Family Visits Support Worker – Dhurringile Prison Vacro



  • Deliver the voluntary Family Visits Program in Victorian prisons and support families who are vulnerable or at risk
  • Dhurringile lead, 0.4FTE (2 days per week) until 30 June 2025 with a proposed extension to 30 June 2026
  • $93,860 + Superannuation (SCHADS Award 2010 – Level 5 pay point depending on qualifications and experience)
  • Values driven not-for-profit organisation offering salary packaging and leave loading


VACRO is a non-government, non-denominational organisation working with people in contact with the criminal justice system and their families.

Founded in 1872 (as the Discharged Prisoners’ Aid Society of Victoria), VACRO works closely with government and non-profit organisations.


The Family Visits Program aims to promote family connectedness, build and strengthen women’s engagement skills, and cultivate positive pro-social relationships through video sessions. Bring your well-developed interpersonal skills and passion to support families impacted by the justice system.

This position offers flexible working arrangements including prison-based work at Dhurringile prison and remote/ work from home. However, there may be occasional work at other locations on an as needed basis. Occasional evening work is required.

This role involves service delivery of a new program so flexibility to adapt to changes for continued success of the program is essential.


  • Tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Justice or other relevant field
  • Experience working with complex clients particularly those who have been in contact with the criminal justice system and their families.
  • Demonstrated ability working with vulnerable families with a focus on family strengthening and reunification
  • Knowledge of Family Violence and Child Information Sharing Scheme
  • Demonstrated ability to work within complex stakeholder environments
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, clients and stakeholders
  • Excellent computer literacy, including an ability to provide technical support to families as needed.


VACRO is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to staff wellbeing. We provide extensive on-boarding training and ongoing professional development for staff, amongst other benefits.

This role is classified at Level 5 (pay point dependent on qualifications and experience) SCHADS 2010 Award.


In your application, please address the key selection criteria (Cover letter) in this advertisement and include a current Resume.

For a copy of the position description or questions about this role direct your enquiries to [email protected] using the subject line: Family Visits Support Worker – Dhurringile Prison enquiry via Seek.

We reserve the right to interview before if we receive the right applications.

Applicants with lived experience of the criminal system are encouraged to apply.

Applications close Sunday, 30 July 2023 at 5.00 pm.