Counsellor South West Aboriginal Medical Service


The SWAMS Mental Health and AOD team are excited to recruit for a full time counsellor. This is your chance to come and work for an award winning team that value the worker as much as we do the people who utilise our services. Along with a competitive salary SWAMS provide generous salary packaging options and professional development opportunities. Case loads are more than manageable with a maximum of 4 client appointments per day, and you would also find comfort in a great team culture with friendly and supportive peers where your skills, dignity, and respect will be honoured. Sounds like a dream job? Pretty close to it.

The minimum qualification for counselling is at Diploma level. So we invite all applicants that want to make a real difference within the Aboriginal community to come and give us an opportunity to employ you.

Please find below the selection criteria:

Essential Criteria

  • The minimum standard to delivery counselling services is Diploma level and above:
    • Must hold a minimum of Diploma in Counselling from a certified education provider which is Australian Counselling Approved
    • Must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s in social work from a certified education provider which is Australian Association of Social Workers approved
    • Must hold a minimum of Diploma in Alcohol and other Drug from a certified education provider which is Australian Counselling Approved
    • Must hold a bachelor’s in psychology from a certified education provider which is approved by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Any other qualification not related to health will not be considered for the position
  • If you are not registered by a professional body, you must be willing to immediately apply for registration
  • Must be honest, transparent, and always display a high level of integrity
  • Extensive knowledge of the impacts of past removal policies on Aboriginal people and communities, and the impacts of intergenerational trauma.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage risk.
  • Ability to time manage counselling caseload
  • Willingness to complete all required data collection relevant to the position.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Sound interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships within a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Current Working with Children Check, or the ability to obtain.
  • Current WA Driver’s Licence.
  • Current National Police Certificate, or the ability to obtain.


  • Hold accreditation with the AASW or specific field of service governing body, with the possession of a Medicare Provider Number (or working towards);
  • Membership with the Australian Counselling Association or equivalent
  • In addition to a good salary, ongoing training/learning opportunities and Salary Sacrifice are available for the right candidate.

All candidates must have a current WA Driver’s License, WWCC and will be required to undertake a National Police Check prior to beginning employment.

The preferred candidate will also be required to provide a clear drug and alcohol screen prior to offer of employment.

SWAMS offers above award wages, salary sacrificing and packaging options, generous uniform allowance, professional development opportunities and a flexible and autonomous working environment.

For Information

For further information about this position, please telephone Human Resources on (08) 9797 8111 during normal business hours.

To Apply

To apply for this role please forward your Letter of application, addressing the selection criteria and your current CV to [email protected] or please visit ‘Careers’ and follow the online application process.

Applications must be received by 5pm Sunday, 20th of August 2023.

SWAMS reserves the right to withdraw this advertisement prior to the stated closing date.



South West Aboriginal Medical Service

Job Salary

Full time