Social Worker Department for Child Protection


Role Status: Full-time term and ongoing vacancies available


AHP1/PO1 ($66,469 – $81,142 p.a. + 11% Super)
AHP2 ($85,665 – $99,241 p.a. + 11% Super)
PO2 ($85,665 – $94,801p.a. + 11% Super)

Role Details

Are you an experienced Allied Health Professional or Graduate looking to take the challenge and/or next step in your career?

The Department for Child Protection Port Augusta, Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Port Pirie and Ceduna offices are currently seeking Social Workers, Case Managers, Senior Social Workers and Senior Case Managers to join their employment pool.

In this role you will work within a team to respond to the needs of children and their families by undertaking high quality case management in accordance with statutory guidelines.

This is a unique opportunity to assist families by working in partnership with them to support the safe return of their children to their care and to work directly with children in care to assure their development, stability and security at all times.

About You

We are looking for a motivated, organised individual who has the ability to understand factors that contribute to child abuse within the context of child development, parenting, family and environmental factors and confidently apply this understanding to your work and the decisions you make.

You need to be a good communicator and have the ability to develop strong networks with key professionals and families. You will also have the ability to apply culturally sensitive child protection practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and community from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

About the Business

The Department for Child Protection (DCP) plays a key role in the protection of children, young people and their families within South Australia. The department provides support to vulnerable children and young people to be safe, strong and connected.

The Regions:

Consider relocating to one of our regional locations where the possibilities are endless, from stunning natural landscapes, kilometres of pristine coastline and untouched bushland an abundance of sporting and leisure activities  – there are endless possibilities to create a laid back lifestyle with more.

Port Augusta

Port Augusta is 307 km from Adelaide and takes just over 3 hours to drive or a short 50 minute flight from Adelaide. The Port Augusta office employs approximately 34 people and is one of six offices in the region. As a member of this office you will work with other professionals to deliver services to Port Augusta, Iron Knob, Roxby Downs, Woomera, Andamooka, Quorn, Leigh Creek, Hawker and up to Maree (and everywhere else in-between!).

To find out more about the benefits of working in the region, visit working with DCP in Port Augusta.


Whyalla is located 395kms North West from Adelaide on Eyre Peninsula’s Spencer Gulf or a short 30 minute flight from Adelaide. The town’s population of 22,000 makes it the third most populous city in the state of South Australia behind Adelaide and Mt Gambier.

To find out more about the benefits of working in the region, visit working with DCP in Whyalla.

Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln is located 647 km from Adelaide and takes approximately 7 hours to drive. Port Lincoln is situated on Boston Bay, one of the largest protected natural harbours in the world three times the size of Sydney Harbour.

To find out more about the benefits of working in the region, visit working with DCP in Port Lincoln.


Ceduna is 780km west of Adelaide, South Australia and 480km east from the Western Australia boarder

Take advantage of the pristine Coast and undeveloped bushland areas. Enjoy camping, fishing, surfing and day trips in the spectacular South Australian Outback. To find out more about the benefits of working in the region, visit working with DCP in Ceduna.

Port Pirie

Port Pirie is a seaport on the east coast of the Spencer Gulf, 223 km north of Adelaide and has a population of just over 17,000 people. The Council area includes the city of Port Pirie, a historically significant city and busy commercial regional centre, as well as the rural towns of Crystal Brook, Redhill, Koolunga, Wandearah, Mundoora, Napperby and Warnertown.

This is a unique opportunity to work alongside the local community and support good outcomes for that community. To find out more about the benefits of working in the region, visit working with DCP in Port Pirie.

Special Conditions


AHP (Social Worker): A degree level qualification in Social Work which gives eligibility for full membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

PO (Case Manager): Appropriate degree qualification in Community Services, Social Sciences, Human Services, Health or related field.

Persons of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, who have the appropriate background and skills but do not have the essential qualification, may apply for and be engaged/assigned to the role of Social Worker and will be entitled to apply for any Allied Health Professional roles requiring a qualification in Social Work within the Department for Child Protection (DCP).

To be appointed directly to the AHP2 level, successful candidates must demonstrate increased professional expertise, competence and experience to perform any standard professional task within the discipline. Candidates will have also attained greater specialised knowledge within the discipline, which enables them to provide professional services to client groups in circumstances requiring increasingly complex practice skills.

About the Pool

We are establishing a pool of suitable candidates who have successfully completed a selection process for this role. Should you be successful, you will be advised (in writing) that you have been recommended onto this pool. The pool will remain active for 12 months and during this time you may be contacted and offered employment. You are not required to accept any or all offers made to you, and DCP does not guarantee an offer of employment.

Watch our explainer video on recruitment pools.

Please note: DCP reserves the right to advertise similar positions outside of this pool process.

To find out more about this role, including the key selection criteria and special conditions, please click on the ‘apply’ button.

Natasha Athanasiou, Directorate Business Manager on 0417 074 901 or email: [email protected]

The department values an inclusive workplace that embraces diversity and strongly encourages applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, people with disability, and people from the LGBTQI+ community.

To apply for this role, please click the ‘apply’ button to be re-directed to the DCP Career Portal.



Department for Child Protection

Job Salary

Full time