Purpose of Position
The Family Consultant's role is to undertake specialised family assessments and provide written or oral reports in order to assist Judicial Officers in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia in making decisions about children whose parents are in dispute about post separation parenting arrangements.
Key Responsibilities and Duties
The successful applicant is required to work as part of the Child Dispute Services Team. This is a position, however, where Family Consultants are expected to work independently with complex families. High-level written and oral communication skills are required. Family Consultants are required to manage a significant number of cases with complex issues, within the Court’s case management framework.
Family Consultants undertake a range of activities within the provisions of the Family Law Act and in accordance with the Courts’ policy, including:
provision of a range of interventions, depending on the needs of the particular children and their families and the stage in the Courts’ proceedings
preparation of child focussed family assessment reports and provision of evidence to the Courts as an expert witness
liaison and consultation on case management with judicial chambers, legal representatives and other professionals
provision of advice to Court regarding external support services for children and families
participation in on-going professional supervision and professional development programs, including the Peer Support Program
participation in planning and evaluation of new projects
performance of administrative and related duties, and
provision of evidence-based, social science knowledge during trials.
Participation in the Courts’ Performance Development Scheme is a requirement and continued employment will be subject to satisfactory performance. The successful applicant must have an ability to work within the Court environment and be committed to the Courts’ Strategic Plan, Client Service Charter and client service improvement initiatives.
Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years post-graduate experience working with children and their families, including child and family relationship assessment. The successful applicant would be expected to undertake his or her own word processing and computer data entry.
For an information package, which includes more about the position, contact officer details, and how to apply, please visit the Court's website at www.federalcourt.gov.au
Applications Close 7 April 2017