Child & Youth Worker – Designated Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Positions – Residential Care Mount Gambier

Residential Care, Therapeutic Strengths Based Care
Mount Gambier
Posted 1 year ago

THESE ARE IDENTIFIED POSITONS FOR ABORIGINAL AND/OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES ONLY – Do you identify? has an ongoing commitment to deliver culturally appropriate services in our communities as well as the recruitment, retention and development of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples. 13% of staff identify as Aboriginal and/or torres Strait Islander Peoples – you could be a positive part of that growth – APPLY NOW!



$32.21 minimum per hour (plus shift loadings)

 Why join the team? Some of our benefits include –



About the business

At we want all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

We are a non-government organisation (NGO) and our values (CARE – Compassion, Adaptability, Relationships, and Excellence) underpin the work we do.  Together, as one team we CARE to ensure all country people experience the same seamless and consistent service across all touch points in a welcoming and non-judgemental environment. is a Child Safe Organisation and provides an environment where the safety of children and young people is our highest priority.

10% of staff are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and growing – you could be a part of that growth.


About the role is seeking Child & Youth Workers to work as part of a team providing quality around the clock care, as well as support the development and re-integration into the community of children and young people who are under the Guardianship of the Chief Executive, Department for Child Protection and are unable to be placed within foster care due to complex trauma related behaviours or lack of foster care placements available.

The role will ensure the quality of care, rights and safety of children and young people are protected while longer-term care arrangements are developed.

The role will work within a therapeutic model of care that incorporates Therapeutic Crisis Intervention principles and trauma informed, intentional, client centred practices.

As part of this you will:

  • Provide care, guidance, support and supervision of children and young people in a reasonable age, and developmentally appropriate, manner whilst protecting children and young people from harm and exploitation.
  • Manage risk and contribute towards maintaining a safe and healthy work environment by taking personal accountability by identifying and reporting incidents, hazards and injuries in accordance with policy, procedure and Legislative requirements.
  • Work effectively with the Manager/s and other members as part of ‘one team’.
  • Maintain an appropriate level of care, safety and supervision of children and young people operating from a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and trauma informed intentional practice.
  • Provide opportunities for children and young people to experience success and realise their potential.
  • Promote positive relationships with peers, carers, parents, family members, significant others and the community.
  • Communicate effectively and contribute to the development of quality Home Based Care programs.
  • Keep written and digital records including daily observations and information about the individual needs, activities and daily presentation of children and young people aligned with legislation requirements, procedures, guidelines and work instructions.
  • Provide a well-balanced, aged appropriate, nutritional diet for children and young people including the preparation and cooking of meals.
  • Perform household duties such as but not limited to: laundry, household and vehicle cleaning, dishwashing, and changing of linen.



Special Conditions:

  • Over 21 years of age.
  • Current SA driver’s licence – P2 Provisional or Full ‘Class C’ or interstate equivalent.
  • Current Satisfactory Working with Children Check (WWCC) or willingness to obtain in accordance with policy.
  • Current National Police Check or willingness to obtain in accordance with policy.
  • Child Safe Environment Certificate or willingness to obtain in accordance with policy.
  • Satisfactory completion of the statutory psychological suitability assessment (PSA). For further information visit
  • Satisfactory completion of Trauma Responsive Practice in Education online
  • Current ‘Provide First Aid’ certificate or willingness to obtain in accordance with policy.

Qualifications, Experience and Attributes:

  • Meet the Department of Child Protection qualification requirements or be willing to complete the Certificate IV in Child, Youth & Family Intervention within 12 months of commencing employment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a model of trauma informed intentional practice.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the effects of trauma and abuse, attachment issues and the ability to provide individualised trauma responsive care.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • Highly developed skills in negotiation and liaison using conflict resolution, mediation and advocacy skills.
  • High developed communication skills (listening, verbal and written), including the ability to establish rapport and maintain a positive relationship with clients and other service providers.
  • Ability to understand how personal experiences shape values, beliefs and responses to children families and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify report and implement Work Health and Safety procedures and initiatives for personal safety and the safety of others.
  • Experience in working with Aboriginal people, their families, and their communities.
  • Demonstrated use of self-reflective practices to identify and manage own emotional responses to staff and families being supported.

How to apply

You may apply through SEEK, or email:

In support of your application please:

  • Subject line:  Your Name: [CYW – MTG]
  • A cover letter outlining your reasons for applying and addressing the essential qualifications and experience from the position description.
  • Include a current CV/Resume with contact details for two (2) referees, one (1) of whom is/was a direct line manager.


Please click here for a copy of the position description or call Lynne Lambert on 08 8724 5400.



Applications open until positions are filled.

Job Features

Job CategoryCasual, Part-time
Salary$30.46 per hour
Award LevelL2 SCHADS
Salary packagingMaxxia
Superannuation11% employer contribution
OtherFleet vehicles provided, training, coaching and mentoring
Ratios2 staff/ 4 clients

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