Foster Care Recruitment and Assessment Worker

  • Base/Location:Njernda Aboriginal Corporation, 84 Hare Street, Echuca
  • Reports To:Out of Home Care Leader
  • Hours:3 Days per week, 22.5 hours per week
  • Award:SCHADS Level 3
  • Position Scope:

    The Recruitment and Assessment worker will identify and assess suitable potential carers for the organisation. They will support carers throughout their time with the organisation which includes coordinating and facilitating carers support groups, training and information sessions and completing carer assessments as well as conducting annual carer reviews and monthly carer supervision.


Organisational Values:


  • CULTURAL SENSISTIVITYWelcoming and serving our community with understanding and without judgment.
  • RESPECTEstablishing relationships based on respect and trust.
  • ADVOCACYWorking to transform the disadvantaged and challenge the causes that impact on our community.
  • RESILIENCE Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth.
  • ACCOUNTABILITYTaking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed.


About our Foster Care Program

The Foster Care Program works in partnership with DFFH and other key stakeholders to assist in the provision of safe, relevant, culturally sensitive and appropriate care to all Aboriginal in-home based care.


Key responsibilities:


The Recruitment and Assessment worker will identify/assess potential carers for the organisation, whilst also providing support/training to existing carers. Other duties that will be required as part of the role will include the planning/facilitation of community days and the development of culturally appropriate promotional material such as brochures to promote and attract carers/caring options. The community events will occur in conjunction with other community days (approx. 4 per year) such as NAIDOC week, inter-agency functions and Njernda Community Days. The worker will also assist with the training needs of existing carers.


Service Delivery

  • Plan and facilitate up to 4 training workshops/community events per year.
  • Attend and participate in relevant out of home care meetings.
  • Make appointment times and arrangements that suit the carers wherever possible.
  • Ensure carer feedback is sought and responded to according to NAC Policies and Procedures.
  • Respond to requests or enquires from carers, the community and service target groups.
  • Participate in program, divisional and agency activities, meetings and projects.



  • Show respect to carers/families and communicate honestly, especially about child wellbeing and safety concerns and consequences.
  • To participate in building a healthy team culture amongst, staff, volunteers, families and other key stakeholders.
  • Regularly consult with Team Leader/Manager.
  • Ensure that cultural needs are being considered throughout the recruitment, training and assessment process.



  • Maintenance of caregiver lists.
  • Documentation of caregiver assessments, reviews and supervision records.
  • Maintenance of caregiver probity checks and training records.
  • Entering of data into relevant systems.
  • Seek regular feedback and complete surveys from carers


Reporting and Compliance

  • Initiate quality activities within your department to demonstrate a genuine commitment to continuous improvement across Njernda Aboriginal Corporation.
  • Actively participate in quality activity reports within your division ensuring that a quality culture of Do, Check and Act is evident in your work conduct.
  • Undertake relevant data collection, monitor KPI’s and submit a monthly report demonstrating progress towards KPI’s to the Program Manager.


Corporate Responsibilities

  • Support values that respect historical and contemporary Aboriginal cultures so that Aboriginal people are recognised as having a special connection with the State.
  • Promote compliance with relevant legislation and Njernda’s policies.
  • Assist with and support any internal or external audit processes.


Key Selection Criteria:


  • Co-ordinate and lead the recruitment and training of prospective caregivers.
  • Coordinate and support the convening of the Assessment and Placement Committee.
  • Promote a strong team approach to Best Interests principles for the child in care.
  • To meet with prospective caregivers and exchange information.
  • To undertake comprehensive Step-by-Step assessments of caregivers.
  • To organise and facilitate regular Shared Stories, Shared Lives training to meet the needs of the program.
  • To provide regular supervision to caregivers.
  • To undertake annual reviews of caregiver households, or reviews as otherwise determined.
  • Develop and implement a caregiver training calendar.
  • Uses knowledge and experience to develop and implement systems to plan and monitor own performance.
  • Understanding of therapeutic intervention underpinned by trauma, attachment theory and resilience.
  • Strong Administrative skills, with effectiveness in developing tasks and managing resources to achieve required actions within set timeframes.
  • Communicate, consult, liaise and negotiate with a broad range of people both Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people at all levels to achieve broad project objectives and goals.
  • Understands underlying needs and issues of stakeholders and negotiates effectively to develop and implement solutions.
  • Take action to provide services that are inclusive of Aboriginal people and engage in learning about other cultures to better establish relationships and improve services.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Aboriginal culture and the special requirements of Aboriginal people.


Qualifications & Experience

  • Diploma in Community Services (desired) or tertiary qualification equivalent.
  • Relevant experience within the Out of Home Care is also desirable.


Other relevant information

  • Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Police check & Working with Children check.
  • A current driver’s license, a willingness to travel and preparedness to be accommodated overnight when required.
  • 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.


Written applications should include a covering letter.  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

34 Annesley Street, Echuca Vic 3564

PO Box 201, Echuca Vic 3564




All applications close: January 12, 2024

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).

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All applications close: 12th Jan 2024

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