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Counsellor - Bunbury / Busselton

Waratah Support Centre


Waratah became a constituted and incorporated body in 1981 after eleven years of lobbying government for a sexual assault centre in the South West of Western Australia.

The Waratah is a native flower which, when burnt and destroyed by bush fire, grows back and flowers again. In the Dreamtime, all Waratahs were white. The Dreamtime story tells how the female Wonga pigeon, injured by the hawk, bled from her heart to the white flowers, transforming them to red. The symbolism of regeneration, healing and strength is one which survivors of family and domestic violence and sexual assault can rightly lay claim.

Waratah has now celebrated its 40th year and continues to strengthen the South West's capacity to shape trauma informed, person centred and best practise responses to Family and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the South West.

The Position

The position is to provide therapeutic support to children’s service users, with opportunities to work with adults too. Therapeutic support at Waratah involves working alongside those who have been impacted by either or both family and domestic violence and sexual abuse/assault.

Waratah’s foundation for our work is based on trauma informed care (for both service users and staff) with a family and domestic violence and sexual abuse and or assault lens. We are directed by National Standards in our work in sexual assault and or abuse and lean on somatic therapy when working with trauma. In working with family and domestic violence we use the Safe and Together Model to direct our work. We frame all therapeutic practice through a person centred framework.

The role may include providing rostered after hours support services for sexual assault reported to either the hospital or police. The role may also require the use of Telehealth to work with clients.

Family and domestic violence and sexual assault and or abuse is very complex and it is important applicants can articulate ways to support clients and their own wellbeing when working in this space. We ask that you consider the complexity of this role when you apply. At interview, we will ask applicants to describe their approach to self-care.

Waratah offers internal and external professional and peer supervision to all staff. EAP is also available to all staff.

We value social and cultural diversity, and we're committed to a safe workplace. We strongly encourage applications from First Peoples, people who have lived experience, people with a disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and mature age people.

Selection Criteria

  • University qualifications in psychology, social work, behavioural science or human services field. At least 2 years’ experience post qualification in counselling.
  • Demonstrated counselling and assessment skills with people who have experienced trauma and have multiple factors contributing to their vulnerability.
  • Well-developed personal and professional boundaries, personal resiliency and professional compliance with privacy and confidentiality requirements.
  • Well-developed interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and computer literacy competence.
  • Understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the intergenerational impacts of colonisation.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency with culturally and linguistically diverse communities.


  • Knowledge and experience in sexual assault/abuse and or domestic violence counselling models and practices that involve Trauma Informed Practice.
  • Knowledge and training in working with adults and/or children living with violence and abuse
  • Current motor vehicle driver’s licence.

Documents Required

To be considered for this position it is essential that you provide:

  • WA Working with Children Check.
  • National Police Certificate.
  • Evidence of the “Right to Work” in Australia.
  • Evidence of Qualification/s.
  • Evidence of Covid-19 vaccination
  • Driver’s licence – C class


  • $76,000 to $80,000 per annum, full-time, depending on experience and qualifications.
  • 10% superannuation
  • Salary Packaging of $15,900 tax-free
  • 5 weeks annual leave
  • Professional supervision from line manager as well as supervision from external professional supervisors

next steps

Applications are accepted now, via the Apply Now link. The job will be closed when a person is appointed to the role.

Please note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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