Licence.

Before starting work with us, you will need to undertake a national police history check, qualifications and referee checks, and have a clearance to work with children/vulnerable people. 

 Before starting work with us, you will need to undertake a national police history check, qualifications and referee checks, and have a clearance to work with children/vulnerable people. 

Culture & Benefits  

A career with Mission Australia will offer you rewarding experiences to make a difference to the lives of Australians in need. We have an innovative and supportive culture guided by our values of compassion, integrity, respect, perseverance and celebration.

To ensure our employees feel valued, empowered and celebrated we provide a range of employee benefits including:

  • NFP salary packaging benefits reducing taxable income (details via AccessPay)  
  • Generous discounts with hotels, travel insurance and major retailers
  • Free, confidential counselling services via our EAP
  • Discounted health care with Medibank Private

Diversity & Inclusion

Mission Australia is an inclusive employer. We celebrate our diversity and strive to reflect contemporary Australian society and all the communities in which we work, in order to better serve our clients. We welcome and encourage applications from Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, People with Disability, Sexually and Gender Diverse people, people with lived experience of adversity and from people of all ages.

As such, if you require any adjustments to submit your application, we invite you to get in touch via email

Next Steps

To be considered for this opportunity, please click ‘Apply for this job’ and send your cover letter and resume today. As a committed Circle Back Initiative employer, we will respond to your application.

For more information, feel free to view the Download File Position Description - DFV Senior Practitioner.pdf. For further information about working with us visit Working for Mission Australia.

Applications are shortlisted as they are received. Please apply as soon as possible to be considered. Thank you

Advertised: E. Australia Standard Time
Application close: E. Australia Standard Time

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend

Recruitment Agencies

Please be advised Mission Australia does not accept unsolicited resumes. Mission Australia will not recognise an entitlement to an introduction or placement fee unless the Agency has been briefed by a member of the Recruitment team on a specific position for which we have requested candidates. Note we are not considering additions to our list of Panel Suppliers.

Share this:

| More

Founding Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'