ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Counsellor (x2) - Relationships Australia

Relationships Australia

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Counsellor

Relationships Australia is a community sector organisation with a proud and rich history. We connect with families, communities and thousands of people across the lifespan. You may know us for our family and couples counselling – we also give back to the community through our work in family violence prevention, working with people experiencing gambling harm, with families that have been touched by the sudden death of a loved one, with people who have experienced trauma and with people who are challenged by their mental health, among other things.

With us you will work with people at times of vulnerability in their lives, create a career you’ll love and join a warm and caring team who make a difference.

This position provides therapeutic services in the form of counselling to couples, individuals and families who are seeking improved relationships, or resolution of relationship difficulties. The Dhunlung Yarra service is a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander therapeutic service staffed by Aboriginal professionals. Members of the team work across a range of programs to deliver a range of culturally appropriate services, including counselling, and other relationship support services.


Your new role

Under the supervision of the Senior Clinician, Dhunlung Yarra team, a Counsellor is responsible for:

  • Provide individual, couple and family counselling on behalf of RACR in accordance with the Family Law Act 1975;
  • Complete four sessions of counselling per day (dependent on case management requirements) for a full-time equivalent position (or pro-rata);
  • Complete all data requirements including case notes, statistical and administrative records for each session or activity;
  • Attend team meetings and participate in cultural and clinical supervision, professional development and performance reviews;


What you’ll need to succeed

  1. Being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent and knowledge and awareness of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and has strong links within the community.
  2. Appropriate training, qualification and/or professional experience in social work, psychology or counselling including a minimum of 4 years’ experience working directly with clients.
  3. An understanding of the complexities of trauma and grief and loss that impacts the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and an ability to demonstrate, or willingness to learn, a broad theoretical approach to relationship counselling.
  4. A demonstrated understanding of practice frameworks within a cultural context applicable to family and domestic violence. 

We have two (2) ongoing, full-time positions available, based in Deakin, ACT.

This is an identified position. Being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent is a genuine requirement of this role.

For a full list of selection criteria, please refer to the position description found via


What you’ll get in return

This is an exciting opportunity to join a highly regarded not-for-profit, community-based organisation in a position where you will have the opportunity to continue to grow and develop your career. You will receive a generous package including professional development and NFP salary packaging. In this role you will be able to make a positive difference in the lives of people in the community every day.


What you need to do now

To apply, please send your resume together with the names of two work related referees and a cover letter summarising your skills and experience relevant to this position.


Applications should be submitted only via the “Apply” button on our website.

Position description with selection criteria is available at

For further information about the position or application process, please contact Glyniss Church on 02 6122 7100 or by emailing [email protected].  


Closing date for applications: Midnight on 8 May 2022

Applications close: 
Sunday 8 May 2022 - 12:00am

Glyniss Church on 02 6122 7100 or [email protected].  

First posted: 
Friday 29 April 2022