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As a result of increased government investment in our service, we are seeking Domestic and Family Violence workers to join our Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (Sydney WDVCAS) team. You will be part of delivering a best practice, specialist, trauma-informed model of service delivery to women affected by domestic and family violence (DFV) and ensuring an integrated response to women assessed as at serious threat of harm.

The Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Worker assists the Manager in the overall administration and coordination of the Sydney WDVCAS responsibilities. The Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Worker works in partnership with the Safety Action Meeting Co-ordinator and other WDVCAS workers to provide clients with an effective, streamlined service, including support at hearings.

Applicants must have a commitment to empowering women and children affected by DFV, an understanding or willingness to learn the principles of a trauma-informed approach to service delivery, have demonstrated ability to engage effectively with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and have demonstrated ability to engage effectively with clients in crisis. Proficiency in a language other than English is desirable.

This position is open to female applicants only. SWSLC considers being a woman to be a genuine occupational qualification for this position under s. 31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).


Job Board
Job CategoryCare & Support Work
Job FieldWomen
Employment BasisFull Time, Part Time, Contract
Salary Range$80,000 — $90,000
LocationSydney CBD

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Essential Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics, complexities and legal and social welfare consequences of domestic violence;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the criminal justice response to domestic violence including Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) applications and criminal prosecutions and related legal matters such as family law, care and protection, migration and victim’s compensation issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with key stakeholders in the local area;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the particular needs of and challenges faced by clients from diverse communities, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and clients from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with clients in crisis and provide appropriate, trauma-informed support;
  • Ability to deliver services in accordance with policies, principles and other operational documents;
  • Sound organisational, administrative and management skills;
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly in negotiation, advocacy and conflict resolution;
  • Ability to work effectively with interpreter services and other support services for victims with specific needs; and
  • Basic IT skills.

Desirable Criteria

  •  Proficiency in a language other than English

How to Apply

  1. Visit our website for a copy of the position description, essential and desirable criteria and instructions on how to apply.
  2. Send your covering letter, resume and a document detailing how your skills and experience meet the essential and desirable criteria to
  3. Please address the essential criteria in full. Applications that do not address the essential criteria will not be considered.

South West Sydney Legal Centre

South West Sydney Legal Centre (SWSLC) is a not for profit community legal centre.

Our legal services include information, advice and legal representation for people in South West Sydney whose access to justice is denied or constrained, and include specialised legal services for victim-survivors of DFV.

Our DFV services include court support and advocacy, safety planning, case management and financial counselling.

Both the legal and DFV teams offer tailored training and workshops to community members and community organisations.

We give our clients the guidance, legal advice, support services and strength they need to claim their rights, know their options and choose their next steps.

ContactJanice Waring
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