Child and Family Counsellor NPA Family and Community Services


  • Rewarding and challenging role working with families of the Northern Peninsula Area
  • Above award salary $93,860.00 plus salary sacrifice options
  • Great package of benefits including relocation allowance, subsidised furnished accommodation, travel entitlements and generous leave provisions


About the Organisation

NPA Family and Community Services ATSI Corporation (NPAFACS) is a government funded, not-for-profit organisation situated in the scenic town of Bamaga at the very tip of Cape York Peninsula.

The organisation is focused on improving the well being and self-esteem of the community’s Indigenous residents. NPAFACS also addresses a range of social issues;  domestic and family violence, child abuse and child neglect, drug and alcohol abuse, youth suicide, youth crime, teenage pregnancy and family conflicts.

NPAFACS is dedicated to providing support and encouragement to individuals & families to take control of their lives, to develop their lifestyles with positive outcomes as well as acting as an advocate for women, children, men and family units.

About Life in Bamaga

Find a new, relaxed way of life in the tropical beauty of Bamaga! Situated in Far North Queensland, just 25km from the tip of Cape York Peninsula and 900km north of Cairns, Bamaga is the administrative and retail centre of the Northern Peninsula Area (NPA).

The main centre for the 2,500 people of the five nearby Islander and Aboriginal communities, Bamaga is a well serviced and close-knit neighbourhood, offering residents everything you’d expect in a large country town – schools, a supermarket, hospital, post office, service station/ workshop, child care services, clothing store, hotel, snack bar, bakery, and a thrift store.

You will be dazzled by the recreational opportunities offered by the natural beauty on Bamaga’s doorstep. Fishing and boating are major recreational pastimes on the stunning Jardine River, and the many local coastal reefs and islands. Discover the local rivers and swimming holes as well as beautiful white sand beaches, while the nearby rainforest provides endless opportunities for walking, exploration and bird watching.

About the Opportunity

NPAFACS is looking for a Counsellor to work with the Indigenous Children & Families of NPA to provide therapeutic group and one-on-one counselling to children and families who are clients of the NPA Family Wellbeing Service and to provide case management and professional support to guide Family Support Workers, and as a result has an opportunity for a Child & Family Counsellor to join the team in Bamaga.

This position is currently funded for 12 months with a possible extension.

While a Bachelor/Masters of Social Work is desirable for this position, it is not essential if the applicant has previous experience or other qualifications in counselling or similar or a minimum of  3 years’ experience working with children and families is preferable.

Ideally, the successful candidate will also have previous experience working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons, demonstrated understanding of the impact of social issues on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families.

This position requires that the applicant has no criminal history, a current driver’s licence, and possession of a Working with Children Blue Card. 

Additionally, the applicant should have a sound level of computer literacy, to maintain electronic client files and database systems.

About the Benefits

If you are looking for a change of pace, a change of lifestyle or are seeking a new adventure, this may be the role for you. Experience working 38 hours a week in a location that provides the best the “top end” can offer — fishing, camping, amazing wildlife, 4WD adventures, all whilst you develop and expand your career options.

NPAFACS offers excellent facilities, and the opportunity to work within a supportive team culture.

In return for your hard work and dedication, the successful applicant will enjoy an above award salary $93,860.00 (dependent on experience and qualifications) plus super. Furthermore, you will have the option of salary sacrifice arrangements to increase your take-home pay.

Fully-furnished two-bedroom air-conditioned accommodation is provided with the position at $85/per week and NPAFACS will cover relocation costs of up to $3,000.

What you will receive:

  • 12 Month Fixed Term Contract with a possible extension
  • 20 days paid annual leave including 17.5% loading
  • 10 days personal/ carers leave
  • Approx. 10 days over the Christmas closure period
  • 5 days of remote leave and $2000 Travel Entitlement
  • Salary Sacrifice
  • 11% Superannuation contribution
  • Fully furnished accommodation available
  • Relocation assistance

This is a fantastic opportunity for career growth and advancement, as well as a great chance to experience Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures first hand.

The NPA is a discrete community under the QLD Government Alcohol Management Plans with some restrictions regarding the type of alcohol that can be consumed and the quantity that can be carried.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply






NPA Family and Community Services

Job Salary

Full time