Aboriginal Family Preservation and Reunification Response Practitioners (x2)

  • Base/Location:Njernda Family Services Unit, 103-107 Hare Street, Echuca
  • Reports To:Family Services Team Leader
  • Hours:Full Time 37.5 hours per week
  • Award:SCHADS Award
  • Position Scope:

    The principal role of the Aboriginal Family Preservation and Reunification Response Practitioner is to engage and support Aboriginal families who are currently involved with child protection or community-based child protection to support safe and healthy family functioning and relationships. A key element of the role is reunifying children that have been removed from their home. This is a richly rewarding role and effects real lasting change in Aboriginal families and communities. The position will be part of a small team that works as a cohesive whole reporting to the AFPR response Team Leader.

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


Key Responsibilities


Responsibilities of the Practitioner include:

  • -Undertake outreach work that will include attending clients home to provide families with supports and strategies to build their parenting skills.
  • -Provide intensive case management to assist families in meeting goals and avoid further child protection involvement. This work includes reporting any increased concern about child safety to DFFH.
  • -Utilise relevant evidence informed, strengths-based and trauma informed intervention strategies to engage at risk families.
  • -Deliver a service response that recognises cultural healing.
  • -Contributing to risk assessments when working with vulnerable families as required
  • -Provides court/reports evidence as required.
  • -Conduct and complete case notes. This entails Maintaining both electronic and written case management systems in line with DFFH legislative and Njernda policy requirements.
  • -Support families to attend social and community events.
  • -Liaising with a range of Njernda programs, Child Protection, external service providers and Community Service Organisations as required


Key Selection Criteria


Applicants must possess:

  • -Demonstrated awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal societies and cultures, and commitment to continually build knowledge of such, along with a high level of awareness of the key issues which impact upon Aboriginal communities.
  • -An ability to work in a culturally respectful and competent manner, with Aboriginal young people, their families, and communities, to ensure that cultural connections are fostered and maintained.
  • -Work experience in a relevant field that supports an understanding of child development and family functioning including theories of attachment, intergenerational and personal trauma as well as relevant risk assessment frameworks, service responses and interventions in working with vulnerable families.
  • -A well-developed understanding of issues that impact on Aboriginal families, children, and young people, particularly those who are involved with Child Protection
  • -Sound knowledge of and experience with implementing strengths-based interventions
  • -Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to support families, children, and young people to set goals and work towards achieving goals.
  • -Sound organisational and planning skills including the ability to work independently and within a small team and maintain up to date case notes.
  • -Ability to develop and maintain relationships with services and support families to access services and supports as required.
  • -Ability to mentor other case workers and experience in supporting parents and their children through complex issues and crises and understanding the evidence informed practice approaches requirements of the program.
  • -All staff employed within Response teams will be required to participate in training to understand and apply evidence informed practice approaches including Aboriginal Practice Modules and Common Elements.
  • -Capacity to assist or support other team members when high demand or as directed by the Team leader.


Qualifications & Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, Child Development, Psychology, or a related subject area preferred, or
  • A Diploma level relevant qualification with significant professional experience


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 affect 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:             HR Manager

                  Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

                  P.O. Box 201 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 can be posted, emailed, hand delivered or faxed (provided that a hard copy is posted on the same day).

All applications close: 8th Jun 2023

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