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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Support Worker-Lived Experience
Port Adelaide (Part-Time, 0.2FTE)

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Seeking an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person with lived experience of social and emotional wellbeing concerns and recovery. Qualification not essential to start but we will support you to obtain a Certificate IV. 


The Role

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Support Worker – Lived Experience will provide culturally-safe peer work support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people with mild-to-moderate social and emotional wellbeing concerns and their family and friends. This will involve the Youth and Family Support Worker safely sharing their own recovery journey with others, offering hope and practical strategies for social and emotional wellbeing recovery from the vantage point of experiential understanding.


This is a fixed term opportunity until 30 June 2023 (a subsequent fixed-term period may be offered subject to funding).


See attached Position Description for full details. 


What you need to bring

  • Due to the nature of this role, we are seeking an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person with a lived experience of social and emotional wellbeing concerns and recovery
  • Candidates must be willing to safely share this lived experience with young people, colleagues, and stakeholders as relevant
  • Candidates must be willing and have the skills to communicate with their manager about their own wellness
  • Must have or be willing to undertake within 18 months of commencing a minimum qualification of Certificate IV in Peer Work, Mental Health, or Youth Work (financially supported by Centacare)
  • Valid Department of Human Services (DHS) Working with Children Check. (previously known as ‘Child-Related Employment Screening Clearance’)
  • Due to the nature of our services, Centacare is required to comply with COVID19 government directions. You will be required to provide Centacare with your COVID19 vaccination certificate. If you cannot comply, you are encouraged to have a confidential conversation with the hiring manager about your individual circumstances to find out how this may apply to you.
  • Valid Driver’s licence
  • Ability to do some out of work hours when required


  • Holds or working towards a Certificate IV in Mental Health, Youth Work or Community Services
  • Experience in the community services sector and/or not-for-profit sector

What's in it for you

  • SCHCADS Award 2010 Level 4 $39.26 per hour + super
  • Generous salary packaging to help increase your take home pay
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • 6 weeks parental leave for primary carer and 2 weeks for secondary carer
  • Study leave for ongoing employees 

What you can expect from us

  • We work under guidance of the Aboriginal Leadership Committee and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Worker Support Policy 
  • Support you to respond to family and community obligations within work time
  • Provide opportunity for cultural supervision with the Aboriginal Services Manager 
  • Support you to engage in education and training 
  • Support you with Sorry Business and Funeral Leave 
  • Extra paid day off on the Friday of NAIDOC week to attend NAIDOC events 

Who we are

Each year, we support more than 30,000 people through community services in metropolitan and regional South Australia, operating within a strong ethical framework. We are client focused and provide support regardless of race, economic circumstance, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious belief or ethnic background. Centacare is a Child Safe, Quality Accredited Organisation and is a registered NDIS provider. 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.


To learn more about us, click on the video Cultural Awareness


How to Apply

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


For a confidential discussion about this opportunity please contact Milijana Stojadinovic, Manager, on 08 8215 6701.



With respect, no agencies please. 

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