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:
Establishing relationships based on respect and trust.
Taking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed.
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 include.
Key Selection Criteria:
Applicants must possess:
Required Education, Experience, and Competencies
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.
Written applications should include:
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”
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