Working with the Department for Child Protection can be both personally and professionally rewarding. All of our staff contribute to achieving our common goals, which make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families in our South Australian communities.

Working with the Department offers you career progression and variety – particularly in regional areas; as well as great employment conditions.

Some of these include:


  • 4 weeks annual leave (5 weeks for Child and Youth Workers or Call Centre operators working over 7 days)
  • Up to 15 days special leave per annum
  • Long service leave following 10 years’ service (pro-rata eligibility after 7 years)
  • 17.5% annual leave loading (20% for Child and Youth Workers or Call Centre operators working over 7 days)

Additional benefits

  • Employer superannuation (currently 10%) and salary sacrifice arrangements available
  • Free access to a confidential employee assistance program for you and your family, which includes psychology and counselling services
  • Access to flexible working arrangements
  • Study assistance

Regional Incentives

Depending on the location, employees living and working in regional locations may have access to:

  • Travel allowances
  • Relocation costs
  • Government Housing or subsidised housing
  • Fly in Fly Out (FIFO) options may also be available for employees working in a remote location
  • Study leave and study assistance may be available

Region-specific benefits

Region-specific benefits are listed on the relevant region page.