About Laurel House
Laurel House provides a range of trauma-informed, evidence based, therapeutic services to victim-survivors of sexual assault.
We deliver a broad range of programs to adults, young people and children including the provision of therapeutic face to face counselling at our centres located at Launceston, Devonport, and Burnie, a 24-hour Support Service, forensic and legal victim support, and we have an expanding education, preventative, and early intervention program.
Laurel House is experiencing significant organisational growth including being a key partner in the State Government’s Multidisciplinary Centre in Launceston, subcontractor for the statewide harmful sexual behaviour program for children and young people, and renewed funding for our disability project through the Australian Government.
Our team is highly skilled, experienced, supportive and fun, and work collaboratively to support victim-survivors to live their best lives and to prevent sexual assault in our community.
Your New Role
Laurel House is seeking an experienced and committed counselling professional to become a valued member of the Laurel House sexual assault counselling team in Burnie. Flexibility for a part-time or full-time position aligned within a current grant agreement (fixed-term contract from October 2023 – June 2024).
Our counsellors provide specialist clinical, support and advocacy services to victim-survivors of sexual assault and their non-offending family members and support system. They may also participate in outreach services and educational program delivery.
Our counsellors have access to both internal and external supervision, generous professional development budgets and the support of our highly skilled team.
Do You Have The Following?
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in counselling, social work, psychology, or equivalent qualification, or occupational therapy with mental health accreditation.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the impacts and dynamics of sexual assault and experience in trauma-informed counselling.
- Experience working with and counselling adult, young people and/or children who have been impacted by sexual assault and violence.
- Demonstrated experience in crisis intervention. This would include a demonstrated ability to effectively intervene, prioritise and manage crisis situations.
- A commitment to inclusive practice and proven capacity to meet the diverse needs of clients.
- Ability to quickly acquire a working knowledge of Tasmanian legislation and policies pertaining to sexual assault, child protection and family violence.
- Demonstrated commitment to maintaining a child and youth safe organisation and to promoting the rights of children and young people.
What Are The Benefits?
As a valued member of the counselling team, you will be supported in your role. We offer:
- A challenging and rewarding role, working alongside victim-survivors of sexual assault.
- Flexible working conditions.
- Competitive salary and not-for-profit salary packaging provisions.
- The opportunity to extend your skills and knowledge through generous training budget and regular professional supervision (both internal and paid external).
- Relocation allowance may be available for those moving from interstate or Southern Tasmania.
As a Public Benevolent Institution, Laurel House employees receive tax-effective salary packaging opportunities including $15,899 each year tax free. This means you can increase the value of your take-home pay.
Remuneration is in accordance with the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 Level 6.1 to 6.3 (depending on your experience).
All employment is subject to the successful candidate holding or obtaining a current satisfactory National Police and Working with Vulnerable People check.
A current Drivers Licence is essential.
For More Information
Please refer to our website, www.laurelhouse.org.au, for an overview of our service, and to view a copy of the position description.
Contact our Operations Manager, Claire Tonks on 03 6334 2740 or
Counselling Lead – North West, Sharon King on 03 6431 9711.
How To Apply
To apply for the position Sexual Assault Support Counsellor, you will need to submit:
- A cover letter addressing the selection criteria (contained within the PD), no more than three pages in total.
- Your current Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
- Names and contact details of two referees who have a thorough knowledge of your work performance. These will be contacted only following your expressed permission.
Applications are to be submitted by email to [email protected] using the line: Sexual Assault Support Counsellor – Burnie.
Applications close: Wednesday 27th September 2023