ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Counselling Manager - Relationships Australia Canberra and Region

Relationships Australia Canberra and Region

Job Type: Full time / ongoing

Salary: $97,918.49 to $103,259.16 plus super and PBI tax benefit for a full-time position

Position Location: Deakin, ACT

Position Reference Number: RACR21CMDKN21

Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. They aim to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships. They are a community-based, not-for-profit Australian organisation with no religious affiliations. Their services are for all members of the community, regardless of religious belief, age, gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle choice, cultural background or economic circumstances.

Relationships Australia offer services in various locations around Australia that includes counselling, family dispute resolution (mediation) and a range of family and community support and education programs, primarily funded by Federal, State and Territory Governments. Relationships Australia Canberra & Region (RACR) is one of the eight state and territory organisations that comprise the Relationships Australia Federation.

RACR is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on any grounds. They have voluntarily opted to be subject to the obligations of a public authority under Part 5A of the Human Rights Amendment Act 2008 (ACT). This means that all staff must comply with human rights, as far as possible to do so, in all our decisions and conduct.

About the Role

The Counselling Manager is expected to support the clinical governance processes of RACR, to develop, maintain, and manage the quality of the therapeutic practice and services operating within Relationships Australia Canberra & Region.  Therapeutic services refer to any counselling, relationship education, and specialised family violence programs delivered by Relationships Australia Canberra & Region. It also refers to any group work, casework or project that operates as a therapeutic service or any therapeutic work undertaken by the RACR.

To be successful in this role, you are required to possess:

  1. An appropriate tertiary qualification in, social science, social work, psychology, counselling, clinical work or a related area, and current registration with the:
    • Australian Psychological Society (APS,) or
    • Australian Association for Social Workers (AASW,) or
    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), or
    • Australian Counselling Association (ACA).
  2. Experience leading a counselling team that delivers a diverse range of services including for individuals, children and young people, couples and families.
  3. Demonstrated understanding of the drivers, contributing factors, assessment and risk management relevant to family and domestic violence, and experience and skills in the use of a systematic framework.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with multi disciplinary teams to facilitate a smooth transition for clients who may need other services or supports.

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants are encouraged to apply.

Salary & Benefits

The salary on offer is in the range of $97,918.49 to $103,259.16 per annum plus superannuation for full time. As a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI), RACR employees also receive tax-effective salary packaging opportunities, thus significantly increasing the value of your take-home pay.

According to the RACR Enterprise Agreement, the successful candidate will have access to generous leave provisions, annual leave loading, special paid leave during annual holiday shutdown period and flexible working arrangements.

For a full list of selection criteria, please refer to the attached position description.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.

To Apply

To apply, please send your resume with names of two work related referees and a covering letter specifically addressing each of the selection criteria (no more than half a page response under each criterion). Applications that do not address selection criteria will not be considered during the shortlisting process.

Applications should be submitted online via the “Apply” button below.

The position description with selection criteria can be accessed under “current opportunities” at:

Applications close: 
Sunday 16 May 2021 - 11:55pm

For further information about the position or application process, please contact Julie King, Director of Operations on 02 6122 7100 or 0428 745 234 or email [email protected].

First posted: 
Thursday 29 April 2021