Department of Education

This is an exciting opportunity to work within the Student Support Services team!

We are Seeking applications from candidates at AHP3 level to work in a full-time capacity in one of our school-based sites located in Port Lincoln.

The AHP3 Senior Social Worker will have a project plan which will guide work with preschools and/or schools to provide proactive and targeted services to support children and young people with wellbeing, attendance and engagement concerns and their families.

The role may support the recruitment of social workers and relevant site staff providing induction, professional support, development, and supervision with a focus on meeting professional and service delivery standards.

The Senior Social Worker contributes to the state-wide social work leadership team, engages in professional supervision with a suitably qualified Social Worker and is a member of the site leadership team.

What you will do:

  • Provide effective and efficient professional support, development, and supervision of social worker positions, including student placements and relevant site staff.
  • Implement, monitor, and evaluate professional and service delivery standards.
  • Apply comprehensive assessment processes to identify needs and determine priorities for service.
  • Apply professional knowledge and judgment in the selection and adaptation of evidence-based interventions.
  • Provide a broad range of professional and proactive services across a range of service settings at the group, whole site, and community level.
  • Manage and prioritise personal workload by developing workload management plans and efficiency initiatives.
  • Proactively seek opportunities to improve work practices and services.
  • Seek client feedback on services and respond positively to client complaints and feedback.
  • Contribute to discipline-specific and multi-professional research, service development, innovative practices, initiatives, and advances of techniques used.
  • Consult and liaise with non-government and other government organisations in the provision of services.
  • Contribute to the provision of strategic information for the department by the analysis and interpretation of local data on behalf of site and/or Student Support Services Leadership.
  • Help to maintain a safe and healthy working environment.


  • Essential an appropriate degree or equivalent which gives eligibility for full membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Special Conditions: 

Please note to be employed by the department, applicants must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical exemption endorsed by the Chief Public Health Officer (or delegate). Unvaccinated people must comply with conditions for unvaccinated people as outlined in the Department’s website. Proof of vaccination status must be provided for sighting on request.

The successful applicant is required to gain a Department for Human Services (DHS) working with children check (WWCC) prior to being employed which is required to be renewed every five years before expiry.

The incumbent will be required to undertake RRHAN –EC (Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect – Education Care) Facilitator Lead (Masterclass) extended course or the online (Fundamentals) course which will be required to be updated every three years.

For all other Special Conditions please refer to the Role Description.

Additional successful applications may be retained in a Social Worker employment pool for the duration of the school term.

Enquiries can be directed to Ruth Naughton, A/Principal Social Worker on Tel: (08) 8314-4000 or Email:

For further information and details on how to apply for this vacancy, please go to and search for vacancy number 510589.

The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

Closing date is 29 November 2022 at 06:00 pm.

To apply for this job please visit