Psychologists working with the Department for Child Protection (DCP) are responsible for providing a specialist, professionally independent, clinical psychology service which promotes the safety and wellbeing of children and young people who are the victims of neglect and/or abuse and who are involved in the child protection system.

DCP Psychologists provide services to DCP offices in both metropolitan and country regions and to children and young people in family and non-family based care.

What will you be doing?

Working as a psychologist with DCP, you will be involved in the delivery of a broad range of direct clinical and other specialist psychological services targeted to meet the needs of children and young people, and their carers and family members. These services include:

  • psychological assessment
  • therapy and intervention for children and young people in care
  • consultation services to field staff and residential care workers
  • participation in case conferences
  • training and psycho-education for a range of stakeholders.

A DCP Psychologist also has a role in the department's broader practice improvement agenda through bringing a psychological perspective to the understanding and management of practice issues.

For more information, see Working as a Psychologist with the Department for Child Protection (PDF, 80.4 KB).

Salary and location

Psychologists are employed as Allied Health Professionals (AHP) under the South Australian Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2021, and have access to a competitive salary and flexible working arrangements, plus employer superannuation (currently 10%).

The South Australian Public Sector also offers attractive salary sacrifice benefits.

DCP Psychologists are employed ongoing (permanent) and on a temporary basis (up to 2 years), and full-time or part-time positions may be offered.

DCP Psychologists work in dedicated teams, all of which are co-located in the Psychological Services business unit based at Netley, SA.

Minimum requirements

All applicants must hold a Master of Psychology (Clinical or Forensic) Degree which entitles full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

All applicants must:

  • obtain or hold a valid Working with Children Check issued by the Department for Human Services, to be renewed every 5 years
  • hold a current South Australian issued driver's licence (P2 or above) and a willingness to drive is essential
  • be flexible as some out of house and weekend work and some intra/interstate travel including overnight stays may be required
  • be eligible to work in Australia and meet DCP pre-employment requirements.

How to apply

All of our current vacancies are listed on our job board alongside specific details for each role, including:

  • role descriptions
  • remuneration
  • accreditation and qualifications
  • special requirements.


Department for Child Protection Recruitment

Phone: (08) 8204 2479 or (08) 8204 2473