Senior Clinician - Rivergum | Western - Ararat

Senior Clinician - Rivergum

Application Close Date: 28-Sep-2018
Western - Ararat
Community Corrections
Position Type:
Ongoing - full time
$95,275 - $115,276
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Bring your bright ideas and strong leadership to Rivergum, a new cutting edge, post sentence offender facility

  • Work within a multi-disciplinary team to achieve therapeutic outcomes for residents
  • Deliver best practice offence-specific and offence-related interventions
  • Dedicated training prior to formally starting in the role (including foundation, theory, and mentored on-the-job training)
  • Foster a therapeutic environment within a unique multi-disciplinary team

Introducing Rivergum

The Rivergum Residential Treatment Centre (Rivergum) is a new facility that will deliver short-term, intensive treatment and interventions for up to 20 offenders on supervision orders. It is a secure, therapeutic environment and forms part of Victoria's Post Sentence Detention and Supervision Scheme – a civil, non-punitive scheme which has been in operation since 2005. Offenders subject to a supervision order are not undergoing a sentence and are not in custody.

Located near the rural town of Ararat, Rivergum will have a strong focus on building collaborative relationships that both motivate and hold residents accountable for their actions. Residents will be supported in continuing their rehabilitation through the delivery of intensive treatment and interventions, provided by a multi-disciplinary team made up of clinicians, case workers, case managers, activities coordinators and more.

The facility is operated by the Department of Justice and Regulation, which is one arm of the Victorian State Government, a recognised top employer of choice nationally. All of our staff work to the vision of a safe, just, innovative and thriving Victoria.

About the role

The Sex Offender Assessment and Treatment Services (SOATS) will be responsible for providing specialised assessment and therapeutic interventions to sexual and violent offenders at Rivergum.
Senior clinicians will be key players in the small, multidisciplinary clinical team responsible for providing a holistic range of interventions. This includes offence-specific and offence-related group and individual-based interventions. This position offers the opportunity to work with high risk offenders in a residential setting with a strong therapeutic focus.

What you will do

As a senior clinican at Rivergum, you will:

  • Provide leadership and authoritative clinical advice to Corrections Victoria, especially to principal practitioners, specialist case managers, and the post sentence branch
  • Deliver offence-specific interventions for residents at Rivergum (inclusive of drug and alcohol criminogenic interventions).
  • Prepare comprehensive reports including the provision of authoritative clinical advice to the courts.
  • Provide training on relevant offender issues to Corrections Victoria and external agencies, as required.

For more information on the important work the clinical team leader will be doing at Rivergum, please read the attached position description.

Values and skills you should have

This is a job that demands a candidate who is resilient. You will encounter setbacks, but you will need to be able to persevere and adapt, remaining committed to Rivergum's therapeutic objectives. You will also be a key member of Rivergum's clinical team, so you should be someone who flourishes when collaborating with others.

Additionally, you should have:

  • a desire to lead, mentor and develop staff to meet their full potential.
  • experience in providing clinical individual and group supervision to clinicians, psychologists or social workers.
  • at least two years experience in delivering group-based treatment or intervention
  • expertise in applying best practice principles of therapeutic intervention that will be applied to this complex offender group.

What's in it for you

The major reward of taking on this important role will be seeing the positive impact of your hard work up-close. You will be joining Rivergum at its birth, and will influence the path this exciting new facility will take.

There are many other advantages in working for the Department of Justice at large, as well, including:

  • A fair salary – enjoy great work conditions and salary sacrificing options.
  • Transparent performance framework - approach your work with confidence in how you're tracking.
  • Access to networking opportunities and ongoing professional development in forensic and clinical work, including external conferences at the department.
  • Generous leave entitlements – including provisions for many forms of leave; including personal, parental, carers, study, cultural, compassionate and sick leave.
  • Savings on private health insurance
  • Visa sponsorship assistance and/or relocation allowance for eligible interstate and overseas candidates.
  • Employee  Assistance Program support – you are encouraged to use this short-term, confidential counselling service if you're experiencing emotional stress, relationship problems, conflict with others or personal issues.
  • The social club – option to join this lively group, which gives you access to discounted gift cards, films, travel and online shopping.


There are some essential qualifications candidates need to have to take on this role. You must be registered as a psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency; or be eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Work.

You are also required to have a current Australian or NZ driver's licence.

If you have any queries about the position, please contact Belinda Ellis on (03) 9094 2500.

Applications will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date, so please do not delay in submitting your application.  

Considering a move to Ararat?

Ararat is set in a beautiful part of the world and has a little something for all comers – from stunning scenery and top notch wineries, to great schools and museums.

The township kicked off in the glory days of the gold rush, but the more recent arrival of new working residents has given Ararat a fresh vibrancy and solidified the strong sense of community. Have a quick read of our profile on Ararat right here to learn why it's such a great place to live when you're working in corrections.

At the Department of Justice and Regulation, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We employ people of any gender, age, religion, cultural background and sexual orientation. We also seek to accommodate staff members with disabilities. 

In addition, we have a firm commitment to increasing the participation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people across our workforce. If you identify, we encourage you to contact our Koori Employment Team on 03 8684 1751. 

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