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The Social Support Worker will provide trauma-informed and high quality social support to women affected by family violence and conduct risk assessment and safety planning for victims of family violence. The Social Support Worker will also work closely with the Court in implementing the Court’s safety plan for the client in relation to each Court event, as needed.

The Social Support Worker will not provide legal advice or assistance.

The Social Support Worker will be provided with practice support and mentoring by the FASS Project Officer from the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program (WDVCAP) Unit at Legal Aid NSW.

The role reports to the Sydney WDVCAS Manager.

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).  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are strongly encouraged to apply.


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

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Essential Criteria

  • Understanding of domestic and family violence, its complexities and consequences;
  • Understanding of the intersections between domestic and family violence and the family law system;
  • Ability to work autonomously with limited supervision;
  • Experience in maintaining boundaries with vulnerable clients in complex situations;
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly in advocacy and conflict resolution;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with clients in crisis and provide appropriate, trauma-informed support;
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills; and
  • Current clearance in relation to Working with Children and relevant NSW Police Force checks.

How to Apply

1.     Read the Position Description and Essential and Desirable Criteria below.

2.     Your application should include a covering letter, a resume and an additional document addressing the Essential and Desirable criteria.

The covering letter needs to state:

•       The position you are applying for;

•       Your current contact details; and

Your resume should detail:

•       your employment history including dates and a brief statement of duties for previous roles; and

•       your education history.

Your additional document should clearly explain:

•       how your skills and experience meet each listed criteria;

•       Applications that do not address ALL of the Essential Criteria will not be considered.

You should also ensure you are able to later provide contact details for  two professional referees (at least one current or previous line manager).

3.     Please send written applications to

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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