Practitioner, The Orange Door

  • Full time (Ongoing and 12 month fixed term opportunities)
  • Located in Southern Melbourne Area
  • Evidenced based service delivery that empowers clients
  • Professional development and career advancement opportunities
  • Inclusive and diverse team environment
  • Wayss encourages creativity and innovating thinking
  • Opportunity to work from home one day per week unless otherwise rostered
  • WFH desktop equipment provided
  • Salary range $88,761 to $92,773 (SCHADS Level 5)
  • Generous Salary Packaging benefit up to $15,900 per annum
  • Five weeks annual leave
Working for Wayss
Our people matter. Without them, we would be unable to make a meaningful impact in the lives of people facing homelessness and family violence. This is our motivation in creating Wayss as a great place to work.

Testimonials from our team members
Nicole – Team Leader, The Orange Door.
Working at Wayss has been one of the best decisions in my career so far. Wayss has nurtured, encouraged, given me every possible advantage with training and support to progress within my career.  Wayss has shown continuously, a response to our clients in line with our purpose and vision. To be valued and supported to the level that Wayss does, shows how well management work to ensure a positive workplace and culture that is entrusting and supportive.

Yidi – Senior Practitioner, The Orange Door
Working at Wayss is so far the best professional experience that I had. Wayss is an organisation that truly commits to its values in action. It offers such a supportive work culture that made me feel respected and included, it delivers a service that practically solves the challenges the clients face, and it continues to inspire positive changes in the community. I can always trust that my talent will be valued and nurtured here, for that everyday there will be new learning opportunities.

Wayss is the largest provider of homelessness, housing and family violence services in the South East Melbourne area.  We exist so people can live a life free from family violence and have access to safe,  sustainable and affordable housing.  Our vision is to be the major provider of social housing services and leading edge client support programs in the Southern Melbourne Metropolitan region.

We deliver funded services and programs across the South East of Melbourne including the local government areas of Greater Dandenong, Frankston, Casey and Cardinia. 

About The Orange Door
The Orange Door delivers a fundamental change to the way we work with women, children and families, and men. The role of The Orange Door is to provide:
  • a more visible contact point so that people know where to go for specialist support.
  • help for people to identify family violence and child and family safety and wellbeing issues.
  • advice based on contemporary risk assessment tools and guidance and best available information.
  • specialist support and tailored advice for victims, families and children, young people, and perpetrators.
  • a strong focus on perpetrator accountability.
  • connection and coordination of access to support.
  • an approach across the spectrum of prevention, early intervention, and response.
  • a system-wide view of service capacity, client experience and outcomes.
The Orange Door supports the agency of women, children, young people, and families, to ensure that the services they receive meet their needs and their goals.

About the role

Reporting to the Team Leader, The Orange Door, the position works collaboratively as part of an integrated team to respond to the needs of women, children, young people and families experiencing family violence and vulnerability. The Practitioner works directly with clients to provide information, advice, and an initial assessment with a focus on risk assessment and safety planning.

About you
  • Relevant tertiary qualification(s) in social work, or a related discipline.  (Compliant with Family Violence Minimum Qualifications (Rec 209) or a willingness to work towards gaining those qualifications.  As per the minimum mandatory qualifications requirements via
  • Experience working with women and their children and families with complex needs and risk issues
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, assess and prioritise the risk and needs of clients in a whole of family approach
  • Resilience to work with and support clients who have been exposed to trauma
  • The ability to work collaboratively and build strong, authentic, and supportive working relationships.
This role requires a current Driver’s License and valid ‘Employment’ category - Working with Children Check clearance. The candidate will need to have successfully completed Wayss pre-employment screening, a police check and provide evidence of full Covid-19 vaccination compliance.

Applications close 9am, 24 March 2023.

Please ensure you include a covering letter, outlining your experience in relation to the "About You" section in the Position Description.   Enquiries about the position can be directed to Lisa Burke, Manager, The Orange Door at 8797 1609.
The Position Description can be obtained by visiting

Wayss is proud to be an inclusive and child safe organisation.
Wayss is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to being an organisation that embraces a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion within our workforce and approach to service delivery. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic communities, people of all ages and LGBTIQ people.  Wayss is a proud Rainbow Tick accredited organisation that welcomes everyone across the LGBTIQ community.