Administration support worker (Wala Yarka Program)

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


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


  • Respect

Establishing relationships based on respect and trust.

  • Resilience
    Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth.
  • Cultural Sensitivity
    Welcoming and serving our community with understanding and without judgement.
  • Advocacy
    Working to transform the disadvantaged and challenge the causes that impact on our community.
  • Accountability

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

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


Key responsibilities:

Key responsibilities include.


  • Supporting program leadership with scheduling meetings and managing outlook appointments.
  • Completing detailed minutes of meetings as requested and providing the minutes to meeting members.
  • Maintaining statistical databases and records.
  • Drafting of legal applications and documents to support program staff.
  • Supporting the program leadership with completing audits.
  • Arranging catering and supporting with events.
  • Completing purchases on behalf of the program in line with procedures.


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.
  • 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 tasks as requested in line with the requested time frame.
  • Commitment to managing sensitive and confidential information to the highest standard.
  • Resilience when exposed to information about harm to children.
  • Understanding of basic account keeping and managing a limited budget.


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.


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 administration 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:


Written applications should include a covering letter. Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees and forward to:

Address your application marked: “Private Confidential”


HR Manager

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation 84 Hare, 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, 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: 20th Oct 2023

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