So why work at Blue Knot?
Let us share what sets us apart.

Blue Knot Foundation is the National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma. It works to empower recovery for the more than five million (1 in 4) Australian adults who are survivors of complex trauma, their families and their communities.

As the National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma, we deliver on our purpose to empower survivors, their families and communities to heal and recover, every day. That’s because more than 5 million adult Australians are affected by repeated abuse, neglect and violence, many devastatingly so.

Since 1995, we have driven trauma-informed initiatives and complex trauma awareness as advocates, thought leaders, researchers, service providers and trainers, supporting Royal Commissions and enquiries. In 2012 our Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery in 2012 became a global first, heralding of suite of publications setting clinical and organisational practice standards.

We deliver services into urban, rural and regional communities in every state and territory, some direct to survivors and their loved ones and others building the capacity of diverse sectors and services:

Direct services

  • Short-term trauma specialist phone and online counselling, information and referral to adult survivors of complex trauma.
  • Information, referral and redress application support to adult survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
  • Educational workshops and webinars to adult survivors of complex trauma and their loved ones.
  • Accessible resources and publications.

Capacity building services

  • Professional development training for professionals and other personnel across diverse sectors in trauma-informed practice, complex trauma treatment and vicarious trauma mitigation.
  • Trauma-informed supervision, organisational consultancy, research.
  • Evidence-informed resources and publications.

Our Values

Wondering if we would be a good fit for you?

We believe that our culture sets us apart from other organisations. That’s because we pride ourselves on living and breathing our core Values and Trauma Informed Principles. They underpin everything we do and support us to make a difference every single day.

How we Support you and Value your Contribution

Our staff are our heart and soul. To support you to be your best and to balance your busy lives we provide a range of programs and support structures regardless of whether you work full or part time:

Remote Working

As we don’t have an office, all our roles are home based. This means that personal time can be enjoyed to the full, and we all save time travelling.  We do have access to meeting spaces to support in person team and cross-team collaboration at scheduled times. However, our technology, communication channels and infrastructure have been designed to support individual and team productivity and whole of organisation connections regardless of where you live.

Professional Development

    • Two full days of paid leave per year and an annual development plan to support professional development.
    • Regular team and whole of organisation meetings to share information, support learning and collaboration.
    • An online learning platform to support personal and professional awareness and knowledge transfer.
    • Monthly clinical supervision as well as in-house debriefing is available to all of our counselling staff.

Employee Voice

It takes a truly collaborative effort to build a culture internally of which we are all proud and which enables us to optimise the impact we make externally.  We foster and forge structures to support the sharing of ideas and insights and to provide and respond to feedback to drive our organisational development internally and externally.


At Blue Knot, we don’t just provide all staff with a competitive salary, but also offer full charitable organisation salary packaging benefits that enable our permanent and fixed term staff to deduct certain personal expenses from their gross pay before income tax is applied.

These personal expenses can include:

  • general living expenses such as groceries, petrol, mortgage, rent, loans of up to $15,900 per annum.
  • other items such as eat in meals at a restaurant/café/hotel, accommodation within Australia or overseas, venue hire expenses of up to $2,650 per annum.

Upcoming Positions Available

If we sound like the type of organisation that aligns with your values and you want to make a difference, please check out our current vacancies below.

If you are interested in joining us but we do not have a suitable vacancy, please bookmark this page and revisit when a more suitable vacancy is advertised.  Unfortunately, we cannot respond to speculative applications or agency enquiries.

Helpline and Redress Counsellor

Blue Knot Foundation is seeking an experienced trauma-informed counsellor to join our Helpline and Redress Team.
Our experienced and friendly team is comprised of counsellors specialising in complex trauma support and working across both services. We champion a growth mindset and work together collaboratively to provide a service and working environment that is trauma informed and embraces diversity, quality & safety.

This role will work Tuesday, Thursday & Friday each week, plus weekends & public holidays in line with a rotating roster. The working day is 7.5 hours within daytime hours.

If this role sounds interesting so far, you can work safely from home, have a reliable internet connection and live in NSW, VIC, SA or QLD, please review the Position Description and then email using the link below. Please note that we will need to receive all of the below items in your application email to be able to consider your application.

• Up to date resume, including phone, email and home address.
• Cover letter outlining how your background meets the criteria listed in the ‘Qualifications, Registrations and Experience’ section of the position description.
• Your availability to work Tuesday, Thursday & Friday each week, plus weekends & public holidays as required.
• The earliest date that you can commence the role.
• A copy of your current visa, if you are not an Australian permanent resident or citizen.

The role commencement date is ASAP. There is no closing date for this role, as we will be reviewing applications and interviewing in line with suitable application receipt. Therefore, early application is recommended.

This role is covered by the SCHADS Award, with a pay classification of Social and Community Services Employee Level 5 – Pay Point 3.

Email your application to: [email protected]

Download Position Description

Board Directors

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified and experienced Board directors with strong corporate connections and broad influential networks to join our Board as a non-executive voluntary director. Candidates that also have strategic expertise within People and Culture, Finance, Investment, or ICT/cybersecurity will be highly regarded.

Our Board of Directors meet six times per year remotely, usually on Mondays 4-6pm AEST/AEDT, and longer face-to-face meetings on a Saturday once or twice a year.

If you want to influence high level strategic thinking, strategic governance and funding opportunities that can positively enhance the impact of Australia’s thought leading organisation in Complex Trauma, please submit your cover letter outlining your relevant experience and resume to [email protected]