Practice Leader – ACAC

  • Base/Location:Family Services Unit 34 Annesley St, Echuca
  • Reports To:Program Manager of ACAC and Kinship
  • Hours:Full-time (37.5 hours week)
  • Award:SCHADS Award - Level 6
  • Position Scope:

    Njernda is the Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) in the Loddon area with the cultural responsibility and authority for Yorta Yorta children and young people within our legal boundary.
    The Aboriginal Children in Aboriginal Care (ACAC) program operates under Section 18 of the Children Youth and Families Act 2005 giving the Aboriginal Organisation control of Child Protection Orders for specific children.
    Practice is guided by the Child Youth and Families Act of 2005 and the Best Interest Case Principles and Aboriginal Placement principles.

    The Team Leader will be part of a team involved in the challenging role of:
    • Being a part of ground-breaking work in supporting Aboriginal Children and their families
    • Creatively work to find solutions for children and their families
    • Access to quality training in line with Victoria’s Child Protection workforce
    • Unique experience of statutory work within an Aboriginal context
    • Work in a supportive and friendly team environment

    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.

Organisational Values:

The ACAC Practice Leader will embrace Njernda’s vision for empowering our Aboriginal community and the organisations values:

  • Professional Integrity – We treat all our people with dignity and respect.
  • Quality – We always strive to do our best and improve the way we do things.
  • Responsibility – We commit to the actions we take to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
  • Client Focus – We work toward improving the health and wellbeing of our clients and community.


The responsibility and role of the Practice Leader:

The Practice Leader will support the ACAC program in developing culturally informed practice that is focussed on the child (in the context of their family) under Section 18 of the Children Youth and Families Act 2005 during the preauthorisation phase.
The Practice Leader will:
Work collaboratively with the Program Manager, Team Leader and Case managers to strengthen case practice and to support interventions which are therapeutically attune and provide healing for the child.
Support risk assessment and analysis by gathering information, identifying and analysing the information to inform decision making. Decision making will involve. children and families and other key people in the child’s life.
Support case planning, review and case management to inform case planning and interventions to ensure case work is meaningful and effective.
Promote collaborative practice that is child centred, family focused, and trauma informed.
Provide coaching and guidance and share knowledge to guide practice to encourage learning and reflection.
Implement reflective practice and staff development initiatives.
Support the development of culturally appropriate policies and procedures, resources for family work and to evaluate the delivery of the program to support continuous improvement.
Flexible and able to work after hours.


Key selection criteria:

  • An understanding the legislative framework of the Children’s Youth and families Act 2005 and the core principles of the Act.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the issues relating to families who come in contact with Child Protection.
  • Conducts strength-based assessments considering the cultural safety and wellbeing needs of the child.
  • Demonstrated experience of delivering therapeutic interventions. Utilises child development, attachment and trauma theories when assessing risk.
  • Supports referral pathways.
  • Demonstrated written skills including experience in report writing, policy and procedures and evaluation of programs.
  • Experience in staff development. Able to facilitate reflective training sessions and other training to promote staff development.


Personal Qualities:

  • Ability to achieve results – takes initiative to proactively creating solutions and solving of problems.
  • Decisiveness – Makes rational and sound decisions based on consideration and facts.
  • Resilient – responds thoughtfully, seeks guidance, communicates effectively, when working with children and families in crisis and who have experienced trauma.
  • Adaptable – willing to learn.



  • A recognised Social Work Degree or Diploma of Community Services qualification which includes:
    (a) primary focus on child development, human behaviour, family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma; and
    (b) preferably a practical component such as counselling or case work practice
  • 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.


All applications close: 10th Dec 2019

Applications must include:

  • a covering letter
  • current resume
  • address the selection criteria
  • the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees.

Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential”

To: HR Manager
Njernda Aboriginal Corporation
307 High Street,
(PO Box 201)
Echuca Vic 3564


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