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A custom made painting titled "They Gather at Laurel Place"by the artist Beverly Ash Gilbert.  The image depicts in bright colours women, children and families gathering around a laurel tree under a full moon.
Sexual Assault Counsellor 
Moreton Bay

Morayfield, Brisbane QLD

Psychology, Counselling & Social Work (Healthcare & Medical)

Full time

$47.50–$49.65 per hour + Super & Salary Sacrifice

Sexual Assault Counsellors x 2

5 days per week - 30 month contract

  • 9:00am to 5:00pm 

  • SCHADS award - Level 5 + Superannuation + Salary Sacrifice 

  • Located in our Moreton Bay office 

  • Applications close: 5pm Wednesday 7th February 2024

Applications are sought for Sexual Assault Counsellors at our Moreton Bay office to support women, men, and young people, aged 12 years and older, who have been impacted by recent or past sexual violence, as well as their non-offending supporters/carers. The roles will provide a range of both in-person and remote (e.g., telephone, video conference), trauma-informed therapeutic intervention and support. Travel to other Laurel Place offices will be required at times, and may also include outreach services where demand requires this option. The positions are subject to the successful completion of a 6-month probationary period and ongoing funding.

Organisational Environment:

Laurel Place Inc. is funded by The Department of Justice and Attorney General as well as the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs. Laurel place is governed by a Board drawn from the local community. The service employs just under 40 staff across four programs and four locations in Maroochydore, Gympie, Murgon as well as Moreton Bay.

The service provides a range of options to women, men, children, young people, families and the community that work towards reducing the impact and incidence of sexual violence in the Sunshine Coast, Gympie, South Burnett, and Moreton Bay Regions. Laurel Place also operates Women’s Space from the Maroochydore location which provides support to women who have experienced all forms of gendered violence.

The service also focuses on providing education, information and resources to target groups and wider community. 

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide trauma-informed, culturally sensitive therapeutic counselling and support as well as crisis intervention when required to women and men, aged 12 years and older, who have experienced recent or historical sexual assault.

  • Complete comprehensive, trauma informed initial assessments to clients aged 12 years and over, in person, remotely (via telephone and video) and outreach including risk assessments (sexual assault, child safety, DFV and suicide).   

  • Provide therapeutic support to clients engaging in reporting and legal processes, and where appropriate, support clients to access relevant medical and forensic services, providing practical support as required. 

  • Provide brief intervention and support to non-offending supporters of people who have experienced recent sexual assault. 

  • Work collaboratively with community, sector partners and other relevant agencies and stakeholders, including Queensland Police Service to improve outcomes for survivors of sexual violence. 

  • Ensure the collection of statistical data is accurate and relevant and report same to the Team Leader.

  • Participate in training, case planning/review and regular supervision. 

  • Work collaboratively with other members of the Laurel Place Team including the First Response and Adult Teams to help foster and support an organisational wide team spirit, and achieve improved outcome for clients.  

Selection Criteria: 


  1. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology or similar, and experience in the field of sexual violence or similar. 

  2. Demonstrated understanding of the gendered nature of sexual violence and its impact at both an individual and societal level.

  3. Demonstrated experience providing trauma informed, therapeutic interventions and support to victim-survivors over the age of 12 and their non-offending family members, supporters and carers

  4. Well-developed skills in risk assessment, case formulation, and treatment planning. 

  5. Demonstrated (or ability to acquire) knowledge of forensic, reporting, and legal processes associated with sexual violence offences.

  6. Demonstrated ability in providing sensitive and appropriate therapeutic interventions to people from diverse background including Aboriginal; Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, and gender diverse people. 

  7.  High level skills and demonstrated experience and ability to establish collaborative relationships with key stakeholders to ensure best outcomes for clients. 

  8. Highly developed inter-personal and written communication skills. 

  9. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team environment. 

  10. Desirable: Demonstrated ability to develop and co-facilitate a range of therapeutic and educational group programs including community education.


  • Must possess (or be eligible for) a working with children check – Positive Notice Blue Card

  • Current Open Qld Driver’s Licence

  • Eligibility to work in Australia

  Please forward your CV, Cover Letter and addressed Selection Criteria to 


Applications close 5pm Monday 3rd June 2024.

Only applications who address the selection criteria will be considered.

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