Expression of Interest – closes 31 May 2022

The South Australian Government is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced professionals to fulfil the important role of Guardian for Children and Young People (committed to the Ministers for Education and Child Protection) and the following associated ex officio positions:

  • the Child and Young Person’s Visitor (committed to the Minister for Child Protection)
  • the Training Centre Visitor (committed to the Minister for Human Services)
  • the Youth Treatment Order Visitor (committed to the Minister for Human Services).

The Guardian is a high-profile position with responsibility for advocating for and promoting the rights and best interests of children and young people under the guardianship of the Chief Executive of the Department for Child Protection.  Aboriginal people are encouraged to apply, particularly given the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children and young people in care.  The Guardian is a statutory appointment and is responsible for the functions and powers prescribed in section 26 of the Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act 2016.

The Guardian and Visitor roles are independent of government and operate in the public interest in the areas of child safety and development and youth justice, reviewing State Government practice, policies and facilities, and recommending improvements to various State Government agencies and Ministers from a systemic and individual perspective.

Potential applicants should also be aware that a further role is likely to be asked of the successful candidate, pending the creation of South Australian legislation, with regard to the monitoring of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).  Resources for this function will be negotiated.

The vacancies exist from 9 July 2022 and an appointment will be negotiated with the preferred candidate for up to 5 years.

The Guardian is remunerated at an SA Executive Service Level 1 with a salary range of $170,523 to $262,343 per annum.

While the three Visitor roles are ex officio appointments and therefore do not attract additional remuneration, they are resourced to support the incumbent to discharge their responsibilities.

Combined, the Guardian and Visitor functions are funded for an office of approximately 17-18 staff as well as other administrative expenses.

Please refer to the following links for further details on the roles:

Further details are available on the Guardian’s website.

To express your interest in this exciting opportunity, please submit a CV (containing contact details for 3 professional referees) and a covering letter addressing the following criteria to OCEExecutiveServices@sa.gov.au:

  • Shapes strategic thinking and change - Anticipates and plans for future events, trends, problems and opportunities and exercise sound judgement. Develop creative solutions, stimulating new ways of thinking and solving problems.
  • Achieves results - Makes timely, quality decisions and evaluates reasonable risk-taking opportunities. Sets broad organisational goals and priorities in order to drive results consistent with the Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act and public expectations.
  • Drives business excellence - Builds an effective, sustainable and high performing organisation through leadership. Engages and aligns human, financial and information resources to achieve strategic targets. Plans for future organisational needs to minimise risk and maximise opportunity.
  • Forges relationships and engages others - Builds effective working relationships, networks and partnerships with internal and external bodies at all levels. Actively listens to what others have to say and responds in a clear, concise and diplomatic manner. Adapts communication/engagement style as appropriate
  • Exemplifies personal drive and professionalism - Acts with integrity and models ethical principles, practices, values and behaviours and embeds public sector values into the culture of the organisation. Sets and pursues challenging personal and organisational performance standards.

Please direct any enquiries regarding the roles to Tom Rich via tom.rich2@sa.gov.au or (08) 8226 2618.