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Direct Services Teams Counsellors are responsible in providing service to a diverse client age population  across NSW, including children and adolescents. 

Skills and Qualifications Required 


  1. Relevant tertiary qualifications in health, counselling, behavioural or social sciences. 
  2. Demonstrated understanding of refugee issues, and the effects of torture and trauma on families,  children and adolescents from a refugee background. 
  3. Demonstrated ability to conduct individual assessment and short to medium term interventions with  children and adolescents. 
  4. Demonstrated experience in running groups with children and adolescents. 
  5. Demonstrated understanding of the NSW Education system and needs of children and adolescents. 
  6. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills and proficiency in the use of Microsoft  Office and relevant experience in conducting training. 
  7. Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team within a multicultural  environment 
  8. Demonstrated advocacy and community development skills and experience. 
  9. Current NSW Driver’s License. 


  1. Relevant experience in conducting consultancy and support to school counsellors and teachers  working with refugee children and adolescents. 
  2. Community Development skills and experience in a multicultural context.

*This position is considered child-related employment and will require a Working with Children Background  Check and a National Police Check. 


*In line with the Public Health Order, all STARTTS workers are considered Health Workers and are required  to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In order to be eligible for consideration for employment with STARTTS,  all recruits must provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19, or alternatively provide a Medical  Contraindication in the approved form which complies with the requirements of the Public Health Order,  prior to appointment. 


Applications CloseJune 3, 2022
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Job CategoryPsychology & Counselling, Social Work
Job FieldHealth, Mental Health and Counselling
Employment BasisFull Time
LocationSydney Wide

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Other Information

Position No: CA101 

Enquiries: Fatana Rahimi – Direct Services Team Leader on 02 9854 7300 

Work Type: Full-time; 38 hours per week. Contract up to 30 June 2024 (Continuation subject to ongoing funding) 

Location: Sydney Metropolitan area NSW 

Salary: Health Education Officer, or other relevant classification based on qualifications, experience and requirements of the role under the NSW Health Awards. A generous salary packaging scheme is also offered to reduce the taxable income and increase the take home pay.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please ensure you address the selection criteria as thoroughly as possible.

  1. Fill out the STARTTS Application for Employment Form
  2. Write a Statement Against the Selection Criteria outlining how you meet the selection criteria (see the guide How to apply for a job at STARTTS)
  3. Submit an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae 
  4. Provide copies of relevant Qualifications if applicable (overseas qualification must be assessed by an  appropriate Australian body to be considered)
  5. Statements of Service from previous relevant roles (if applicable, please ask us for a sample)
  6. A cover letter is optional.
  7. Email your applications to:

Closing date: Friday 3 June 2022 

NB: Depending on the role, if appointed, you may need a current ‘NSW Working With Children Check’ clearance, follow this  link for information on how to apply of your check:


Do you want to work in one of Australia’s leading organisations providing treatment and rehabilitation to  torture and trauma survivors; that’s quality focused, diverse & committed to making a difference in the lives  of vulnerable people in communities?  

Come & join us! 

The Organisation 

"STARTTS is a not-for-profit Affiliated Health Organisation focused on providing a broad range of services to  refugees in NSW. The focus of STARTTS approach is on building capacity and empowering people and  communities to take control over their own lives, using a strengths-based approach and building on  individual, family, community and cultural strengths."  

ContactFatana Rahimi – Direct Services Team Leader
Phone number 02 9854 7300