Counsellor (HEO 8)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 02 Dec 2021

  • Open to Australian Aboriginal peoples and UniSA employees only
  • Part-time (0.4 FTE), continuing position based in the Student Engagement Unit - Counselling Service
  • Commencement Salary: $101,110 pro rata per annum (plus 17% superannuation)

About the Role

We are looking for an experienced Psychologist or Social Worker to take on a Counsellor role to provide brief intervention counselling to students via a range of mediums including face to face, group and online. Working collaboratively across the University, the Counsellor will contribute to policy development, provide workshops to students and train academic staff on topics related to improving student wellbeing.

About UniSA

The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

Core Responsibilities

  • Provide brief intervention personal counselling to students, sensitive to a wide range of educational, social and cultural backgrounds
  • Provide face to face, telephone and online counselling to assist with personal issues which are impacting upon learning outcomes
  • Provide workshops to students and training to academic staff
  • Provide crisis counselling services to students
  • Design and develop online resources and other means for flexible delivery of services

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Tertiary qualifications to meet eligibility requirements for full membership of either the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Significant experience as a counsellor, with a high level of competence in delivering services in a range of settings to individuals or groups
  • Experience in online counselling, using appropriate technology to deliver effective services and support to students
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to working effectively in a range of settings including as part of a team that works flexibly and strategically with students and staff from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Fluency in Mandarin, Hindi, Cantonese, or Vietnamese will be highly regarded


Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as:

  • Access to great personal development opportunities
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17%
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Employee assistance and development programs
  • A range of salary packaging options, including vehicle leasing, laptops and car parking fees
  • Corporate health insurance
  • Staff study support
  • Various on-site services available at our campuses which may include on-site gym membership
  • A variety of leave arrangements

How to Apply

The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.

Please address your cover letter to Sarah Doyle, Recruitment Consultant. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at using job reference number 3598.

Applications close: 11.30pm Thursday 2 December 2021

Pursuant to the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (the Act) and the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Regulations 2019 (the Regulations), this position has been deemed prescribed. This role will require the successful candidate to hold a current Working with Children Check.

To be eligible to apply for internal positions, you must either be an Australian Aboriginal peoples, or a current UniSA continuing, fixed-term or casual staff member at the time the position is advertised and have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment.


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Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

UniSA is committed to developing a diverse workforce and a constructive enterprising culture in which everyone can thrive.

For further support, contact Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or email and you will receive a response within one working day.

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