Child Protection/Field Worker & Senior Child Protection/Senior Field Worker

  • Full Time

Website Department of Communities

About this Job

The Department of Communities brings together the services and functions of disability services, child protection and family support, housing, community initiatives and regional services reform.


Communities is a nationally recognised Accredited Carer Friendly Employer through the Carers + Employers program. The program defines best practice standards by creating a carer friendly workplace, enabling staff to balance work and care, while continuing to contribute to the wellbeing of individuals, families and the community.


Want a career that is more than just a job?

Click the below video or visit our careers page to find out what a typical workday could look like for you:

Working in the Kimberley Region attracts fantastic benefits (subject to eligibility, and provided on a pro-rata basis) including:

  • Relocation Assistance
  • Subsidised Housing (GROH)
  • Subsidised electricity
  • Generous Leave Entitlements (15 Days per annum)
  • 5 weeks leave a year, including:
  • – 4 weeks annual leave
  • – 1-week Northwest leave
  • – 1-week Commuted TOIL leave [accrued after 12 months]
  • Additional 3 Days Public Service Leave per annum
  • Free Pass to the Coast [accrued after 12 months, includes additional leave days and the cost of a return flight (the equivalent for a flight to Perth) for you and your dependents]
  • District Allowance
  • Salary Packaging Remote Benefits
  • Cultural Leave for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Employees

About the Roles

Child protection work is challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Working alongside families, other agencies and Community organisations you’ll foster respectful relationships to help families build safety and support for their members.


Child Protection Workers/Field Workers have responsibilities covering all aspects of child protection work. They respond to concerns regarding the safety and wellbeing of children, taking legal action where necessary, and maintain positive links and strong working relationships with other government and non-government agencies.

Senior Child Protection Workers and Senior Field Workers work with children, young people and families who are vulnerable or in crisis to ensure children are safe and protected from harm. They:

  • Undertake case work activities of a complex nature.
  • Make recommendations on the care and management of children.
  • Develop a high level of knowledge and skills in providing services and support to families and communities.
  • Provide expert advice to District staff members on child safety and protection issues.

Field Worker/Senior Field Worker positions are modified Child Protection Worker/Senior Child Protection Worker positions that are ONLY available in Regional WA locations.

Suitable applicants will be placed in a pool from which appointments will be made for this or similar future vacancies (fixed term or permanent) that arise within the next 12 months across the Department of Communities.


This recruitment process will be utilised to fill vacancies across the West and East Kimberley Region. Only applicants who are able/ willing to accept a position or relocate to the Kimberley (Broome, Kununurra, Derby, Fitzroy, Halls Creek) on being found suitable are encouraged to apply.

For further information on the job duties, locations, or requirements: Refer to the Job Description Forms (JDF) or contact Ben GasiorDistrict Director, on (08) 6277 4888 during business hours only.

Qualification Requirements

Under our Child Protection Workforce Model, priority will be given to qualified applicants in the first instance to maintain a qualified workforce. Should a qualified applicant not be identified then this selection process will be used to fill the vacancy.

If you have a Bachelors degree in Social Work, Psychology or relevant human services area, please apply for the Child Protection Worker/Senior Child Protection Worker position. Refer to our website for information about the qualification requirements.

If you do not hold an approved qualification, please apply for the Field Worker/Senior Field Worker position.

Join the Department of Communities

Apply online by clicking the ‘Apply for Job’ button (above and below) and provide the following documents in Word or PDF format only:

1.   A current comprehensive resume/CV.

2.   A two [2] page written application addressing all the Work Related Requirements (Selection Criteria) as stated on the JDF.

3.   A copy of your degree certificate and academic transcript (plus unit descriptors and/or overseas qualification assessment if applicable).

4.   A copy of all qualification/s (regardless of the relevance to the role) as specified in your application or resume/CV (if applicable).

5.   An application form (for hard copy applications only).

For technical difficulties while applying online, general recruitment enquiries, or to request any document in an alternative format, please contact Nijole West, HR Consultant, on 0403 203 642 or email


We can also be contacted via the National Relay Service on the following numbers:

TTY/voice calls – 133 677

Speak & Listen – 1300 555 727

SMS relay – 0423 677 767


Integrity and Honesty

The public sector is built on a strong foundation of integrity where employees act ethically, and public sector bodies promote and maintain integrity.


In line with Communities policies, applicants may be asked for consent to undergo criminal record screening and integrity checks during the application process. For more information on these requirements, click here.


Equity and Diversity

The Department of Communities embraces diversity and firmly believes that the best services come from a workplace, where varied viewpoints are welcomed and encouraged every day. We are committed to creating an equitable and diverse workforce, where we encourage applications from people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, women and youth.


If you have any access needs that may require adjustments to allow you to fully participate in the application and interview process, or alternative methods of communication, please contact Nijole West. If you are an Aboriginal person who would like assistance with your application, please contact Jobs and Skills WA on 13 64 64.

Lodgement is system generated. Any emailed applications or late submissions on or after 4:00pm will not be accepted.

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