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Are you passionate about youth social justice and want to make a difference?

Are you a self-starter who cares deeply about young people getting the support they need?

THEN YOU MIGHT BE THE PERSON WE ARE LOOKING FOR!

current opportunities

Check out the opportunities below, along with the option to volunteer as a Live-in Mentor in our Enhanced Lead Tenant program which supports young people in out-of-home-care on their path to adulthood. There’s more information in the Volunteer section.

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identified position.

Who we are

We are a dynamic not-for-profit organisation that works with vulnerable young people and children. For 50 years we have been creating opportunities that support them to realise their potential.

We also have a long history of supporting First Nations justice, and directly supporting First Nations young people, particularly through our Hand Brake Turn and Inside Out programs. We now want to formalise a whole-of-organisation pledge to First Nations justice by developing our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Join an organisation that is making a positive difference in the lives of young people, and drive our impact for First Nations peoples.


What you will do with us

We are seeking a First Nations young person who can bring the voice of First Peoples and young people to the process of developing Concern Australia’s first Reconciliation Action Plan. This is a paid role that will also be a fantastic personal, career and leadership development opportunity.

The hourly rate (ordinary) of pay will range between $37.54 to $40.39 plus superannuation. The role will take 1-2 days per month, hours to be agreed on appointment.

This position is only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants. Concern Australia considers that being Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under s 20(d) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and s 28 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

How you will make an impact

As Deputy Chair you will help guide the process of developing Concern Australia’s first RAP and our ongoing commitment to tangible outcomes for First Nations people – both directly through our programs for vulnerable young people, and in the ways we conduct our work throughout our organisation.

Who you are

You’re a passionate First Nations young person with:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the historical and contemporary issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Experience or engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people or communities.
  • Understanding of the challenges facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
  • A commitment to advocating for the self-determination and prosperity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, managing priorities effectively to ensure successful RAP development, approval and implementation.

What you need to have

  • Demonstrated ability and experience that enables you to ensure the voice of young people, and First Nations perspectives, are prioritised in the development and implementation of the Concern Australia Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Knowledge of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Awareness of community engagement principles and practices and an understanding of the issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly young people.
  • Ability to build positive and effective working relationships with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to share, deliver and promote awareness and an ability to advocate for social justice outcomes for the communities you represent.
  • Demonstrated time management skills and ability to meet deadlines.

We’d really like you to have

  • Experience working or volunteering in a community-based program setting.

Some important paperwork before you can join the team

To offer you this role, you will need to be fully eligible and have the legal right to work in Australia.

Before you can join our team, you must have a Working with Children Check, a National Police Check, International Police Check (If you have lived overseas for 12 months or longer in the past 10 years) and other employment screening or credential checks as determined by the position description.

What’s in it for you?

It’s the feeling of knowing that your work is contributing to making the world a better place for First Nations children and young people, and working with others who feel the same. You will also have access to:

  • Competitive salary packaging to increase your take home pay
  • Supported training and development programs
  • Employee Assistance Program, a free and confidential counselling service
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • On-site parking

How to apply

For more information, contact Brendan Littlechild, Chair of the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, on 0421 094 416 or email brendan.litlechild@iwconsulting.com.au

To apply, send a cover letter (including a statement addressing the key selection criteria as outlined in the position description) and a CV that includes professional and cultural referees to kathleen.rabar@concernaustralia.org.au with a subject line ‘Deputy Chair, RAP Working Group’.

Download the full position description.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so get yours in soon!

Our commitment to diversity

We are committed to building and maintaining an inclusive work environment and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds including but not limited to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with a disability to apply for advertised positions.

If you have the skills to do the advertised role, and think you would be a good fit for our organisation, we would love to hear from you!

Our commitment to Child Safety

We are committed to providing child safe and protected environments in all our activities and programs and we have a zero tolerance approach to child abuse or exploitation.

YOUTH WORKER

  • This position is located at SE Office, Dandenong.
  • This is a 12-month fixed term full time position.

 

ABOUT THE ROLE 

We are calling for enthusiastic and experienced individuals to assist our Inside Out team to achieve better social and economic outcomes for people in our community.

As a Youth Worker, you will be required to provide young people with safe and appropriate support, case management, advocacy and information to assist young people to make informed choices about their lives.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO SUCCEED:

The successful applicant for this position will be able to demonstrate:

Essential:

  • Demonstrated commitment and personal desire to adhere to Concern Australia’s Mission, Vision, Values and Goals and to work in a team environment.
  • Tertiary qualifications in either social work, youth work, social sciences or related field.
  • Relevant experience on a similar role, including experience in working with all levels of management and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience in being an efficient problem solver and a well-organized coordinator.
  • Knowledge of the Youth Justice system and Child Protection out of home care systems
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Current Victorian Driver’s License.
  • Satisfactory National Police Check and International Police Check (International Police Check if applicable).
  • Valid Working with Children Check or relevant Victorian Teaching Registration.

Desirable:

  • First Aid Certificate.
  • Knowledge of the Youth Justice system and Child Protection out-of-home-care systems.

If you are passionate about using your skills to make a positive impact in the community, we’d love to hear from you!

This position is classified in accordance with Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 MA000100, Level 3 with the salary range from $64,000 – $68,000 + super and the level to be commensurate with the skills and experience.

Appointments are subject to eligibility and the legal right to work in Australia.

Appointments are subject to satisfactory Working with Children Check, National Police Check, International Police Check (If resided overseas for a period of 12 months or longer for the past 10 years) and other employment screening or credential checks as determined by the position description.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

  • Competitive salary packaging to increase your take home pay
  • Supported training and development programs
  • Employee Assistance Program, a free and confidential counselling service
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • On-site parking

HOW TO APPLY

For further information, please contact Luke Philp, Program Manager on (03) 9470 2972.

