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Child and Youth Therapeutic Worker - Aputula / Finke

NPY Women's Council

People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Fixed term (24 months) position in the Domestic and Family Violence Service team
  • Based remotely in Aputula (Finke), Northern Territory with some travel to Alice Springs
  • Relocation assistance and accommodation provided


Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council was founded and is still led, governed and directed by women from the NPY region in central Australia. It was created to give a voice to women across 26 desert communities in the cross-border regions of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. Today, we continue to provide progressive, innovative and evidence-based work in service delivery, advocacy and support.

Atunypa Wiru Minyma Uwankaraku Service is a domestic and family violence support and advocacy service for Aboriginal women and children living in the NPY region. The service is informed by a holistic relational understanding of violence which acknowledges the key role of family and community relationships.

We are now recruiting for a Child and Youth Therapeutic Worker to join the DFV service. The position, based in Finke, is focused on the provision of therapeutic care for the Domestic and Family Violence Service. It facilitates group and individual therapeutic sessions with children and young people, experiencing trauma as a result of exposure to, and experience of, domestic and family violence.

The role contributes to building capacity within the organisation to respond to domestic and family violence and works in accordance with the Strengthening Community Capacity to End Violence Practice Framework (SCCTEV) and will mentor others in this way of working.


The successful candidate will have a relevant degree in Social Work or related qualification, experience in child-centered therapeutic practice and/or a domestic and family violence context.

You will have an understanding of a holistic and relational approach to domestic violence service delivery relevant for cross-cultural contexts, as well as experience working with a trauma-informed, strengths-based and reflective approach. Experience working in Central Australia will be highly regarded.

This is your opportunity to make a real impact alongside a dedicated, skilled and supportive group of people. The organisation is committed to working within the NPY Lands for the benefit of Anangu people in the region and you will work in an environment and landscape unique to Australia.

You will receive a comprehensive orientation program as well as best practice supervision and professional development that includes vicarious trauma, case management and four-wheel drive training. We also provide critical incident debriefing and a range of counselling services to support you.

In addition to this, we offer a generous remuneration package. You will receive an above award salary, salary packaging benefits, 5-6 weeks of annual leave (depending on role), 15 days of personal leave (to care for you and your family) and a retention bonus. We also provide NPYWC accommodation and use of a company vehicle whilst travelling.


  • Please click apply now and complete the application form on our website, submitting both a covering letter and resume.
  • For a full position description please see the attachment below or click here: Child Youth Therapeutic Officer
  • For initial enquiries about the role, please contact Louise O’Connor, Manager (DFVS) on 08 8958 2375.

Due to the high volume of applications, only applicants who have been shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

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