Issue 2
Monday, 01 April 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
NT Department of Families Deputy Chief Executive of Organisational Services Nicole Hurwood and CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks after the signing of the 2019-2024 Collaborative Agreement. Photo courtesy of Territory Families
NT Department of Families Deputy Chief Executive of Organisational Services Nicole Hurwood and CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks after the signing of the 2019-2024 Collaborative Agreement. Photo courtesy of Territory Families

CDU partners with Territory Families

In a first for the Northern Territory, Territory Families and CDU have signed a unique collaborative agreement set to transform employment opportunities for graduates in the social services field.

This collaborative strategic partnership will strengthen existing relationships between Territory Families and CDU while increasing the number of qualified full-time frontline child protection workers.

Territory Families Chief Executive Officer Ken Davies said the new agreement would provide valuable experience and placement opportunities for students, while increasing the number of qualified Territory Families staff.

“Under this new agreement, we will be able to offer five scholarships to students, including three for Aboriginal students,’’ he said.

“We will also be able to offer 25 permanent, full-time graduate positions for graduates, who studied Social Work or Psychology, with Territory Families each year. This will work to increase the number of qualified frontline child protection practitioners in the Northern Territory.

“This partnership also allows CDU students studying Social Work, Community Services and Psychological Science to obtain valuable field placements with Territory Families in frontline child protection, policy, central intake or youth justice roles,’’ Mr Davies said.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said the agreement put to best use the financial and human resources of the NTG and CDU to deliver outstanding outcomes for Territorians. 

“This agreement provides a model that could be employed by other NTG departments in conjunction with CDU to continue to build vital services and a specialised workforce for the Territory,” Professor Maddocks said.