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Senior Psychologist/Specialist Senior Psychologist - Ongoing - Kempsey Community Corrections

Organisation/Entity: Corrective Services NSW
Job Category:
  • Health - Medical Positions | Psychology
Job Location:
  • Central & North Coasts - Newcastle & Hunter Valley / Port Macquarie & Mid-North Coast
Job Reference Number: 0000696X
Work Type: Full-Time
Number of Positions: 1
Total Remuneration Package: $139,779. Package includes salary ($101,587 - $126,109), employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
Contact: Jillian.CAWOOD@justice.nsw.gov.au - Jillian Cawood
Closing Date: 04/10/2018 - 11:59 PM



·         Ongoing Full-Time

·         Location: Kempsey, NSW


About us


The Department of Justice delivers legal, court and supervision services to the people of NSW by managing courts and justice services, implementing programs to reduce crime and re offending, managing custodial and community-based correctional services, protecting rights and community standards and advising on law reform and legal matters.


Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) delivers professional correctional services and programs to reduce the risk of re-offending and enhance public safety. It serves a key function of the NSW Justice sector by providing effective, safe and humane management of offenders both in custody and in the community CSNSW also works in partnership with other government and community agencies to ensure that offenders and their families are supported.


About the role


Looking for a mid-north coast sea change? Corrective Services NSW is currently seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Senior Psychologist/Senior Specialist Psychologist..  The role is cluster based senior psychologist role, providing direct psychology services as well as supervising and managing a small team of psychologists.

The role is located at Kempsey on the Mid North Coast, and may include some travel to Taree, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour Community Corrections Offices located in lower part of the North Coast Cluster.

Corrective Services NSW Psychology Services is responsible for conducting assessments and providing interventions that address the risks, needs and responsivity issues to reduce the risk of re-offending by adult offenders in correctional centres and under community supervision.

Psychologists work as part of a team under the supervision and management of a Regional Chief Psychologist. Psychology Services work as part of a broader multidisciplinary team, while based in a primary location provide services across locations and centres within their cluster as the needs of each cluster are identified. Corrective Services provides training for specialised assessments in sexual and violent offenders.


Essential Requirements

  •  Minimum four year accredited qualification in psychology with current full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, and is eligible to be a Board-approved supervisor.
  • Proven superior skills in assessment and treatment in correctional psychology including their mental health issues, cognitive impairment, and with respect to behaviour management
  • High level of knowledge and understanding of contemporary correctional concepts, principals and practices relevant to psychology assessment and treatments
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability with regards to criminogenic risk assessments, including risks related to sex and violent offending
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the psychologists ethical and legal obligations and professional accountability particularly the Departmental policies and procedures
  • Sound knowledge and ability in the professional supervision of psychologists.
  • Current NSW Driver’s licence with ability and willingness to travel throughout NSW.


About you


The focus capabilities for the role are the capabilities in which occupants must demonstrate immediate competence and can be found on the Role Description.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Provide management and supervision to a team of psychologists. Work as part of a team of psychologists in the provision of direct psychological services to adult offenders in custody and under community supervision.
  • Provide expert and timely advice, psychological assessments, case formulation, interventions and reports on matters relating to psychology services.
  • Group skills in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy are also favourable for provision within a new program initiative in the correctional centre.
  • Develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders.


Applying for the role


To apply for this role you need to submit an application online via www.iworkfor.nsw.gov.au


When applying you will need to:


Answer the two pre-screening questions below – we are looking for you to demonstrate your competency in this focus capability.


  1. Describe in detail your experience in administering psychological assessment tools and examples of using high level clinical judgement in the assessment and management of complex cases according to scientific literature, and your understanding of psychological theories and strategies relevant for working with an offender population, such as sexual and violent offenders.


  1. Describe and give examples of your organisational and communication skills to key stakeholders in your daily duties as well as more formally in report writing.  Please attach a de identified report as an example.



Attach a resume (maximum 5 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining how you meet the requirements and capabilities of this role as specified in the role description.

Additional Information

For appointment as a Senior Specialist Psychologist you must satisfy the additional selection criteria and qualifications click here for senior specialist psychologist criteria. (please ensure you tick the box for 'specialist' and address these criteria in your written application).

Applicants may be considered for appointment at the classification/level of Senior Specialist Psychologist set out in the Crown Employees (Psychologists) Award, provided they meet the relevant criteria. This is unrelated to recognition as a specialist by AHPRA. In line with the National Laws governing the registration of health professionals in Australia, a psychologist can only use the term specialist in their job title if they are on the specialist register, even if he/she is paid as a specialist under the Award referred to above.

In accordance with the Government Employment Sector (GSE) Act 2013, all current and new employees will be employed at a classification level and assigned to a role rather than appointed to a position. Employees may be re-assigned to other roles at the same classification over time, in line with organisation priorities and/or personal development plans.

Part of the assessment process may include additional online capability testing, skills testing or work samples in accordance with the new Government Sector Employment Act 2013.


Contact: Email: Jillian.Cawood@justice.nsw.gov.au  Phone: 0419 538 338


Closing date: 4th October 11.59pm AEST


A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 12 months.