Counsellor (Parental Leave Backfill) – Alice Springs NT CatholicCare NT


  • SCHADS Award Level 5 – $105,446 TRP (including salary $93,859)
  • Salary packaging option (up to an additional $15,900 p/a)
  • Full time position based in Alice Springs (until 05 January 2024)
  • Relocation assistance offered.
  • Remote area allowance
  • Local Alice Springs residents encouraged to apply.


Are you looking to join a diverse team making a positive difference?


About CatholicCare NT

CatholicCare NT is a Catholic social service agency established in the Diocese of Darwin. We provide services throughout the NT, including service centres in Darwin, Palmerston, Malak, Tiwi Islands, Daly River, Wadeye, Jabiru, Maningrida, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Santa Teresa, Titjikala, Finke and APY lands.

About the Program 

CatholicCare NT’s counselling program aims to enable children, young people, and adults in all their diversity to develop and sustain safe, supportive, and nurturing family relationships, and reduce the emotional, social, and economic costs associated with disruption to family relationships. 

CatholicCare NT provides several Family and Relationships programs including:

  • Family and Relationship Service (Fars)
  • Counselling – Catholic School Students
  • Employment Assistance Program
  • Crime Victims (CV)


About the role

The role of the Counsellor is to work within a cohesive and integrated team, providing high quality, responsive and culturally appropriate counselling services. The counsellor’s role is to support and strengthen family relationships, prevent breakdown, enhance children and young people’s wellbeing and mental health, assist couples and families to manage issues arising from relationships.

CatholicCare NT Counsellors provide a range of evidenced based therapeutic interventions including family therapy, individual and groups counselling, support and information and referral.  These interventions are primarily targeted to support critical family development and transition points including formation, extension, and separation. 


What we are looking for 

  • Relevant qualification in Counselling, Psychology or Social Work
  • Demonstrated experience working with children, young people, adults, and families. 
  • Membership of a governing body such as PACFA, AASW or ACA. 
  • Demonstrated competence in using a broad range of evidence-based counselling and group work approaches to support client outcomes. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including case note writing. 
  • Demonstrated cultural competency, particularly in working with Indigenous people.


How to Apply

For a full role description including key selection criteria, please visit our careers website.


Applications Close: 9am Thursday 14 September 2023

Interviews week of: 18 September 2023


Applications only progress if made directly through our CatholicCare NT website. Expressions of interest from third party job boards will not be considered.



The Northern Territory is one of the most culturally diverse places in the world.

Alice Springs (Mparntwe) is a beautiful town located in the heart of Australia, known for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, with strong Indigenous presence and vibrant community and art scene. The town is surrounded by stunning red desert landscapes, dotted with ancient rock formations, and home to a vast array of unique flora and fauna.

Alice Springs attracts visitors from all over the world, be it for the quirky and humorous Henley-On-Todd Regatta, camel racing, or the many opportunities to learn about the local Arrernte culture.

In this role you will have the privilege of working closely with local and aboriginal families and the experience of immersing yourself in an amazing part of the world.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn about yourself, other cultures and grow professionally at the same time as making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Safeguarding Children & Young People

CatholicCare NT is committed to maintaining zero tolerance of child abuse and neglect, and the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people who access our activities, programs, services, and facilities.

Employment is subject to obtaining a satisfactory National police check and Working with Children (Ochre) Card.


If you have resided in an overseas country for 12 months or more in the past 10 years, this position requires you to complete an International Criminal History check (ICHC) prior to your employment commencement date. The outcome of the initial screening check must be satisfactory.