Reports to: Workplace Health & Safety Manager

Location Safe Places is established across Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Bunbury,
Cairns, Ipswich, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Toowoomba and Townsville).
Staff may request short and long-term transfers to other areas.


Safe Places for Children is a not for profit organisation that provides individualised residential therapeutic

care to children and young people in the ages of 10 and 17 who are unable to be placed in foster families or

group residential homes. Referrals are received through the Department if Child Safety, Youth and Women

(QLD), Department if Child Protection (WA), Family and Child Services NSW and the Department of Health

and Human Services (DHHS VIC)

Position Statement

The Return to Work Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Safe Places team to actively create,
promote and support a culture of safety and comply with WHS legislative requirements.


  • Full-time, base annual salary on commencement $80,351
  • Salary packaging to increase your take-home pay
  • Access to in-house accredited training program and support to gain formal qualifications
  • Opportunity for visa sponsorship

Salary and conditions

Salary • Full-time, base annual salary on commencement $80,351

  • Paid weekly, dependent on timely provision of accurate details such
as bank, tax and superannuation information
  • Salary Sacrificing options

Holiday leave • Six (6) weeks leave per year (plus 17.5% leave loading) accrued on a pro rata

  • Leave approvals may depend on business needs at the time and requests are
not guaranteed to be met

Sick leave • Ten (10) days per year for paid personal leave (sick leave), which can also be
used as carer’s leave, accrued on a pro rata basis. A doctor’s certificate may
be required.

Training and • Internal reflective supervision and professional development

  • Free external counselling service offered to all employees

Visa sponsorship • Opportunity for visa sponsorship

Additional • Provided with a work laptop.

  • Provided with a work phone.
  • Occasional intra & interstate trips may be required.

Our vision and values

Our vision is to provide children and young people in care with individualised

therapeutic residential services in Australia.

Safe Places staff help achieve this vision through their patience, genuine care and commitment. Over
time, the team gains the child’s trust, stabilises the placement, gives the child a sense of hope and
direction and achieves outcomes across key areas of the child’s life.

We are guided by five core values from our frontline staff through to the Board of Directors:

Professional – Supportive – Responsive – Passionate – United

Our approach

Safe Places for Children provides children at risk with intensive support and supervision. Referrals
are received through the government department responsible for the protection of children.

Team members are rostered to provide care from houses located in the community. The team
work to see children transition into suitable longer-term placements which may be delivered by
Safe Places (for example, co-tenanting models, semi-independent models and independent living)
or by others, such as foster care or family reunification.

Key elements of the “Safe Places approach” are as follows.

  • Small and stable teams with a consistently calm and future-focused outlook
  • Celebrating small steps, including seeing the child engage in the placement, build rapport with
their team and contribute to daily plans
  • Over time, encouraging the child to become more independent, to explore their behaviours in
difficult times and to be willing to try some more positive coping strategies
  • Support the child to take steps that prepare them for transition into family-based placement,
family reunification, a group setting or independent living arrangements
  • Understanding that the children’s behaviours are coping skills and our focus is on what’s lying

beneath the behaviour.

  • Responding to behaviours in a way that models an ability to remain calm, hopeful, caring,
consistent, respectful and understanding of others (as opposed to reacting emotionally)
  • Collaboration with other support agencies, such protective services, health services,
counselling services and educational facilities.

Young people in our care

The young people in our care generally range from 10 to 17 years of age. Initially, they may require
one-on-one support due to their anti-social behaviours, which may include, but are not limited to:

  • verbal aggression and high-level defiance
  • physical behaviours including hitting, spitting, kicking, threatening children and workers
  • destroying property and fire fascination
  • sexually acting out towards other children or workers
  • cruelty to animals
  • poor hygiene and self-harming
  • absconding

Placement models range from one on one support to group residential placements with up to four young
people placed.


Return to Work Coordinator

  • Actively create, promote and support a culture of safety at Safe Places.
  • Provide injury management and RTW advice and support.
  • Work with internal stakeholders such as Regional Managers, General Managers, injured workers
and external parties such as doctors, treating professions and insurers.
  • Ensuring that injuries and Workers Compensation claims are managed in accordance with the
company’s RTW and injury management systems and procedures.
  • Striving for best outcome for all in RTW.
  • Determine suitable duties, prepare and update RTW plans for injured workers.
  • Drive claims outcomes to increase return to work and reduce claims costs with the insurer.
  • Reporting cases and EOM reporting.
  • Ability to genuinely embrace the Safe Places values of professional, passionate, united, supportive
and responsive.
  • A demonstrated passion for excellence.
  • Ability to adapt as the company grows and changes.
  • Willingness to learn, creative thinking and problem solving.
  • Team player and high value placed on relationships while also able to work autonomously.
  • Demonstrated ability of Emotional Intelligence.

Essential Requirements

  • Degree and/or tertiary qualifications in WHS or related field preferred.
  • Return to Work Coordinator certification and/or qualification.
  • Demonstrated experience in workers compensation and return to work management.
  • High level confidence with learning computer-based systems and programs including Microsoft
Office, Internet Explorer skills and some Excel skills
  • High level interpersonal skills (approachable, diplomatic, sensitive, articulate)
  • High level written skills
  • Analytical skills and sound judgement
  • Requirement to undergo Departmental screening processes and possess a positive outcome
  • Compliance with Working with Children Card requirements for the state
  • Current Open Drivers’ License within QLD

Desirable Requirements

  • Minimum 12 months experience in a similar role required.
  • Thorough understanding of Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Acts in
multiple states.
  • Exceptional skills in relationship management on all levels and strong influencing skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and organisational skills.
  • Basic knowledge of WHS Management Systems.

How to apply

  • Review the position description on the employment tab of the Safe Places website at
  • Prepare your current resume and a one-page application outlining your experience and
qualifications in relation to the duties and requirements above.

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