Family Violence Counsellor OR Generalist and Family Violence Counsellor Ballarat Community Health


  • Family Violence Counsellor OR Generalist and Family Violence Counsellor
  • Ongoing
  • Part-time – Full time

About us

Ballarat Community Health is a for-purpose, not-for-profit community health organisation providing a comprehensive range of primary health services required by the local community. We work to promote health and wellbeing, and provide quality and affordable healthcare to our community, with a commitment to the most vulnerable.

We have approximately 300 staff, with seven (7) locations across Ballarat and the Western Region. Our people and our deep sense of purpose are what makes BCH a great place to work.

About the role

We are currently seeking a compassionate and experienced Family Violence Counsellor or Generalist and Family Violence Counsellor to join our dynamic team. The ideal candidate will be passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of those affected by family violence and possess the necessary skills to provide counselling and support services.


  • Provide counselling to women who are experiencing family violence and/or its lasting effects, and generalist counselling to people of all ages and identities experiencing a broad range of issues.
  • Conduct assessment, planning counselling and progress evaluation with victim/survivors of family violence using feminist, and trauma lenses, in a manner that is equitable, empowering, and culturally relevant.
  • Determine clients’ needs and develop appropriate intervention plans.
  • Offer crisis intervention and support to clients in emergency situations.
  • Collaborate with other professionals, agencies, and community resources to ensure comprehensive care for clients.
  • Maintain accurate and confidential client records in accordance with organisational policies and legal requirements.
  • Stay informed about developments in the field of family violence and trauma-informed care.
  • Participate in regular team meetings and professional development opportunities.

What you will bring to the team

  • Tertiary qualification in Counselling, Social Work, or Family Therapy
  • Eligibility for registration with PACFA, AASW, APS, or AAFT
  • Proven experience in providing family violence counselling services, preferably from a feminist perspective.
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed care and a commitment to empowering survivors.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team and community partners.
  • Sensitivity to cultural and individual differences.

Ballarat Community Health staff benefits

At Ballarat Community Health, we are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive work environment that values the well-being of both our clients and our staff. Joining our team means becoming a part of a passionate community dedicated to fostering positive change in the lives of those we serve.

Our staff benefits include:

  • Salary packaging – up to $15,900 for everyday living expenses and up to $2,650 meals and entertainment
  • Excellent working conditions with a high sense of job satisfaction
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Access to employee wellness programs and discounts
  • Social club
  • Ballarat – Australia’s most liveable regional city (RMIT 2020)

Our culture

Ballarat Community Health is a values driven organisation and you will thrive working in a culture that values respect, integrity, optimism, courage, resilience.

You will have the opportunity to be part of a highly skilled, professional, friendly and dedicated team who takes pride in providing high quality service. BCH provides a supportive environment that encourages professional growth and education in this specialist area.


To obtain a copy of the Family Violence Counsellor position description, please click here

To obtain a copy of the Generalist and Family Violence Counsellor position description, please click here

Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday 30 October 2023

For further enquiries about this role please contact Ruth Turvey, Clinical Lead Counsellor, on telephone 035338 9169

Join us in making a difference in the lives of those affected by family violence. Together, we can create a safer and healthier community.

Diversity and Inclusion

At Ballarat Community Health, we are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce where we value each person?s uniqueness. We embrace diverse life experiences and the perspectives of our people, whilst providing high-quality health care to all members of our community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, cultural background, disability, or sexual orientation.

At Ballarat Community Health, we are committed to providing positive employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and welcome employment applications from candidates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.

We strongly encourage people with disability and diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles. If we can assist you with any reasonable adjustments in order to submit your application for this role, or you need a copy of this advertisement in an accessible format, please contact the People and Culture team via email at [email protected] noting your preferred method of communication and contact details and a member of the team will be in touch.



Ballarat Community Health

Job Salary

Full time