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PACFA is an equal opportunity employer that offers attractive salary packaging benefits to all permanent staff.  The office in Fitzroy North can be reached easily by public transport and the capital city bike trail runs right outside the office.

There are also opportunities for volunteers and Consultants to work with PACFA.

Current Employment Opportunities


Project Officer

Great opportunity to use your knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing practices and research skills in this new project role in a small non-profit organisation.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identified role
  • Part-time position 22.5 hours per week
  • Work from home for a Melbourne based NFP

PACFA is the leading peak body for the counselling and psychotherapy profession in Australia and a professional association for practitioners, educators, students and related professionals.

PACFA’s College of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practice (CATSIHP) aims to increase access to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healers and practitioners, strengthen the delivery of accredited Indigenous healing programs, and support the development of a skilled qualified workforce with skills and capacity to progress Indigenous healing practices.

PACFA is recruiting a part-time project officer to work closely with the Leadership Group of the CATSIHP to develop an online ‘Clearing House’ of information that identifies training and education programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healers and practitioners, and opportunities for scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people interested in training in this field.

The Project Officer will also identify and promote educational resources on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices. These resources will support CATSIHP to develop new Training Standards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices.

Reporting to the PACFA Line Manager and working closely with the CATSIHP Leadership Group, the Project Officer will help to improve access to education in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices, and support the development of high standards for training in this field.

Applicants will have relevant tertiary qualifications and/or knowledge and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices. Applicants will have strong written and verbal communication skills and experience in collecting and collating and presenting information that it accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.

The pro-rata salary is $46,800 per annum for 22.5 hours per week which equates to a full-time salary of $78,000. As a health promotion charity, PACFA can offer generous salary packaging arrangements. This is a twelve-month fixed term role. The position could possibly be extended, subject to availability of ongoing funding.

Please click here to view the Position Description. Applicants are required to submit a CV and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) which responds to the selection criteria set out in the Position Description.

Please submit applications to the Operations Manager at kim.smythe@pacfa.org.au by 7 December 2020.

Current Consulting Opportunities


No positions currently advertised.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Research Committee members wanted

PACFA is calling for expressions of interest to join the PACFA Research Committee.

To sit on the Research Committee, applicants are required to be members of PACFA or of PACFA Member Associations, to have a higher degree research qualification and to be research-active or to have other relevant qualifications and experience as practitioners in counselling or psychotherapy. Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers are especially encouraged.

To express interest, there is a pro-forma Expression of Interest Form to be completed. Download the Expression of Interest Form and send the completed form, together with your current CV to the Research Chair, Dr Alexandra Bloch-Atefi alexandra.bloch-atefi@adelaide.edu.au by 17 February 2020.

Volunteer Mediators to mediate in PACFA complaints

PACFA’s complaints procedure now includes mediation as a possible first step in the resolution of a complaint. The PACFA Ethics Committee is inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from practitioners who do mediation (preferably with some qualifications and/or experience in mediation) and who are interested in mediating complaints for PACFA on a voluntary basis.

Please send your Expression of Interest to Kim Smythe at kim.smythe@pacfa.org.au and include:

  • Your CV
  • Details of your mediation experience
  • How your specific contribution as a mediator would be beneficial to PACFA