Port Lincoln is known as the Seafood Capital of Australia, being home to the country’s largest commercial fishing fleet and diverse aquaculture industry.  Port Lincoln is situated on Boston Bay, one of the largest protected natural harbours in the world three times the size of Sydney Harbour.  Port Lincoln was settled in 1839 and has a population of just over 16,000 people.

The vision as described by the Port Lincoln Council is to be “A progressive, vibrant and safe coastal city that is an attractive place in which to live, work and grow.

Port Lincoln is situated 647 km from Adelaide and takes approximately 7 hours to drive. You can access Port Lincoln by Air with Rex or Qantaslink direct from Adelaide.  Flights run several times a day.

Port Lincoln is a thriving tourist destination, boasting many wonderful and unique experiences including fishing charters, shark cage diving and swimming with the sea lions.  Port Lincoln is also known for award winning wines and culinary tours making it a seafood lovers paradise.

Port Lincoln has a semi-arid climate with summers being mild to warm, sea breezes generally keep the temperature around 30 degrees.  During the winter months, the temperature can vary between 16 and 26 degrees.  From time to time, colder temperatures are experienced and storms from the Southern Ocean.

The town events are a large part of the community’s culture. It’s also a cultural and sporting centre, with multiple festivals and events throughout the year reflecting the diverse interests of the community.

Working for the Department for Child Protection in Port Lincoln

The Port Lincoln office is situated on the township foreshore within the metro precinct and employs approximately 20 people. There are plenty of cafes and shops nearby for you to enjoy during your lunch break or after hours as well a beautiful beach only a few steps away.

As a member of this team you will work with other professionals to deliver services to Port Lincoln Community.

Your co-workers will welcome you and provide collegial support.

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.

Although renowned as a tourist destination, Port Lincoln 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

Port Lincoln offers government schools, independent and Catholic schools, including an Education Support School.

  • Port Lincoln Primary School & High School
  • Port Lincoln Special School
  • Lincoln Gardens Primary School
  • Navigator College
  • St Joseph’s School
  • Kirton Point Primary School

For a younger family, there are a number of Kindergartens, including:

  • Bishop Kindergarten
  • Cranston Street Kindergarten
  • Fram St Kindergarten

Port Lincoln has numerous Child Care Centres including (but not limited to):

  • Port Lincoln Children’s Centre
  • Tiny Tafe Child Care
  • Kiddywinks Child Care Centre
  • Kirton Point Children’s Centre
  • ToyBox Community Child Care Centre

Vocational Education and Universities

There is a TafeSA campus in Port Lincoln– for information on courses that are currently available, please visit TafeSA- Port Lincoln campus.

Employment Prospects in Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln offers employment opportunities in a number of industries including tourism.

Port Lincoln employs a high rate of people in the Health & Community Services Industry.  According to Regional Development Australia, this industry provided 3,240 jobs and is predicted to continue to grow in future years.  Port Lincoln also employs in areas such as manufacturing and agriculture.

Small Business makes up a large part of the community, with small to medium sized enterprises are the backbone of the regional community.  They perform work in the fields of agriculture, fishing and aquaculture sectors as well as retail and tourism.

There are several employment service providers and recruitment agencies in Port Lincoln to assist with finding employment opportunities for partners and or family members.

Community and Annual Events

Port Lincoln has many festivals and events throughout the year reflecting the diverse cultural interests of the community. Some of these include:

  • Australian Salmon Fishing Competition
  • Community Art, Craft and Produce Markets
  • Eyre Peninsula Field Days Inc
  • Port Lincoln Community Bank Tunarama Festival

For more event listings, visit the Port Lincoln Tourist Centre Events Page.

Parks and Sporting Facilities

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

Port Lincoln offers a number of sporting facilities, including the Ravendale Sporting Complex which offers sports such as AFL, Athletics, Baseball, Cricket, Hockey and Netball.  In addition, there are a number of ovals, tennis courts and reserves.  You can view what is on offer at on the Port Lincoln Council website.

Sporting is popular in the community, for all ages and all members of the community. There are a range sporting clubs available, including football, netball, basketball, hockey, soccer, tennis, bowling, boxing and golf just to name a few.

Port Lincoln also offers an RSL Club and a Croatian Sporting Club.  Given the proximity to the water, Port Lincoln also has a number of aquatic clubs and activities.  You may wish to join the Port Lincoln Yacht Club, or maybe a fishing club.  You may wish to consider accessing the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre for swimming or Group Fitness.

All of your day to day necessities are available locally enabling you to manage all your day to day activities in the local area.


Most major banks have a branch in town, including NAB, Beyond Bank, ANZ, Westpac, BankSA, Commonwealth Bank as well as a number of ATM’s.


All major retail shopping chains have outlets including:

  • Grocery stores: Woolworths and Coles
  • Retail stores: Kmart, Target, Sportspower, Millers and a large range of speciality shops
  • Automotive, hardware and general homeware stores

Health Services for you and your family

    Port Lincoln Hospital and Health Service is part of the Eyre and Western Health Services. The hospital has a modern 50 bed complex complete with high dependency unit, renal dialysis and operating facilities.  The hospital works in partnership with the acute services and other providers to promote, maintain and restore the health and wellbeing of residents of Port Lincoln and the surrounding area.

    Port Lincoln Hospital also has an accident and emergency and reception are open 24-hours a day, maternity services and private patient arrangements.

    Services include:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Mental Health Case Management/Continuing Care
  • Nephrology Services
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • General Surgery

The Port Lincoln Community Health Service works in partnership with the acute services and other providers to also promote, maintain and restore the health and wellbeing of residents of Port Lincoln and the surrounding area. Click here for further information on the services provided.

There are a number of Health Practices and Clinics available within Port Lincoln, including specialist services for Aboriginal Health and Mental Health.

Housing in Port Lincoln

The median house price in Port Lincoln as at June 2018 is $310,000 and the median weekly rent is $300 per week.  The price of housing and rental changes depending on size and location of the property.

During the month of May 2018, a total of 17 properties sold and as at June, Port Lincoln had a total of 73 properties available for rent, allowing you and your family an opportunity to try the lifestyle before making a firm decision to relocate.

Port Lincoln is considered Remote and may attract the following additional incentives for certain roles:

  • Remoteness Area Payment up to $8,000
  • 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.