Case Support Worker Wala Yarka (Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care)

  • Base/Location:Njernda Aboriginal Corporation Family Services Unit
  • Reports To:Wala Yarka Team Leader
  • Hours:Fixed term 12 months. 37.5-hour week
  • Award:SCHADS Award Level 3
  • Position Scope:

    The Wala Yarka program, which means “Water children” in Yorta Yorta language, operates under section 18 of the Children, Youth, and Families Act 2005, which offers a new model of child protection practice that involves Aboriginal organisations working in partnership with Aboriginal families. The Wala Yarka program works with Aboriginal children and young people on Child Protection orders, with a holistic wraparound approach to strengthening and empowering families.

Organisational Values:


The Case Support Worker will embrace and promote Njernda’s vision for empowering our Aboriginal community and the organisations values:


Establishing relationships based on respect and trust.


Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth.

Cultural Sensitivity

Welcoming and serving our community with understanding and without judgement.


Working to transform the disadvantaged and challenge the causes that impact on our community.


Taking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed.


About Wala Yarka:


The Wala Yarka program (pre-authorisation phase) commenced in October 2019 where the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing commenced transferring statutory responsibility of Aboriginal children on child protection orders to Njernda Aboriginal Corporation. This means that all decision making in relation to the care, case planning and case management of the child or young person could now be made at the community level (through the CEO of the ACCO). During the pre-authorisation phase this is guided by the support and partnership of the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH).

Practice within the Wala Yarka program is guided by the Children Youth and Families Act 2005 which includes best interests’ principles and Aboriginal policies such as the Aboriginal Child Placement Principles. A goal of the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation is to be a leader in the care and protection of children and young people and in working with families and communities to build capacity, resilience, and independence.

The Case support worker will support the Wala Yarka program with a wide range of Case support and administration and related activities.

The Case support role is an entry level position and has potential to progress to other roles within the Wala Yarka program as learning and experience is gained.


Key responsibilities:


Key responsibilities include;

  • Facilitating and observing supervised family visits.
  • Transporting children, young people and families to appointments, activities and events.
  • Arranging meetings and appointments as requested by program staff.
  • Completing detailed minutes of meetings as requested and providing the minutes to meeting members.
  • Making observations of children, young people, their families and their interactions and making written records of these observations.
  • Report observations of concerns to supervisors.
  • Drafting of legal applications and documents to support program staff.
  • Arranging catering and supporting with events.
  • Completing purchases on behalf of the program in line with procedures.
  • Follow all procedures relevant to the role and the Wala Yarka program.


This position description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the role. It is not an exhaustive list of duties; other tasks may be assigned as deemed necessary by the program leadership.


Key Selection Criteria:


Applicants must possess:

Required Education, Experience, and Competencies

  • Commitment to work as a collaborative team member and contribute to a positive work environment.
  • Ability to manage own workload and prioritize tasks.
  • Understanding and ability to engage, build relationships and work with children and families in the child protection system.
  • Understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal Culture and Aboriginal child raising, including Aboriginal childhood development.
  • Ability to produce quality written work.
  • Understanding of computers and ability to use Microsoft suit of programs including, Outlook, Word, Excel.
  • Ability to take direction and complete takes as requested in line with the requested timeframe.
  • Commitment to managing sensitive and confidential information to the highest standard.
  • Resilience when exposed to information about harm to children and ability to respond appropriately to disclosures of harm.
  • Understanding of and ability to maintain professional boundaries while building strong working relationships with children and families.


Personal Qualities:

  • Ability to follow direction and achieve results – takes initiative to proactively create solutions.
  • Decisiveness – Makes rational and sound decisions and seeks support when necessary.
  • Resilient – responds thoughtfully, seeks guidance, communicates effectively.
  • Adaptable – willing to learn.


Highly preferred:

  • Previous experience in working with children and families will be an asset.



  • Appointment is subject to a satisfactory National Police Records Check and Working with Children Check & Driver’s License check.
  • Commitment to equal opportunity and occupational health and safety principles and practices is 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.

Written applications should include:

    • a covering letter
    • resume
    • must address the selection criteria
    • Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees and forward to:


All applicants must address the Key Selection Criteria and include a recent resume


Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential” to:

HR Manager

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

307 High St, Echuca Vic 3564

PO Box 201, Echuca Vic 3564



Please check the closing date to ensure your application is received within the specified time. Applications may be posted, emailed or hand delivered.






All applications close: 22nd Jul 2023

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