Department for Child Protection

Remuneration: OPS4 ($75,430 – $79,070 p.a.) + 11.5% Superannuation

Role Details

The Department for Child Protection is seeking a Case Worker to join the Port Pirie office on a full-time term basis.

The role is responsible for:

  • Investigating child protection matters, case management of children and their families, writing and actioning case plans and maintaining client files.
  • Connecting clients to appropriate services and formal and informal community networks.
  • Visiting children in alternative care and providing support and assistance as required.
  • Facilitating opportunities for children under the Guardianship of the Minister to build healthy identities.
  • Undertaking child and family support project work and other duties with cultural awareness and sensitivity.

About You

To be successful in this role, you will have experience in dealing with conflict situations, including managing complex and challenging behaviours of parents and children. Drawing upon your demonstrated experience in providing high level advice and assistance to clients and staff will enhance your ability to maintain positive, collaborative and respectful working relationships with a wide range of key stakeholders.

You will have the passion and ability to initiate opportunities and identify innovative solutions to enhance child safety outcomes for families living in remote Aboriginal communities using your knowledge of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act (CYPS) Act, and Families and Communities Act.

If you are seeking a role that will allow you to make a meaningful difference to the lives of our most vulnerable children, then apply now.

About the Business 

The Department for Child Protection (DCP) plays a key role in the protection of children, young people and their families within South Australia. The department provides support to vulnerable children and young people to be safe, strong and connected.

The Region

Port Pirie is a seaport on the east coast of the Spencer Gulf, 223 km north of Adelaide and has a population of just over 17,000 people. The Council area includes the city of Port Pirie, a historically significant city and busy commercial regional centre, as well as the rural towns of Crystal Brook, Redhill, Koolunga, Wandearah, Mundoora, Napperby and Warnertown.

The Port Pirie office employs approximately 30 people and is one of five offices in the northern region. As a member of this team, you will work with other professionals to deliver child protection services to children and families in the local community of Port Pirie and surrounding areas.

This is a unique opportunity to work alongside the local community and support good outcomes for that community. To find out more about working in the region, visit working with DCP in Port Pirie.

Special Conditions 

Essential: A current Australian driver’s licence (P2 or above) and a willingness to drive is essential.

To find out more about this role, including the key selection criteria and special conditions, please click on the ‘apply’ button.

Enquiries: Marc Congdon, Business Manager on 08 8638 4390 or email:

Our workplace reflects the diverse communities we serve. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, experiences, and abilities. This includes women, people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the LGBQTI+ communities, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

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