Family Violence and Sexual Assault Graduate Program 2023 Wayss


  • Learn, contribute and make a difference from day on
  • Exciting 12 month Graduate opportunity in the Family Violence Sector
  • Join a leading and growing Community Services organisation
  • Pakenham location
  • Competitive Salary
  • Generous salary packaging benefit up to $15,900
  • Five weeks annual leave plus generous personal leave entitlements
  • Friendly and Inclusive Rainbow Tick Accredited Organisation

About the Graduate Program
The Program provides a dedicated pathway for new and recent graduates into the family violence, sexual assault and primary prevention sectors, supporting graduates to gain practical skills and knowledge while also receiving additional training and development support.  
In addition to state-wide learning and networking opportunities, graduates are supported by a dedicated Learning and Development Facilitator and have access to learning and development opportunities with other graduates throughout the year. This includes an induction session at the commencement of the Program and monthly community of practice sessions. Graduates also have access to a funding allocation to support their ongoing learning and development over a 12-month period.  
To meet the eligibility requirements for the 2023 Family Violence and Sexual Assault Graduate Program, graduates must have completed all course requirements (or will do so before commencing in the Program) or have completed their qualifications within the last two years.
If you are relocating for the Program, you may also be eligible for a $1,500 contribution towards costs associated with your relocation.  
For more information on the Program, you can visit Family violence jobs – for Graduates.
About Wayss 
Wayss is the largest provider of homelessness, housing and family violence services in the South East Melbourne area.  We exist so people can live a life free from family violence and have access to safe,  sustainable and affordable housing.  Our vision is to be the major provider of social housing services and leading edge client support programs in the Southern Melbourne Metropolitan region.  

We deliver funded services and programs across the South East of Melbourne including the local government areas of Greater Dandenong, Frankston, Casey and Cardinia.   

Wayss Family Violence Programs 
Operating across multiple sites, Wayss Family Violence program deliver a range of services in response to victim survivors, including children and families experiencing or escaping family violence.  These include:  

  • Rapid Response, including after-hours support
  • Risk Assessment and Safety Planning
  • Intake, Assessment and Referral
  • Case management support  
  • RAMP coordination and intensive case management  
  • Personal Safety Initiative  
  • Family Violence refuge and post crisis housing options  
  • Women’s outreach program  
  • Children’s support and therapeutic work  
  • Family Advocacy and Support Services (FASS)
  • Family violence capacity building
  • Victim survivor and family responses via The Orange Door 

About the Opportunity 
The graduate position is located within the Family Violence Response program at Pakenham. 

As a graduate, you will develop skills and capabilities to confidently: 

  • Participate in structured professional development and practice supervision programs to develop skills and expertise  
  • Depending on the program placement, tasks may include client risk and safety assessments, L17 response, early intervention and rapid response, outreach services, case management, planning and assessment and developing safety plans  
  • Provide interventions to assist clients with setting goals and implementing strategies to remain safe, resilient and solve problems  
  • Work collaboratively as a member of high performing teams in a networked work environment  
  • Facilitate referral to specialist and community services to ensure that appropriate wrap around support is in place based on client needs  
  • Provide or facilitate practical technology based or face to face outreach support for victim survivors of family violence  
  • Ensuring the health and safety of self and others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and Wayss policies and procedures.

About you 
As a new graduate, you will bring the following: 

  • Completed a tertiary qualification in Social Work at Bachelor’s degree level or above within the last two years
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills  
  • Continuously curious and open to new learning and professional growth  
  • Demonstrated capacity to be proactive and readily take on responsibility for getting things done  
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work as a contributing team member  
  • Ability to manage a caseload and prioritise appropriately using a priority tool  
  • Commitment to evidence-based practice
  • Ability to be self-directed with accessing a variety of resources needed for learning  
  • Ability to contribute to improving service delivery and practice that support better outcomes for victim survivors  
  • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills  
  • Computer skills, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.  

The successful graduate will require a current Driver’s Licence and valid ‘Employment’ category – Working with Children Check Card. The candidate will need to have successfully completed Wayss pre-employment screening, a police check and provide evidence of full Covid-19 vaccination compliance. 

For further information, please refer to the Position Description by visiting 
Applications close 9am, 31 December 2022. 
Please ensure you include a covering letter, outlining your interest in the graduate position at Wayss. Enquiries about the position can be directed to Angela Temba, Manager, Family Violence Response Program on 0413167987

Working for Wayss 
Our people are our greatest asset. Without them, we would be unable to make a meaningful impact in the lives of people facing homelessness and family violence. This is our motivation in offering a range of benefits to ensure we hire and retain great people. 
Wayss is proud to be an inclusive and child safe organisation.  
Wayss is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to being an organisation that embraces a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion within our workforce and approach to service delivery. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic communities, people of all ages and LGBTIQ people.  Wayss is a proud Rainbow Tick accredited organisation that welcomes everyone across the LGBTIQ community.