Work for Open Arms
Since our creation in 1982, our purpose has been to provide world-class counselling and support to those men and women who serve in defence of our nation.
About Open Arms
By employing qualified counsellors, Open Arms has been able to provide innovative services to veterans and their families for almost 40 years.
Our working environment is professional, well supported clinically and administratively, and dedicated to providing collaborative and optimal health outcomes.
To learn more about working with Open Arms, you can read our Prospectus (PDF).
As an Open Arms counsellor, you will work in challenging clinical situations, helping Australia's veterans and their families work through:
- deployment, discharge and transition-related issues
- difficulties with relationships
- anger control issues
- depression and anxiety
- substance and alcohol misuse
- past trauma and PTSD.
Your work will make a real difference.
People interested in working with us have three pathways to choose from - via the Australian Public Service (APS), as a contractor or as part of the Open Arms Outreach Program.
APS vacancies can be found at Careers with DVA.
Contractor positions are available via recruitment agencies. Please contact your local recruitment agency to discuss available opportunities.
Would you like to provide Open Arms Outreach Program services?
Our mission is to excel in delivering leading mental health and wellbeing services.
Our vision is to provide veterans and their families with the highest level of support.
The Open Arms Outreach Program is designed to increase service accessibility for Open Arms clients. It establishes a network of accredited mental health clinicians, engaged through statutory registration, to support the delivery of services on behalf of Open Arms across Australia.
Positions available include:
- Outreach Program Counsellors – individual, couples and families
- Group Program Facilitators
- Clinical Supervisors
Before applying to become a provider, it is essential that you read the Open Arms Provider Notes (PDF).
The Notes contain detailed information on the provision of Open Arms Outreach Program services and outline the terms of agreement. Prospective providers must agree to the conditions set out in the Provider Notes as part of the application process.
How do you apply to provide Open Arms Outreach Program services?
If you agree to the conditions in the Provider Notes, the next step is to complete the Statutory Registration Application form (PDF).
You can use this form to apply for any or all roles – just mark the appropriate boxes.
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All applications must be accompanied by the requested documentation when lodged.
Submit your application by using the email option at the bottom of the form, or you can send it directly to OPENARMS.OPCMANAGEMENT@dva.gov.au.
Applications will initially be assessed for basic eligibility – if this is met, you will be contacted by your local Open Arms Centre for an interview before a final decision is made. We will keep you up to date as your application progresses through our assessments.
If your application is successful you will receive official notification of your Statutory Registration with Open Arms. Your local Open Arms Centre will then arrange for mandatory induction and training relevant to your role to be provided before you can provide services.
Open Arms takes care to ensure providers are matched to clients depending on the needs of the client, location and expertise of the provider. Please be aware that registration does not guarantee that you will receive referrals from Open Arms.
Schedule of fees
Payment for services is based on the current Open Arms OPC Fee Schedule.
- Open Arms fee schedule - July 2019
- Open Arms fee schedule - Group Program Facilitators - Jan 2020 (PDF 48KB)
- Open Arms fee schedule - Counsellors and Clinical Supervisors - Jan 2020 (PDF 151KB)
This Fee Schedule is indexed in accordance with the indexation rate applied to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) of fees.
Are you a veteran with clinical experience?
If you are a veteran, you know how important these services are and how difficult military life can be, both on the serving members and their families. If you’re a veteran with psychology experience, we would love to hear from you.
Contact Open Arms on 1800 011 046.
Veterans and their families face unique experiences during a military career, and in transitioning to civilian life.
Open Arms – Veterans and Veterans Family Counselling (formerly VVCS) was founded by Australia's Vietnam veterans after a difficult chapter in Australia's history
Open Arms contributes to a wide range of research projects in Australia and around the world, as well as funding professional development for counsellors.