Child & Family Wellbeing Service- Child Advocacy Officer – Advocacy & Kinship Services

Applications close May 31, 2024

People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Permanent – full time position
  • Based in Alice Springs with extensive some to NPY lands as required.
  • Generous Leave Entitlements; free access to Employee Assistance program, further salary packaging benefits
  • Relocation Assistance provided
  • Total Remuneration: $99,068.68 – $111,291.31 per annum (including superannuation and retention bonus, salary packaging benefits)


Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council was founded and is still led, governed and directed by women from the NPY region. It was created to give a voice to women across 26 desert communities in the cross-border regions of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. Today, we continue to provide progressive, innovative and evidence-based work in service delivery, advocacy and support.

At its core NPY Women’s Council is about family and community – walytja. Our purpose is to work with women, children and their families of the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara region in central Australia. Our role is to work side by side and help increase their capacity to lead safe and healthy lives with improved life choices.


NPY Women’s Council is now recruiting for a Child Advocacy Officer to assist members and staff negotiate Child Protection systems across the tristate area of SA, NT and WA.  Sitting in the Child and Family Wellbeing Service (CFWS), the position works primarily with families where children have been removed through child protection interventions, advocating for families in regards to:

  • access arrangements and support;
  • legal assistance;
  • information gathering;
  • kinship carer identification;
  • referrals out; and
  • reunification.

This position takes a rights based approach and commits to the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle, that children are best placed within family, community and culture.


As someone who has experience in advocacy, community development or case management, you will have the ability to acquire an understanding of child protection systems.  You have a commitment to using a rights based approach in your work, and your knowledge and experience gives you confidence in advocating for others.

Ideally, you will have a tertiary qualification in Social Work, Law, Community Development or Public Health, and be passionate about working alongside Anangu.

This is your opportunity to make a real impact alongside a dedicated, skilled and supportive group of people.  The organisation is committed to working within the NPY lands for the benefit of Anangu in the region and you will work in an environment and landscape unique to Australia.

You will receive a comprehensive orientation program as well as best practice supervision and professional development that includes vicarious trauma, case management and four-wheel drive training.  We also provide critical incident debriefing and a range of counselling services to support you.

In addition to this, we offer a generous remuneration package.  You will receive an above award salary, additional superannuation, salary packaging benefits, 5 weeks of annual leave, 5 days of additional leave, 15 days of personal leave (to care for you and your family) and a retention bonus.  We also provide NPYWC accommodation and use of a company vehicle whilst travelling.


  • Please complete the online application form below and submit both a comprehensive covering letter and resume as part of your application.
  • To view the position description please click here: Child Advocacy Officer
  • For initial enquiries about the role, please contact Gemma Harvey, (Manager CFWS) on 0428 110 249
  • Please note we will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis.

Due to the number of applications we receive we are only able to respond to candidates who have been shortlisted.