Aboriginal Child Well-Being Practitioner (Identified)

  • Base/Location:Anglicare, 486 High Street, Echuca
  • Reports To:Family Services Manager/ The Orange Door Team Leader
  • Hours:Full Time - 37.5hrs per week
  • Award:SCHADS Award
  • Position Scope:

    The Orange Door is a government response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence with the view to coordinate services and to become a one stop shop front for family violence matters. The Orange Door will deliver a fundamental change to the way that the community service sector works with families, women, and children.

    The Orange Door Team will include a mix of staff employed by FSV and staff employed by CSOs, Aboriginal services and DHHS.

    The Aboriginal Hub Practitioner will be part of two teams – The Orange Door Team and the Njernda Family Services Team.

    The role of The Orange Door is to provide:

    • a more visible contact point so that people know where to go for specialist support.
    • help for people to identify child and family safety and wellbeing issues.
    • advice based on contemporary risk assessment tools and guidance and best available information.
    • specialist support and tailored advice for families and children.
    • connection and coordination of access to support
    • an approach across the spectrum of prevention, early intervention, and response
    • a system-wide view of service capacity, client experience and outcomes.

*Please note that this is a position open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants only.


Organizational Values


Respect Establishing relationships based on respect and trust
Accountability Taking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed
Resilience Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth
Advocacy Working to transform the disadvantage and challenge that causes impact on our community
Cultural Sensitivity Welcoming and serving our community with understanding and without judgement


Position Objective


  • To provide quality interventions and services that focus on outcomes to families experiencing vulnerability and the safety and wellbeing of children.
  • To provide education and practical support to families to enhance parenting skills and capacity and reduce risk factors impacting the safety of the child/ren or young people by referring the Families to Core services for case management.
  • To promote and engage in relationships with Aboriginal controlled organisations and Aboriginal families that promote culture as a safety for children.
  • The Orange Door will deliver a fundamental change to the way we work with women, children and families, and men.


Key Responsibilities


  • Undertake risk and needs assessments of women, children, young people and families utilising tools such as the Best Interests Framework and MARAM.
  • Work closely with relevant support services to provide creative, flexible intake service responses for women, children, and families with complex issues and who may be difficult to engage.
  • Receive referrals into the orange Door program and actively engage in crisis response, intake, initial assessment, and provision of a range of interventions to women, children and families referred to the program.
  • Make an active commitment to the development of an integrated working environment and the maintenance of a cohesive multi-disciplinary team through, active participation in staff meetings, team meetings, supervision, and practice discussions.
  • Liaise with Community Based Child Protection regarding Aboriginal Children accessing and/or being referred to the Orange Door services.
  • To fulfil the program obligation regarding case load requirements, targets, case recording, statistics, and other data collection.
  • The ability to work with a matrix model of management and integrated work environment. Participate in continuous improvement activities.
  • Deliver services that support overall system improvement and respond to the changing needs of the women, children and families that receive support.
  • Other duties as required by the Team Leader, Program Manager.


Key Selection Criteria


Applicants must possess:

  1. Demonstrated ability to conduct comprehensive safety and wellbeing assessments for Aboriginal clients experiencing parenting concerns, Family violence and or where child wellbeing concerns and to work within the Best Interest Principles ‘as outlined within the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005.
  2. Experience in applying trauma-informed principles and practices to support Aboriginal individuals and families affected by family violence.
  3. Experience in applying trauma- informed practices and principles when working with families who have been exposed too, or are currently experiencing child wellbeing concerns, parenting concerns and challenging family dynamics.
  4. Sound understanding of the Child Protection and welfare system, and experience in collaboration with a range of professionals in a care team approach.
  5. Excellent written and verbal communication, time management and organisational skills.
  6. Understanding the community’s cultural diversity and ability to practice with cultural competency and safety.
  7. Ability to partake in reflective practice and to be self-directed.


Qualifications & Experience

A relevant tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Early Childhood Specialist and / or related behavioural sciences at a degree level or associated diploma level with substantial experience in the relevant service stream.


Commitment to Safety

All children have the right to be children and live free of abuse and neglect, so they can grow, learn, and develop. Everyone within Njernda is responsible for ensuring a culture of child safety, preventing child abuse and abiding by the Child Safety Principles


Other Relevant Information

  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo satisfactory pre-employment checks, including providing at least two professional referees, completion of a medical declaration, Police Records Check, Working with Children Check, Victorian Driver’s License, and proof of identify and qualifications.
  • Commitment to equal opportunity and occupational health and safety
  • principles and practices are required.
  • You will need to disclose any pre-existing illness or injury you know about which could be affected by the described work duties. Under section 82 (7) of the Accident Compensation Act, failure to disclose such a pre-existing illness or injury will mean that, if employed, you will not be paid compensation for that condition.


To be Eligible for an Interview

The Applicant MUST address the Key Selection Criteria and include a recent resume.

Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential”

To:             Corporate Services Manager

                  Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

                  P.O. Box 21 Echuca Vic 3564

Email         jobs@njernda.com.au 


  • Written applications should include a covering letter. Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees.
  • Please check the closing date to ensure your application is received within the specified time. Applications may be posted, emailed, hand delivered or faxed (provided that a hard copy is posted on the same day).

All applications close: 20th May 2024

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