Sue Moore

Senior Lecturer, Social Work

My social work experience has included statutory child welfare, sexual assault counselling, Family Court counselling and mediation, community development, policy and program development and executive leadership in both the Australian and Northern Territory Governments.

The research for both my Master of Social Science (Welfare and Social Policy) and my current PhD is the inquiry into systemic responses to child abuse, with specific focus upon the experience of Aboriginal people within remote communities responding to child sexual abuse.

I completed my Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice) to ensure I remained current in social work theory and practice.

Open all | Close all

Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice)
  • Master of Social Science (Welfare and Social Policy)
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Graduate Diploma of Couple and Family Therapy
  • PhD Candidate: "Keeping kids safe in remote Aboriginal communities: exploring community driven frameworks for protecting children from sexual abuse"

Previous Employment

I have worked in direct practice, leadership and policy development rolls within the Australian Government, NSW, WA and NT Governments. The roles have included:

  • Child Protection, Adoptions and Out of Home Care (NSW, WA)
  • Senior Manager, Darwin Region Department of Family and Children's Services)
  • Executive Director, Care and Protection Policy and Program Development
  • Sexual assault counsellor and manager, NT Sexual Assault Referral Centre
  • Comunity Development Officer (Dept of Defence)
  • Family Court Counsellor
  • Snr Social Worker, Palmerston Indigenous Call Centre, Centrelink
  • Snr Social Worker/Strategic Support, Social Work Manager, Centrelink (Northern Australia)
  • Departmental Liaison Officer - Office of the Minister for Family and Community Services
  • Lecturer, Course Coordinator Bachelor of Social Work (NTU and CDU)


Why I teach?

I enjoy the opportunity to share with students the experience gained over many years of practice. The insights that students bring to their study of social work are drawn from their own rich experiences and world view. The diversity of our student population constantly challenges my own perceptions of social work practice, systems and society. I continue to learn through my teaching.

How will I teach you?

As a member of a dynamic team of social work educators, my aim is to continually challenge myself to develop and deliver learning materials to stimulate learning for students in class and for those joining us online. The capacity for establishing rich teaching and learning relationships through the use of technology continues to amaze me and I encourage ongoing student feedback on their experience of learning.

Why study what I teach?

Given the breadth of my practice experience I endeavour to retain currency across many social work topics. I am particularly interested in the intersection between the person and systems including organisational, political and policy contexts and the development of systems that achieve their intended outcomes for marginalised people. A core theme and focus of my practice and research has been that of child protection and child sexual abuse.

What do I teach?

I teach across any of the units of the Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work Honours.


OLT Grant - Discrectionary Decision Making for Social Workers in Child Protection.

As part of the CDU Social Work team, the seed grant was awarded for the development of a web-based resource to assist social work students experience the dilemmas in making decisions within a social work practice setting prior to commencing their first field placement.

Awards, Honours & Distinctions

Centrelink Australia Day Award (2010)

This grant aided the development of the Indigenous Itinerant Initiative Place Based Service. An action research model of coordinated, collaborative targeted service delivery for those homeless in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs.

Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

Community Engagement

Working with the Australian Association of Social Work to promote connection between students and social workers across the NT.

Extensive industry experience and established networks across a range of social service organisations at the local, regional and national levels.

Professional Memberships and Awards

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)


The social work team at CDU have ongoing engagement with our industry partners in the development and delivery of contemporary learning and teaching.

I continue to involved with the on-call counsellor roster with the Sexual Assault Referral Centre, responding to incidents of acute sexual assault for men, women and children.

Sue Moore


T: +61 8 8946 7310

School of Health
Blue 5.1.36
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909