Here is a link the the position description.

Please submit your cover letter, resume and a statement addressing the key selection criteria (as outlined in the attached position description) to Inga Teague, HR Advisor, with the subject line ‘Youth Worker’ via inga.teague@concernaustralia.org.au.

Applications will need to be submitted by 5:00 pm 26 August 2021.

 

Equal Opportunity Statement

Concern Australia is committed to build and maintain an inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds including but not limited to people from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with a disability to apply for advertised positions.

If you have the skills to do the advertised role and think you would be a good fit for our organisation, we would love to hear from you!

 

Child Safety Statement

Concern Australia is committed to providing child safe and protected environments in all its activities and programs and has a zero tolerance approach to child abuse or exploitations. Children have the right to be safe and protected.

VOLUNTEER WITH US

Volunteering is a great way for members of the community to
DONATE THEIR SKILLS AND TIME TO HELP US DELIVER AND MANAGE OUR PROGRAMS.

We value our amazing volunteers and could not do the work we do without them!
You can make a world of difference in a young person or child’s life by helping to support them
in areas of Education, Housing and Homelessness, and Justice.
Interested in contributing your time, talents and skills?

Fill in the volunteer form below and we will get back to you soon.

You can also check out the Position Description for the volunteer role as Live in Mentor

WE ARE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR THESE PROGRAMS

Exciting opportunities are now available to become a live-in mentor to young people as part of our Enhanced Lead Tenant program, which provides accommodation, and support services to young people who are on statutory orders (child protection and/or youth justice). The young people are aged between 16 – 19 years and are usually exiting residential services.

For more information please visit our Inside Out page

Exciting opportunities are now available to become a mentor to young people as part of our Hand Brake Turn team. You will work alongside young people equipping them with life skills that promote independence.

We are seeking someone with knowledge of the education and/or employment sectors including LLENs, Learn Local Providers, RTOs and TAFE, knowledge of the Youth Justice system and Child Protection out of home care systems, and/or experience in support and case management of adolescents.

For more information please visit our Hand Brake Turn page.

APPLY TO VOLUNTEER HERE

    Select a program you would like to volunteer your time for or select general to work with Concern Australia on various programs and activities. You can select multiple programs.

    PARTNERS

    • AFL SportsReady
    • Albert Park Primary School
    • Anglican Parish of Mount Dandenong
    • Ardoch
    • Aussie Tune
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia
    • Bunnings – Dandenong South, West Footscray, Sunshine
    • Business Chicks
    • Calendar Print
    • Casamento Photography
    • Casey Cardinia Foundation
    • Catalyst Network
    • Caulfield Grammar
    • Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare
    • Centre for Multicultural Youth
    • City LLEN
    • City of Greater Dandenong
    • City of Maribyrnong
    • City of Melbourne
    • City of Yarra
    • Collingwood Neighbourhood House
    • Collingwood Soup Van
    • Commonwealth Bank
    • Country Women’s Association
    • Cultivating Community
    • Currie & Brown
    • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Dandenong Christian Reformed Church
    • Department of Justice and Community Safety
    • Department of Transport
    • Drummond Street Services
    • FareShare
    • God’s Squad CMC, various chapters throughout Australia
    • Good Shephard Microfinance
    • Gospel Resource Ltd
    • Graeme Pearson
    • Grilled Collingwood
    • HoMie
    • Hosier Hoodies – Ben Hoban
    • HUG Foundation
    • Igniting Change
    • Indigenous Workforce Consulting
    • John Peberdy
    • John Sands
    • Joy Smith Foundation
    • Kids in Philanthropy
    • Kids Own Publishing
    • Kids Under Cover
    • Kilfinan Australia
    • KOGO
    • LMCF – The Tan Family Foundation
    • Ladder
    • Launch Housing
    • Lauriston Girls’ School
    • Les Twentyman Foundation
    • Lighthouse Foundation
    • Lindsay Tanner
    • LL Group Holdings Pty Ltd
    • Maribyrnong Mooney Valley LLEN
    • Marion Webster
    • Matt Adnate
    • Modara Pines Charitable Foundation
    • Mt Dandenong Primary School
    • Narre Warren Community Learning Centre
    • NED Whisky
    • Neighbourhood Justice Centre
    • OzHarvest
    • Royal Automobile Club of Victoria
    • RMIT University
    • Ray White Southbank
    • Rotary Club of Carlton
    • Rotary Club of Central Melbourne
    • Rotary Club of Essendon
    • Rotary Club of Footscray
    • Rotary Club of Greater Dandenong
    • Rotary Club of Keilor
    • Rotary Club of Moorleigh Moorabbin
    • Rotary Club of Port Melbourne
    • Rotary Club of Southbank
    • SELLEN
    • Social Engine
    • Social Traders
    • South Sudanese Australia Youth United
    • Spotlight Foundation
    • St Hilary’s Women on Thursday Group
    • St James & St Peter’s Anglican Church
    • Sunbury College
    • TAL
    • Taylor’s Lakes Secondary College
    • The Big Umbrella
    • The Jack Brockhoff Foundation
    • Tradeswomen Australia
    • The Tan Family Foundation
    • V8 Supercars Australia
    • Victoria Police
    • Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
    • Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce
    • Victorian Council of Social Services
    • Victorian Government Multicultural Festival and Events
    • Wallaroo Primary School
    • WAYSS
    • Whitelion
    • William Buckland Foundation
    • Wilma Gallet and Associates
    • Wombat Housing Support Services
    • Women CAN Australia
    • Western Region Aged Care Inc.
    • Wyndham City Council