Regulation 7 Family Consultant

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Regulation 7 Family Consultant

Job Description


Are you an experienced clinician who wants to work in a role that directly promotes the best interests of children? 

Are you looking for a clinical role that is flexible and can work around your other commitments, such as caring responsibilities?

The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (soon to be the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia) are seeking experienced registered psychologists and qualified social workers to provide high quality family assessment reports for Court.

Successful applicants would not be employees of the Court but will be appointed as Family Consultants pursuant to Regulation 7 of the Family Law Regulations 1984 (Cth), for the purpose of  providing Family Reports, for which they are paid in accordance with a set schedule of fees. They would also be required, on occasion, to attend Court hearings for the purpose of providing evidence under cross examination in relation to those reports. A fee is also paid for this.

Family Reports are ordered by the Court to assist in making decisions about parenting in family law proceedings. The Family Consultant interviews and observes adults and children in order to assess risk factors and family dynamics relevant to the issues in dispute. They then provide a formal report to assist the Court in establishing what arrangements are in the best interests of children.

The Regulation 7 Family Consultant is:

  • supported by clinical guidelines and other resources
  • provided with regular professional development opportunities
  • provided with a comprehensive orientation to the role upon their appointment.

Interested clinicians must have a minimum of five years’ post graduate experience in working with children and families, and have access to appropriate consulting rooms. Experience in writing assessment reports is desirable.

Applications are sought from experienced clinicians in metropolitan and regional areas of Australia (with the exception of Western Australia), in particular Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Brisbane, Mildura, Bendigo, Shepparton, Ballarat, Geelong, Warrnambool, East Gippsland, Melbourne, Dandenong, Canberra, Wagga, Dubbo, Riverina, Central West, South Coast and Northern NSW, Wollongong, Sydney, Parramatta and Adelaide.

If you are interested in learning more about this role please email and request an information pack. 

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