Employment OpportunitiES

We are recruiting for the following position:

Planned Support Worker

We are looking for a passionate and dynamic individual with the right mix of qualifications, skills and experience to join the SAMSN team as a Planned Support Worker. In addition to providing individual support, this position will be part of an exciting endeavour to make SAMSN services more accessible and applicable for men with disability and their supporters.

This position as full-time (part-time can be negotiated) and is for a fixed term of 12 months, starting as soon as practicable.  Work from home/office hybrid model.

You will make a real difference in the lives of men and their families, supporting them in addressing their ongoing needs. With a specific focus on supporting men with complex trauma, including men who are/have been in prison, and men with living with a disability, this will include responding to new referrals, conducting assessments of client needs in collaboration with the client and facilitating internal and external referrals, including warm referrals to other services/professionals (e.g. government departments, GP’s, mental health professionals, lawyers, and legal services). As part of a Redress Support Service, the role will provide information, support, and guidance to male survivors to assist them to access the National Redress Scheme.

Whilst the role includes ongoing individual co-advocacy and support to male survivors and their families, SAMSN values the voice of the survivor and aims to encourage and promote self-advocacy and independence in those we support.

Individual supervision, training and professional development will be provided as part of the role.

 Selection Criteria 


  • Tertiary qualification (bachelor’s degree minimum) in social work, counselling, social welfare, psychology, or related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience of working with trauma informed principles
  • Knowledge and understanding of the dynamics and impacts of child sexual abuse across the lifespan, including mental health issues, drug and alcohol issues, and relational difficulties
  • Experience in providing case management and/or counselling to survivors of childhood trauma
  • Experience with responding to people in distress
  • Knowledge of and experience of dealing with organisations and systems that provide key services and referrals such as Centrelink, housing, health services and victim services
  • Excellent verbal, written and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage your own caseload including prioritising competing demands.


Experience working with male survivors and understanding of the specific impacts of CSA for men
Eligible for related association membership (eg. AASW, ACA/PACFA, APS/APHRA)
Experience in supporting people currently in prison and/or with a criminal history
Experience working with people who have experienced childhood trauma and are living with disability, including psychosocial disabilities
Experience and knowledge of supporting survivors access the National Redress Scheme and relevant support services/organisations.

Classification and remuneration:

SCHCADS Award, Level 4.1 – 5.1
Remuneration may be negotiated and commensurate with qualifications and experience
This position is eligible for generous salary packaging benefits.

Successful applicants will be required to have a current National Police Check and a Working with Children Check.

Please note: To apply for this position, you must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia.

What we offer

We offer a small, diverse, inclusive and flexible environment, and a team of hardworking and committed colleagues you’ll be joining an organisation where you will be supported to grow, learn and develop your skills.

How to apply:

If you have any queries about this role please contact, either by email rachel@samsn.org.au or telephone 02 8355 3711.

Address your cover letter to the Senior Practitioner, Rachel Hart, and email your application along with the responses to the Selection Criteria to rachel@samsn.org.au.

Please note: Your application will only be considered if you address the selection criteria.

Applications close 29 April, 2024

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