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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.

MECHANIC – fiXit Social Enterprise 

  • Full Time, 12 months Fixed Term
  • Located at North West and South East

ABOUT US

Concern Australia is a dynamic not-for-profit organisation that has, for the past 50 years, worked with vulnerable young people and children, creating opportunities that see them reach their potential.

Join an organisation that is making a positive difference in the lives of young people!

ABOUT THE ROLE

Do you want to use your automotive skills and combine them in a role that will see you engaging with young people that are looking to change the direction of their lives? Yes….

Then this newly created role for an experienced automotive professional with a passion to see the next generation succeed may be just for you.

Working within the fiXit social enterprise, you will assist with the day to day running of the workshop while ensure trainees are given the best possible start to their career in the automotive industry. This role is designed for a mechanic who wants to make a difference.

Accredited by Social Traders, fiXit social enterprise provides a service to the local community through the provision of service and repair of vehicles (handbook servicing), the collection of donated vehicles for restoration, sale and/or donation to individuals in need.

The Key Duties of the Role include:

  • Undertaking the role of a mechanic in a fully functioning automotive workshop.
  • Assist with overseeing a dynamic workshop environment.
  • Mentoring young people.
  • Assisting trainees in their development by delivering quality on the job training.
  • Ensuring compliance with Workplace Health and Safety Standards and Child Safety Standards.
  • Working closely with the fiXit Social Enterprise Coordinator, colleagues within the Hand Brake Turn program and across Concern Australia.

This is a full time, 2-year fixed term position that can be spread over 4-5 days, and will be based at our North West office in Braybrook. Travel to our South East workshop in Dandenong, will be required.

This position is classified in accordance with the Vehicle Repair Services and Retail Award 2020 RS&R Level II R7 with the salary range and the level to be commensurate with the skills and experience.

SELECTION CRITERIA

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.
  • Automotive industry, qualified mechanic.
  • Business and commercial skills to market, develop and grow a small business.
  • Sound presentation skills, including an ability to facilitate group discussions and activities with demonstrated experience in working with young people.
  • Ability to relate to young people who may come from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Intermediate computer skills, including the use of Microsoft Outlook, MS Word, Excel and database entry.
  • Willingness to obtain a valid Working with Children Check, satisfactory National Police Check (or International where required) as it relates to the Social Enterprise Coordinator position.
  • Willingness to obtain Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification.
  • Current Victorian Driver’s Licence.

Desirable but not essential:

  • Life experience, or experience in running a small business.
  • Qualifications in Youth Work, Social Work or Community Development.
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
  • Relevant experience in a Community/Not for Profit sector, including working with vulnerable persons.
  • First Aid Certificate.
  • Experience working with various digital platforms, including social media.

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.

This role is considered an ‘authorized worker’. Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of an immunization assessment and COVID-19 Vaccination (or valid exemption) prior to commencement.

BENEFITS WE OFFER

  • 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 further information, please contact Richard Parker, General Manager Living, Learning and Earning on 0402 017 192.

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 ‘Mechanic – fiXit’ Social Enterprise via Inga.Teague@concernaustralia.org.au

Read the Position Description here.

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, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, 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 exploitation. Contact and working with children is a critical responsibility. Children have the right to be safe and protected.

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

  • Part Time, 0.8 FTE fixed term until 1/11/2023
  • Located at Braybrook 

ABOUT US

Concern Australia is a grassroots welfare organization that emerged out of the work of Rev Dr John Smith who also nurtured the growth of the God’s Squad Christian Motorcycle Club in the 1970s.  Today we work with young people and children aged 5 – 25 years, creating opportunities for them to live, learn and earn better and create the space for them to live life to the full.

This role is an opportunity to use your skills, experience and passion to support young people doing it hard, working in partnership with them to make a real difference in their lives. Did we say you’d also be part of a wonderful and caring team?! We seek compassionate and motivated individuals who share our values in faith, integrity, respect and belonging. Does this sound like you? We’d love to hear from you…

ABOUT THE ROLE

The key focus of the Youth Engagement Officer’s role is to enhance the work of the Hand Brake Turn program and fiXit Social Enterprise which provides pre-vocational automotive training in a fully functioning workshop environment.

