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The Counsellor/Project Officer position is designed to provide individual and group clinical assessment and  treatment to traumatised clients; collaborate with communities and deliver training to other service providers.


Applications CloseJune 26, 2023
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Job CategoryPsychology & Counselling, Social Work
Job FieldHealth, Mental Health and Counselling
Employment BasisContract, Full Time
LocationWestern Sydney

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Essential Criteria

  1. Tertiary qualifications in health, counselling, behavioural or social sciences.  
  2. Demonstrated assessment and counselling experience in a cross-cultural context and experience in  working with children, adolescents and adults in a clinical setting. 
  3. Demonstrated capacity providing clinical group treatment and demonstrated training skills. 
  4. Demonstrated understanding of the issues affecting refugees in particular resettlement issues, and  the effects of torture on individuals, young people, families, and communities.  
  5. Proven excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. 
  6. Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team within a multicultural  environment. 
  7. Knowledge of the cultures and health needs of refugee communities in Sydney Metropolitan areas  and experience in community development, community liaison and advocacy.  
  8. Hold a current NSW Driver’s Licence.

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


*In line with NSW Health & STARTTS Policies, 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 three vaccinations against COVID-19, or alternatively provide a Medical Contraindication in  the approved form which complies with the requirements of NSW Health & STARTTS Policies, prior to appointment.  Should you not be able to comply before your commencement date, the offer of employment may be withdrawn.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Knowledge of local communities in Sydney metropolitan areas and available services.
  2. Proficient in Community Languages.

Other Information

Position No: DS101 

Enquiries: Manuel Morantes; Direct Services Senior Team Leader/Counsellor on 02 9646 6555 

Work Type: Full-time; 38 hours per week. Contract up to 30 June 2025 (Continuation subject to ongoing funding) 

Location: Fairfield 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 (CV)
  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: Monday 26 June 2023

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." 

ContactManuel Morantes; Direct Services Senior Team Leader/Counsellor
Phone number 02 9646 6555