Child & Youth Worker Residential Care Pool
Department for Child Protection
Job reference: 403398
Location: 5600 - WHYALLA, 5290 - MOUNT GAMBIER, 5000 - ADELAIDE
Job status: Long Term Contract
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

Job status:  Multiple Term & Casual Vacancies (Pool)
Eligibility:    External Vacancy - Open to Everyone

Remuneration: OPS3 ($63,681 - $67,868 per annum)

          - 9.5% Employer Superannuation.
          - Salary Sacrifice benefits.
          - This is 24/7 shift work, therefore shift penalties apply to weekday afternoon and night shifts,
             weekend shifts and public holidays.



About the Department

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.

Would you like the opportunity to improve the lives of South Australian children, young people and families who need it most in a role that is both challenging yet highly rewarding?

If you have answered “yes”, please read on….


As a Child and Youth Worker, you will be part of a team contributing to improving the social and living skills of children and young people in residential care, and assist in their effective transition into the community and/or reunification/reconnection with their families, family-based care providers or other suitable care options. You will assist in assessing their individual needs as well as ensuring that appropriate levels of their safety and supervision is maintained at all times. In this role, you will ensure children and young people have opportunities to experience education and opportunities for social, sporting and cultural activities.

Do you:

  • Hold CHC40313 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention or related discipline or are you willing to complete this qualification within the first 12 months of your employment?
  • Have experience working with children / young people in a residential care or related setting?
  • Hold a current HLTAID004 – Provide Emergency First Aid in an Education Care Setting Unit of Competency, or be willing to obtain one prior to an offer of employment?
  • Hold a current Australian driver’s licence (P2 or above) and be willing to regularly drive children and young people to various locations across the Adelaide/Mount Gambier/Whyalla region?

You must be willing to:

  • Undergo a psychological assessment of a kind determined by the Chief Executive prior to commencing employment.
  • Undertake relevant medical and functional assessments to ensure your safety and suitability to perform the psychical aspects of this role.
  • Gain a Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Related Employment Screening (Working with Children Check) prior to commencing employment and during your employment with DCP.
  • Participate and successfully complete CHC40313 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention within the first 12 months which supports and develops your practice in this role.
  • Work shift work which includes nights, weekends and public holidays.

About our recruitment process:

Our recruitment is ongoing and you can apply at any time.  We generally have a number of intakes throughout the year, these intakes vary depending on organisational needs.  If you are recommended and placed on our Employment Pool your application will remain active for 12 months. You could be contacted at any time during this period and offered an opportunity to commence employment with us.

Our intention is to sweep the pool during the months of November 2020, March 2021 and June 2021 for possible intakes, so please consider these times when applying.

What else do I need to know?

Before applying we would encourage you to review all the essential requirements and special conditions as detailed in the attached Role Description and the Child and Youth Worker (C&YW) Job Demands Info Sheet. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and other information about this role at the DCPCareers site.

Most importantly, this role involves shift work.  Our properties do not close, and the children and young people in our care require your attention and supervision at all times.  Our shifts rotate and include AM, PM and active Night Shifts.  The start and finish times may vary, however you will be required to work across all three shifts.  Shift work also involves working weekends and Public Holidays.  You are strongly encouraged to consider this aspect of the role and whether it suits your current circumstances.

Enquiries: Before emailing us, please ensure you have read the Frequently Asked Questions as this is likely to answer your query. Should you have any further questions, please email the DCP Recruitment Team on:

Application Instructions:

You will be required to do the following prior to clicking 'Submit Application' (mandatory).

  • You will be required to attach a cover letter not longer than 2 pages, and a current résumé/curriculum vitae and;
  • You will be required to answer the mandatory behavioural questions (please refer to 'How do I answer Behavioural Questions' in the 'Help' menu for more information) and attach your cover letter and a current résumé/curriculum vitae prior to clicking 'Submit Application'. It is recommended to allow enough time to complete the whole application as the system times out after one hour of inactivity.

For assistance with any technical issues please contact the help desk on 1300 733 056 or

People of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and/or those who have a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications close: 13/08/2021 11:00 PM

- c&yw job demands info sheet.pdf
- ops3 child and youth worker residential care.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.