International Student Social Worker

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International Student Social Worker

Job Description

  • Provide positive health experiences and holistic care for international students
  • Part-time (0.8), fixed term position until Dec 2022 at our Hawthorn campus 
  • Attractive salary plus 17% superannuation 

About the Role 
We are looking for a dedicated Mental Health Social Worker to play an integral part of the rapidly growing Counselling and Psychological Services of Wellbeing at Swinburne. 
You will be responsible for working with International students as part of a wide range of international student support activities to be undertaken across Swinburne University in 2022 with funding from the Victorian Government’s International Education Resilience Fund, and provide a holistic care in accordance with the core values of Swinburne’s Health & Wellbeing area.

As our Mental Health Social Worker, you will deliver an advanced level of case management, psychosocial assessment and interventions for students, staff and their families, as well as take part in the development and implementation of activities in line with the mental health strategies promoted by Wellbeing at Swinburne. You will provide counselling sessions and positive health experiences for staff, students, and the wider community.

The aim of the position is to provide improved access to mental health services, deliver specialised mental health care and promote recovery. The dominant patient population is young adults and is culturally diverse. The incumbent is required to be flexible in hours to cover practice working hours, which are 9:00am to 5:00pm.

About You  
To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities: 

  • Extensive experience in case management, provision of mental health essential care, including completion of mental health assessments, crisis management, and therapeutic interventions based on current evidence-based approaches.
  • Experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse background.
  • High-level communication, written and verbal, with demonstrated high level of interpersonal skills with clients, their families and all health care professionals.
  • Experience working in tertiary education or with young adults will be highly regarded.


  • Social Worker registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of Victorian and National Legislation governing area of practice (e.g. Mental Health Act, Vic 2014)
  • Basic first Aid and CPR certificate

About Swinburne University of Technology 
Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

To Apply 
Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing why you believe you are suitable for this position.  

For further information about this role and to review the position description; please click 'apply' or click onto it at the bottom of the advert.

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on  

Applications Close: Sunday, 3rd July 2022 at 5pm.

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.   

Diversity and Inclusion
Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our equity and diversity website

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact Maree Norden, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

For any support please contact our Aboriginal Employment Coordinator at or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

Vaccination Requirements 
Orders from Victoria’s Minister for Health require all Swinburne workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the Pandemic COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Specified Workers) 2021 Order (No. 1). All applicants must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.  

We are a 2022 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant.

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