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Aboriginal Engagement Worker
Mount Gambier (Part-Time 0.2FTE)
  • Highly skilled multidisciplinary team
  • Experienced and supportive leadership
  • SCHCADS Award Level 5 ($41.89 p/h + super + salary sacrifice tax saving benefit)

Early intervention service focused on strengthening parenting capacity to improve family functioning and child safety with children under 18 years of age.


About Us

Our mission is to provide relevant, authentic and effective services that will enhance the quality of life of our clients and enable them to participate fully in the community. We employ 600 staff across metropolitan and regional locations. We deliver services to over 30,000 South Australians each year, without regard to religion, race, culture, sexuality, gender or economic circumstance. We support people in the areas of disability, family, youth and children, health and well-being, education and training, homelessness and domestic violence. Centacare is a child-safe and a quality accredited organisation.


About the Position

The Aboriginal Engagement Worker is responsible for working in partnership with families, and other professionals in a multidisciplinary team. The role will focus on enhancing engagement and supporting connection to culture and community for Aboriginal families. The Aboriginal Engagement Worker may work beside the allocated Case Manager to support the assessment, therapeutic case work and intervention for child safety risk factors. 


Some of the key duties in this role will include:

  • Establishing and developing respectful and transparent engagement with Aboriginal families.
  • To assess their parenting strengths and areas of support need (including child protection risk and protective factors) and together support the development of an individual case plan
  • Using the evidence based assessment tools-North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS), Protective Factors Scale (PFS-2), Westerman Aboriginal Symptom Checklist Adult (WASC-A)
  • Providing inclusive cultural support to improve their relationships and connections to family, culture, and community, as well as enhance their life skills and efficacy, in creating sustainable safety and stability for their family

See attached Position Description for full details. 


Essential Criteria

  • Social Work Degree or equivalent
  • Experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with complex needs
  • Knowledge of Child Protection Legislation
  • Valid Department for Human Services (DHS) Working with Children Check. Checks can be initiated at
  • Valid Driver's Licence 

Desirable Criteria 

  • Knowledge of the impact of intergenerational trauma, grief and loss and factors affecting safety and wellbeing
  • Sound theoretical knowledge of the impact of childhood trauma and factors affecting attachment as well as relevant therapeutic interventions
  • Experience using Athena Penelope client records management software

Culture and Benefits

We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with respect. We value the uniqueness of individuals, we consult, collaborate and operate with integrity and professionalism. Centacare is committed to cultivating a harmonious workplace free from harassment and discrimination. Equal opportunity principles align with our mission, vision and values. We believe that treating our workers fairly has a positive impact on our clients and maintains our reputation as a great place to work! We offer benefits such as tax savings via salary sacrifice, paid parental leave, supportive work environment and on-going development through various training opportunities.


How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter (as one document) outlining how you meet the requirements of this position. To access the position description or submit your application click on the Apply button!


Applicants from Aboriginal or Torres Strait backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 


For a confidential discussion about this opportunity please contact Michelle Warner, Manager, on 08 8215 6700.


Applications will close at 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

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