The Court Child Expert (formerly known as Family Consultant) is a critical role within Australia’s family law system.
Staff holding the position of Court Child Expert have a statutory appointment to the role of ‘family consultant’ as defined in Section 11 Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), and an authorisation to deliver services as a ‘family counsellor’ and a ‘family dispute resolution practitioner’ as defined in Section 10 Family Law Act 1975.
Why become a Court Child Expert?
With the recent launch of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, this is an exciting opportunity to be part of the largest family court reforms since the introduction of the Family Law Act in 1975. These reforms have seen the Court Children’s Service (formally known as Child Dispute Services) being expanded, and its role broadened, so as to enhance the assistance it provides to families and judicial officers making decisions about arrangements that are in the best interests of children.
Court Child Experts are playing an active part in a number of world leading initiatives designed to ensure safe and effective outcomes for families, both during proceedings and into the future. Key to this has been the introduction of non-reportable interventions, in addition to the admissible assessments that Court Child Experts undertake.
New Court Child Experts are provided with a supportive and structured induction program. In addition, high quality professional development (including in dispute resolution) and ongoing professional supervision is provided to all Court Child Experts.
What does a Court Child Expert do?
Court Child Experts undertake a range of activities within the provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 including:
· conducting child-centred preliminary and comprehensive family assessments, including conducting interviews and observations with children
· providing evidence to the Courts as an expert witness in the form of written reports and/or oral testimony
· undertaking risk screening and risk assessment to assist in case management and safety planning
· assisting parties to resolve or narrow the issues in dispute through participation in parenting conferences or other dispute resolution processes
· providing advice to parties and the Courts regarding external support services for children and families
Applicants must have:
· A recognised degree in social work and eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers, or a degree in psychology with general registration with Ahpra
· Five years post graduate, relevant clinical experience working with children and families.
· A clearance for working with children as required within the relevant state/territory scheme
In addition to rewarding work and competitive remuneration, the Senior Court Child Expert position offers the following benefits:
For more information on the position, and application requirements, please visit the court’s website at: https://www.fedcourt.gov.au/about/employment/job-vacancies
Applications close 24 October 2021