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Family Violence and Sexual Assault Graduate Program 2022

  • Two exciting opportunities in the Family Violence Sector
  • Join a leading and growing Community Services organisation in the Southern Melbo
  • Learn, contribute and make a difference from day one

About the Graduate Program

One position will be based in The Orange Door and the other based with our Family Violence Recovery Program.

The Program provides a dedicated pathway for new and recent graduates into the family violence, sexual assault and primary prevention sectors, supporting graduates to gain practical skills and knowledge while also receiving additional training and development support.

In addition to state-wide learning and networking opportunities, graduates are supported by a dedicated Learning and Development Facilitator and have access to learning and development opportunities with other graduates throughout the year. This includes an induction session at the commencement of the Program and monthly community of practice sessions. Graduates also have access to a funding allocation to support their ongoing learning and development over a 12-month period.

To meet the eligibility requirements for the 2022 Family Violence and Sexual Assault Graduate Program, graduates must have completed all course requirements (or will do so before commencing in the Program) or have completed their qualifications within the last two years.

If you are relocating for the Program, you may also be eligible for a $1,500 contribution towards costs associated with your relocation.

For more information on the Program, you can visit Family violence jobs - for Graduates. https://www.vic.gov.au/students-and-graduates-who-want-work-family-violence

About Wayss

We exist so people can live a life free from family violence and have access to safe, sustainable and affordable housing. Our vision is to be the major provider of social housing services and leading-edge client support programs in the Southern Melbourne Metropolitan region.

Wayss Family Violence Programs

Operating across multiple sites, Wayss Family Violence services provide:

  • Rapid Response and after-hours outreach
  • Case management support
  • RAMP coordination and intensive case management
  • Personal Safety Initiative
  • Refuge and post crisis housing options
  • Women's outreach program
  • Children's support and therapeutic work
  • Family violence capacity building
  • Victim survivor and family responses via The Orange Door - Dandenong

About the Opportunity

The graduate positions include:

  • Family Violence Recovery - Family Violence Case Management practitioner
  • The Orange Door - Orange Door Practitioner

As a graduate, you will develop skills and capabilities to confidently:

  • Participate in structured professional development and practice supervision programs to develop skills and expertise
  • Depending on the program placement, tasks may include client risk and safety assessments, L17 response, early intervention and rapid response, outreach services, case management, planning and assessment and developing safety plans
  • Provide interventions to assist clients with setting goals and implementing strategies to remain safe, resilient and solve problems
  • Work collaboratively as a member of high performing teams in a networked work environment
  • Facilitate referral to specialist and community services to ensure that appropriate wrap around support is in place based on client needs
  • Provide or facilitate practical technology based or face to face outreach support for victim survivors of family violence
  • Ensuring the health and safety of self and others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and Wayss policies and procedures.

About you

As a new graduate, you will bring the following:

  • Recently completed tertiary qualification in Social Work or Psychology at Bachelor's degree level or above
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Continuously curious and open to new learning and professional growth
  • Demonstrated capacity to be proactive and readily take on responsibility for getting things done
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work as a contributing team member
  • Ability to manage a caseload and prioritise appropriately using a priority tool
  • Commitment to evidence-based practice
  • Ability to be self-directed with accessing a variety of resources needed for learning
  • Ability to contribute to improving service delivery and practice that support better outcomes for victim survivors
  • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills
  • Computer skills, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

The successful graduate will require a current Driver’s Licence and valid ‘Employment’ category - Working with Children Check Card. The candidate will need to have successfully completed Wayss pre-employment screening, a police check and provide evidence of full Covid-19 vaccination compliance.

Working for Wayss

Our people are our greatest asset. Without them, we would be unable to make a meaningful impact in the lives of people facing homelessness and family violence. This is our motivation in offering a range of benefits to ensure we hire and retain great people.

Benefits we offer

Wayss fosters a culture of flexibility, support and wellbeing. We have a wide range of workplace benefits including:

  • 5 weeks annual leave plus 17.5% leave loading and generous personal leave entitlements
  • Competitive salary
  • Plus generous tax benefits through salary packaging
  • Inclusive workplace with complimentary health and well-being programs
  • Access to discounts on electrical goods and motor vehicles
  • Hybrid Working Model
  • Access to EAP
  • Professional Learning and Development


Please ensure you include a covering letter, outlining your interest in a graduate position at Wayss. Enquiries about the position can be directed to Giselle Bailey, Operations Manager – Family Violence on 8797 1899.

The Position Description can be obtained by visiting https://www.wayss.org.au/careers-at-wayss/

Wayss is proud to be an inclusive and child safe organisation. Due to the nature of this role, the successful candidate must be prepared to undertake a National Police Check and possess a valid Working with Children Check.

We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to being an organisation that embraces equality, diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people of all ages and (LGBTIQ) people.

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