Establishing relationships based on respect and trust
Taking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed
Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth
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
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.
- 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.
- 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