about westcasa

Employment Opportunities

Counsellor/Advocate and Intake Worker (0.8 FTE)

6-Month Contract
(May extend to 12 months depending on funding)

WestCASA is a community based not-for-profit sexual assault, family violence and trauma counselling service operating in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne for over 30 years. WestCASA provides counselling, a crisis response, advocacy, education and training and is located in Werribee, with outreach to Footscray, Melton and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC, a women’s prison) at Ravenhall.

The successful applicant will provide counselling to people who experience sexual assault and related family violence and other trauma. They will also work closely with the intake team taking calls and undertaking assessments for women, men, nonbinary, trans community and young people (aged 12 years and over) who have experienced sexual assault and related family violence trauma either recently or in the past, to enable eligible people to access our service with ease.They will be based within WestCASA’s counselling services at Werribee, Footscray and Melton.

Staff receive regular clinical supervision and support through the Clinical Services Manager and access to professional development both as part of a team and as an individual. WestCASA has a strong commitment to providing a learning environment and support for staff in their growth and development in this area of work.

WestCASA supports staff to develop capacities in relation to knowledge of current research and best practice in responding to complex trauma. WestCASA provides services within a feminist and rights-based framework.

WestCASA is a not-for-profit organisation with a community-based Board of Governance and a member of the state-wide peak organisation of sexual assault services CASA Forum. Services are funded by the Victorian Government.

The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to and understanding of the personal and political issues surrounding sexual assault & family violence. You will have experience or a strong interest in working with complex trauma in a therapeutic environment. You will be an excellent communicator, able to work independently and contribute to a resilient team.
6-month contract
(May extend to 12 months depending on funding)
WestCASA provides a varied, engaging and supportive professional work environment and will consider flexible work arrangements. Our staff form a vibrant and committed team. They are valued for their contribution and commitment and are supported in their professional development aspirations.

WestCASA welcomes applications from Aboriginal women and women from culturally & linguistically diverse backgrounds.

A generous salary is paid in accordance with the Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault and the Health Services Union Agreement 2006-2007 and then the Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault Inc (WestCASA) Employees Enterprise Agreement 2016 – 2020.

Generous salary packaging and meal benefit allowance is also available. The conditions of employment will be in accordance with the agreements as above.

For further information regarding the position:
Please contact Esen Uygun, Acting Chief Executive Officer on (03) 9216 0444

Position description is available from info@westcasa.org.au and on download the job description pdf here.

Applications close at 9.00 am Tuesday 2 March 2021.