Kinship Care-Placement and Support Worker

  • Base/Location:Family Services Unit
  • Reports To:Team Leader Out of Home Care
  • Hours:Full-time (37.5 hour week)
  • Award:SHADS award
  • Position Scope:

    The Family Services Unit helps strengthen families to control their own destinies. Staff of the Family Services Unit will work together to develop a range of programs and services for families. The Kinship Care-Placement and Support Worker supports the care of children in Out of Home Care by supporting agencies to deliver a cultural appropriate service to Aboriginal children in care.

Organisational 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

Kinship care

The Kinship Care Program works in partnership with DFFH, Anglicare & Njernda Corporation Family Services to assist in the provision of safe, relevant, culturally sensitive, and appropriate Kinship care to all Aboriginal children requiring alternative care.

Role Purpose:
  • Establish and implement a culturally relevant Kinship Care program for Aboriginal children and their extended families/carers in line with the Aboriginal Child Placement Principles.
  • Work with the Aboriginal community to support community placements.
  • Provide support/counselling to individuals and families as required.
  • Participate in the development of a cultural plan for Aboriginal children in Kinship/Out of Home care.
  • Involve interested relevant parties in the development of cultural plans ensuring the building of relationships between the child, their family, and the caregiver.
  • Ensure the “looking after children” planning processes for any Aboriginal child entering Kinship/out of home care are culturally appropriate.
  • Assist mainstream out of home care givers to understand Aboriginal culture and lifestyle.
  • Source and provide information/stories about a particular child’s tribe/clan culture.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Respond to the needs of community members, providing support to individuals and families as required including:
  • information and Referral to other services.
  • Resource assistance.
  • Understand and promote the philosophy and need for an Aboriginal health/family service.
  • Work as a team member in conjunction with Family Services, Health and Administrative staff.
  • Support other team members in their work.
  • Work cooperatively to develop local community events e.g., family days, NAIDOC week, cultural events etc.
  • Represent the organization and/or community in forums outside the agency (e.g., at court, on panels, on Committees etc.).
  • Participate in ongoing training and development.
  • Always ensure the confidentiality of client information.
  • Maintain appropriate data and program and client records.
  • In consultation with the Programs and Services Manager, monitor and evaluate program delivery.
  • Perform first support assessments and support kinship case contracting work
  • Other duties as directed.
  • Act, always, in a professional manner in accordance with the policies and practices of the Corporation.
Key Selection Criteria:
Applicants must possess:
  • A proven Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal people and Aboriginal Culture.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of issues relating to the needs of Aboriginal families in the area.
  • Demonstrated understanding of child welfare services.
  • Understanding and commitment to Aboriginal community controlled medical/family services.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal people and handle issues in a sensitive manner.
  • Sound negotiation skills.
  • An ability to advocate on behalf of individuals and families.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to maintain records and manage time effectively and efficiently.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively as part of a multi-skilled team.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Current driver’s license. 
Other relevant information
  • Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Police check & Working with Children check.
  • 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: Corporate Services Manager

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

307 High St,

Echuca Vic 3564

(PO Box 201)

Echuca Vic 3564


All applications close: Wednesday 12th January 2022

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).  Applications may be posted, emailed, hand delivered or faxed (provided that a hard copy is posted on the same day).


All applications close: 12th Jan 2022

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