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ASO6 Advocate
Department for Education
Job reference: 519166
Location: 5000 - ADELAIDE
Job status: Long Term Contract
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and young people?


Are you passionate about ensuring the rights of children and young people are upheld?


Then we are looking for you to join our Advocacy team at the Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People.


About the Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People:

The Guardian for Children and Young People (the Guardian) is an independent statutory officer that promotes and advocates for the rights and best interests of children and young people who are under the guardianship, or in the custody, of the chief executive of the Department for Child Protection (DCP). The functions and powers of the Guardian are set out in section 26 of the Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act 2016.


The role of Child and Young Person’s Visitor (CYPV) is held by the Guardian, ex-officio, and has responsibility for regular visiting and inspection of residential care facilities to monitor the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, in accordance with the functions set out in section 118 of the Child and Young Person (Safety) Act 2017.


The Guardian also holds the role of Training Centre Visitor (TCV) under the Youth Justice Administration Act 2016 in relation to children and young people detained in Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre (KTYJC) and exercises similar functions in respect of that role.


Together, these roles comprise the Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People (OGCYP).

About the role:

As an Advocate you will :

  • Connect with and advocate for children and young people living in family-based care and residential care settings.
  • Listen to the concerns and worries of/for children and young people and find ways of addressing them.
  • Support the Guardian to undertake their statutory functions.
  • Be a part of an amazing team that listens and speaks up for vulnerable children and young people in South Australia.

If this sounds like the job for you, please learn more about our office, read the job description and get your application in now. 



Desirable: Appropriate degree which gives eligibility for full membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers OR relevant tertiary qualification.


Special Conditions:

The successful applicant is required to gain a Department for Human Services (DHS) working with children check (WWCC) prior to being employed which is required to be renewed every five years before expiry.  The incumbent will be required to undertake the Safe Environments for Children and Young People 'Through their eyes' training course and update as necessary. 

For all other Special Conditions please refer to the attached Position Description.


Application Instructions:

Applicants are required to submit a CV, the Application Cover Sheet, Employment Declaration, and a written statement of no more than 1500 words addressing the selection criteria in the attached document.

Please note to be employed by the department, applicants must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical exemption endorsed by a duly qualified medical practitioner.  Unvaccinated people must comply with conditions for unvaccinated people as outlined in the Department’s website.  Proof of vaccination status must be provided for sighting on request.



ASO6: $95,588 - $101,109.



Enquiries can be directed to Mardy McDonald, Business Manager, Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People on Tel: (08) 8226 8570 or Email:  

Applications should be made through the I Work For SA website.


Additional Note:

This is a full-time contract role (1.0 FTE), available for up to 12 months, with the possibility of extension. 

Applications close: 12/02/2023 6:00 PM

- App Cover Sheet - PSAct.pdf
- Position Description - ASO6 Advocate RD.pdf
- RD - How to Apply PS Act guidelines.pdf
- VL233 Pre-employment declaration.pdf

Flexibility Statement
The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.