Through brokering referrals to further education, apprenticeships and traineeships, the Youth Engagement Officer will ensure vulnerable young people are supported through their Hand Brake Turn and fiXit experience and then to settle into their employment.

This position is funded through the Building Safer Communities Fund and has a focus on youth justice in the North West region.

 This is a part time, 0.8 FTE 2-year fixed term position that can be spread over 4-5 days, and will be based at our North West office in Braybrook.

This position is classified in accordance with the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 MA000100, with the salary range Level 3 and the salary level to be commensurate with skills and experience.

SELECTION CRITERIA

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

Essential:

  • Communications skills, including an ability to work in a team environment and to engage and support young people towards their goals.
  • Commitment and personal desire to adhere to Concern Australia’s Mission, Vision, Values and Goals.
  • Knowledge and empathy on how to work with disadvantaged young people and their families in a youth justice setting.
  • Willingness to obtain a valid Working with Children Check, satisfactory National Police Check (or International where required).
  • Current Victorian Driver’s License.

Desirable:

  • Tertiary qualification in either community development, social sciences or other related qualification and/or relevant experience.
  • First Aid Certificate.
  • Relevant experience within a Community Service Organisation or RTO.

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.

This role is considered an ‘authorized worker’. Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of an immunization assessment and COVID-19 Vaccination (or valid exemption) prior to commencement.

BENEFITS WE OFFER

  • 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 Richard Parker, General Manager Living Learning and Earning, on 0402 017 192 or richard.parker@concernaustralia.org.au. Please submit your application form, a cover letter, a resume and a statement addressing the key selection criteria (as outlined in the attached position description) via the email Inga.Teague@concernaustralia.org.au with the subject line ‘Youth Engagement Officer’.  Applications will be reviewed as they get received.

Read the Position Description here.

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, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, 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 exploitation. Contact and working with children is a critical responsibility. 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 – 21 years and are usually exiting residential services.

Lead Tenant – Live in Mentor (Voluntary)

CONCERN AUSTRALIA

  • Are you someone who wants to make a difference in a young person’s life?
  • We are seeking enthusiastic candidates for our Lead Tenant Houses in Eastern and Southern Melbourne suburbs.

As a Lead Tenant – Live-In Mentor in our Inside Out program you will reside in a property alongside another Mentor/Lead Tenant and one to two young people.

You will have the privilege of giving back to your community and being a positive role model to these young people. You’ll be expected to share basic living skills such as cooking, budgeting and house maintenance, whilst maintaining the freedom to engage in your own work or study.

The young people participating in this program are aged between 16-18 years and are seeking to transition into independent living after exiting residential care. The Lead Tenant program seeks to empower young people experiencing disadvantage by giving them the tools and training to continue to lead healthy, independent and fulfilling lives.

THERE ARE MANY ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS TO BECOMING A LIVE-IN MENTOR/LEAD TENANT INCLUDING:

  • Rent-free living with utilities and Netflix included
  • Access to specialised Live-In Mentor training and more
  • Valuable experience working with young people as a mentor
  • Opportunity to give back to the community and support young people in need

WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO is able to:

  • Establish positive and meaningful relationships with young people
  • Encourage and live out your enthusiasm and engagement in education and/or employment
  • Demonstrate excellent social, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrate and teach living skills such as budgeting, cooking and self-care
  • Provide support to young people in the development of their communication skills
  • Want to make a positive difference in a young person’s life

IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE ROLE, YOU WILL ALSO NEED TO MEET OUR MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS INCLUDING:

  • An ability to live in a share house setting
  • Willingness to interact with co-residents
  • Be eligible for a Working with Children Check
  • Undergo a National & International Police Check
  • Engaged in work or study
  • Willingness to actively participate and undertake Live-In Mentor training

 

HOW TO APPLY

If you have any questions about the role, please get in touch with Andrew Johnstone, Program Manager on 0432 694 099.

A position description is attached.

Please send your applications via LIM@concernaustralia.org.au with the subject line ‘Lead Tenant – Live in Mentor’.

Applications will be reviewed as they get received.

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.

For more information please visit our Inside Out page

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.

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