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Victims Access Line 1800 633 063
Aboriginal Contact Line 1800 019 123 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
Victims Services is currently seeking professionals interested in providing Approved Counselling services to victims of crime. Interest from applicants who are based or willing to travel to rural NSW will be prioritised. Applicants must be fully registered as a psychologist with AHPRA, a member of the AASW or a member of the RANZCP.
The Approved Counselling Service provides free face to face counselling to victims of violent crimes that have occurred in NSW (section 31 Victims Rights and Support Act 2013).
There is a list of Approved Counsellors on this website.
The counsellors with the Service are social workers, psychologists, clinical psychologists or psychiatrists in private practice who have proven experience in working with victims of crime. They are paid by Victims Services.
Current Rates of pay
To apply to be a generalist counsellor please email Victims Services for a copy of the application.
Approved Counsellors must:
In addition to meeting the approval criteria, counsellors must:
In order to be eligible to apply for accreditation as a Specialist Counsellor under the Approved Counselling Service, applicants MUST meet the following criteria:
The Post Graduate Degree MUST include components of professional training and supervised experience and must be of at least two years full time duration or equivalent. Qualifications should be accredited by the appropriate body or deemed equivalent of an overseas qualification by the Australian professional body or registration body.
To apply to be a specialist counsellor please email Victims Services for a copy of the application.
Your application will be considered by the Professional Advisory Panel which is convened on a regular basis to assist the Commissioner of Victims Rights, Victims Services. Membership of the Panel includes representatives from:
Australian Psychological Society
After the Professional Advisory Panel has considered your application and made its recommendation to the Commissioner of Victims Rights, you will be advised in writing of the Commissioner's decision. Should you be successful, you will be sent a Counsellor handbook and also the signed copy of the Memorandum of Understanding for your information. At the same time, your name will be placed on the list of Approved Counsellors.
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