Ceduna is 780km west of Adelaide, South Australia and 480km east from the Western Australia boarder. Ceduna is a vibrant multicultural town and is the major centre to a large and diverse business and industry sector on the Far West Coast of the Eyre Peninsula.

The region is renowned for being the ‘Oyster Capital of Australia’ and is home to arguably the best beach in Australia, Cactus Beach. The fishing is great no matter the time of year and there is no better place than to do this from than one of the fabulous jetties located in the Far West area. The cosy population of 3480 are accustomed to viewing some of the most incredible sunrises and sunsets. Scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, surfing and skiing are just a few outdoor activities that the coastline provides for. Sport enthusiasts will enjoy the Nullarbor Links Golf Course, which spans a total of 1365km making it the world’s longest.

The Ceduna Council’s vision is, ‘To deliver economic, social and environmental prosperity for the community through consultation, leadership and the provision of high quality services’.

You can access Ceduna via Air (a 1.5 hour trip) through Rex direct from Adelaide.

Working for the Department for Child Protection in Ceduna

The Ceduna office employs approximately 20 people and is one of 5 offices in the region. As a member of this team you will work with other professionals to deliver services to the local community including Aboriginal communities and homelands. This is a great opportunity to work within local Aboriginal communities where you will gain an understanding of community life and how to work more effectively with Aboriginal people

The team works collaboratively by supporting each other on a professional level.  As a member of this team, you will also work with and develop strong partnerships with other internal and external partners, many of which will be located within the community.

With a laid back lifestyle on offer, you will contribute and be part of improving outcomes for the community on a daily basis.  If you are seeking to gain experience in a remote or a rural setting or just broaden your experiences working in child protection, then Ceduna is a great place to live and work.

Although renowned as a tourist destination, Ceduna is also a great place for families to call home, thanks to its readily available schooling, health and public services.

Schooling, Pre-school and Kindy and Childcare

Ceduna and the Far West region boast a variety of State Schools as well as a Co-Educational Lutheran School. This comprises of primary, secondary and high schooling.

  • Ceduna Area School
  • Crossways Lutheran School
  • Koonibba Aboriginal School
  • Penong Primary School
  • Streaky Bay Area School
  • Miltaburra Area School
  • Yalata Anangu School
  • Oak Valley Anangu School

The younger family is catered for through Kindergartens, Child Care and other Pre-Schooling options:

  • Ngura Yadurirn Child & Family Centre
  • Streaky Bay Children Centre
  • Minya Bunhii Child Care & Kindergarten
  • Ceduna Community Children’s Centre

Vocational Education & Universities

The University of South Australia offers Campus Study Centres in Ceduna, whilst Tafe SA has its own large campus within the area.

Employment Prospects in Ceduna

Ceduna offers employment opportunities in a number of industries. Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing accounting for the largest component of this at 14.5% of the total population. Retail, Construction and Health Care/Social assistance also make up a significant proportion of employment prospects. The unemployment rate of 3.5% indicates that Ceduna is an affluent area with a high rate of access to jobs.

Ceduna, on the Far West Coat offers spectacular beaches and cliffs. Plenty of exploring can be done along the rugged coastline from Baird Bay to the Bunda Cliffs of the Nullarbor.

In the winter months. Whales can be seen at the Head of the Bight, the fishing is great all year round and the surfing at Cactus Beach is said to be the best in Australia.

Ceduna is a uniquely different place to live.

Community & Annual Events

Ceduna has many community and annual events throughout the year which reflect the diverse cultural interests of the community. Some of these include:

  • Oysterfest
  • Christmas Lights Community Competition
  • Ceduna Australia Day Awards Ceremony

For more event listings, visit the Ceduna Council Tourism and Events web page.

Parks and Sporting Facilities

Ceduna offers reserves, parks, playgrounds and ovals for the community to use and enjoy. Reserves often facilitate playground equipment, picnic tables, BBQs and shelters. These areas provide ample space for active play, including ball sports.

Ceduna has a number of sporting facilities, including the Ceduna Blues Sports Club which contains Football, Cricket, Netball, Tennis and Basketball facilities. The local gym is also a popular method of keeping fit, which is in close proximity to the town’s CBD.

For further information please visit the Ceduna Council sports and recreation web page.

Community Groups/Clubs & Religious Services

There are various community groups and religious services across Ceduna including:

  • Men’s shed
  • Murat Bay Scout Group
  • Social and Arts clubs: Far West Camera Club, Crochet and Knitting Club
  • Community groups and church groups
  • Other recreational clubs: Sporting, fishing, yachting, kayaking, sailing.

All of your day to day necessities are available locally including Banks, Shopping and Healthcare.


Most major banks have a branch in town, includingANZ and BankSA as well as a number of ATM’s.


All major retail shopping chains have outlets including:

  • Grocery stores: Foodland and IGA
  • Retail stores: Toy world, Autopro, SportsPower, Home Timber &Hardware and a large range of speciality shops
  • Automotive: Nissan and Holden

Health Services for you & Your Family

The Ceduna District Health Services are part of the Eyre Flinders and Far North Far West region, and includes the Ceduna Hospital and the GP Plus Health Centre Ceduna. The hospital has a total of 15 overnight beds, 4 day beds along with a further 38 beds for people requiring both high and low level aged care.

The GP Plus Health Centre offers a broad range of health care services including:

  • Local and visiting General Practitioners
  • Mental Health services
  • Dental Health
  • Home and Community Care
  • Allied Health Services.
  • Drug and Alcohol Health Services
  • Aboriginal Health Services
  • Breast Screen SA

Housing in Ceduna

The median house price in Ceduna is $290,000. This is a 13.3% increase over a five year period which equates to a compound annual growth rate of 2.5%. The weekly median advertised rent for the Ceduna region is $280. This is dependent on the size and location of the property.

Ceduna is considered very remote and may attract the following additional incentives for certain roles:

  • Remoteness Area Payment up to $10,000
  • Attraction Difficulty Payment between $3,500 and $5,000
  • Airfare Allowance up to $1,000
  • Travel Leave up to 3 days’ travel leave may be granted per year, non-cumulative for eligible employees to attend personal matters that cannot be attended to in the centre.

Return to Working with us in Regional SA page to see benefits available in other regions. To see currently available regional opportunities go to the DCP Jobs Board.