Respect Officer The University of Western Australia


  • Excellent opportunity to make a difference and join a dynamic team
  • Level 6, full-time appointment on an ongoing basis  
  • Base salary range: $87,460 – $92,430 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team

The Division of Student Life sits within the UWA Education Portfolio, overseen by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Education. Together with the Division of Student Accommodation and Community, Student Life plays an integral role in the shared strategic goal of providing a world class student experience. 

The Division has five core functions, Student Administration, Student Offices, International Student Experience and Global Learning, Student Equity and Success, and Student Wellbeing and Engagement. The scope of services centre on the student journey, from the provision of student programs and activities that support and promote access to UWA, to student enrolment, course planning, transition, and progression through the lifecycle of study to graduation. The Division is also responsible for the delivery of services that promote academic success and support wellbeing and engagement for an enhanced student experience. Student Life works closely with the Student Guild, affiliated residential colleges and the wider UWA Education portfolio.

The Student Wellbeing and Engagement teams facilitates a high-quality student experience through the provision of integrated and comprehensive services. The Wellbeing team is responsible for the delivery of the UWA Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework focusing on opportunities for early intervention and timely access to low barrier services. Student Wellbeing has four broad areas of Counselling services; early intervention services and cohort initiatives in Student Wellbeing; Student Engagement and the provision of a contemporary onboarding experience and the creation of a Safe and Respectful Communities team, as a priority strategic initiative.

About the opportunity

As the appointee you will, under general direction, act as a first point of contact for students who wish raise issues affecting their studies, including, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or family and domestic violence. You will listen and provide information and advice regarding reporting options that will assist students in making informed decisions regarding the options available to them.

You will also contribute to the provision of advice to the University community on mitigation of risks associated with student related gender-based violence.  

About you 

Use your mental health clinical and training experience and your passion for working with young adults to promote and enhance a safe and respectful University community

To be considered for this opportunity, you will demonstrate:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification or demonstrated equivalent competency
  • Eligible for registration with an associated professional organisation such as PACAWA /PACFA; or the Australian Association of Social Workers (Mental Health Social Worker)
  • Substantial relevant experience working with and responding to disclosures of sexual assault/harassment, and family and domestic violence at an appropriate level
  • Sound knowledge of sexual and gender-based violence, responding to disclosures, the causes and drivers of gender-based violence and how it is prevented
  • Understanding of trauma informed response requirements, and experience in front line responding with highly developed interpersonal skills evidencing empathy, compassion and respect for others
  • Experience in the development and delivery of programs, training and initiatives aimed at community education
  • Ability to assess risk and refer for therapeutic interventions appropriate to client presentations

About your application

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description:  POSITION DESCRIPTION – Respect Officer – Level 6 .pdf

The content of your Resume and Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria.

You may also submit an additional statement (1-page max) outlining any personal circumstances which should be considered when assessing your application. Applicants who have experienced periods of academic/professional interruption or other relevant events can include a description of achievements relative to opportunity in this statement.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Wednesday, 13 September 2023

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Fiona McAuliffe at [email protected]

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace.  We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution.  We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for children aged 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 




The University of Western Australia

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