careers with us

Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative employs over 100 staff in a range of positions in social, community, health and corporate services. Most staff are based at our two main office locations at Morgan Street and Mackey St in North Geelong.

Wathaurong employees enjoy a range of benefits including:

  • Generous annual leave
  • 10% superannuation
  • Not for profit salary packaging options
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Accredited training opportunities and study leave

The Cooperative is one of the largest employers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Geelong region, and we welcome applications and interest from the Aboriginal community for all positions advertised - we encourage you to let us know on your application if you're one our mob!

All appointments are subject to the satisfactory completion of applicable screening checks(Including but not limited to: Working with Children Check, National Police Check and Evidence of COVID19 vaccination).

Applications and enquiries for vacancies can be submitted either via our adverts on SEEK, or directly to jobs@wathaurong.org.au

Applications should consist of a current resume and a brief cover letter submitted in Word or PDF. Where key selection criteria must be specifically addressed, this is requested in the job advertisement. We appreciate the time applicants take to apply for our roles but note that only shortlisted candidates are contacted.

Our Commitment to Child Safety

Wathaurong is committed to providing a child safe environment. We have zero tolerance of any abuse or maltreatment of children. We are committed to ensuring children and young people are able to actively participate in decisions that affect their lives. We understand our legal and moral obligations to treat any child safety concerns seriously. We report any allegations and well being concerns to authorities.

 

Current Vacancies - Employment

We are currently accepting applications for the following vacancies:

 

Health Worker- Towards Home Plus

We currently have a Full Time Fixed Term (12 months) opportunity to join our Mental Health Team in the role of Health Worker- Towards Home Plus.

The Health Worker-Towards Home Plus will deliver proactive and assertive outreach to engage and provide a crucial point of first contact, with people who are homeless or sleeping rough. As a member of the Assertive Outreach Team, The Aboriginal Health Worker - Towards Home Plus will engage people who are sleeping rough through assertive foot patrols with the aim of providing support with:
• maintaining their tenancy through improved daily living skills
• gaining access to clinical health and mental health services
• engaging with local community

Please click the above link for the Position Description and further information.

Applications and enquiries should be sent via SEEK or emailed to jobs@wathaurong.org.au

Applications should consist of a current resume and a cover letter including responses to the Key Selection Criteria, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date

Applications close on Friday the 17th of June 2022

 

Domestic Assistant

We currently have a Casual opportunity to join our Disability Services Team in the role of Domestic Assistant. This role focuses on providing culturally sensitive and appropriate in-home domestic services and support to clients within the local aboriginal community. The role works on site at client homes within the guidelines of the Active Service Model (ASM).

Please click the above link for the Position Description and further information.

Applications and enquiries should be sent via SEEK or emailed to jobs@wathaurong.org.au

Applications should consist of a current resume and a cover letter including responses to the Key Selection Criteria, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date

Applications close on Friday the 17th of June 2022

 

Local Justice Worker

We currently have a full time ( Fixed Term 18 months) opportunity to join our Family Services Team in the role of Local Justice Worker. The Local Justice Worker Program (LJWP) aims to improve justice outcomes for Aboriginal people in the Barwon area.

Through Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja, the fourth phase of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement, the Victorian Government and the Aboriginal Community are committed to improving Aboriginal justice outcomes and reducing negative contact with the criminal justice system.

Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja, aims to address the ongoing issues of Aboriginal over representation within all levels of the criminal justice system, while also improving access to justice related services and promoting greater awareness in the community of their civil, legal and political rights.

Please click the above link for the Position Description and further information.

Applications and enquiries should be sent via SEEK or emailed to jobs@wathaurong.org.au

Applications should consist of a current resume and a cover letter including responses to the Key Selection Criteria, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date

Applications close on Monday the 6th of June 2022

 

Aboriginal Practitioner- The Orange Door

We currently have a full time ongoing opportunity to join our Family Services team in the role of Aboriginal Practitioner- The Orange Door. Auspiced by Wathaurong, the Aboriginal Practitioner will work in close partnership with the Hub Manager, Practice Leaders, the Aboriginal Practice Leader, and Team Leaders to lead high quality, culturally safe and effective responses to Aboriginal people seeking support and safety through the Hubs.

The Aboriginal Hub Practitioner will be responsible for providing support, advice and interventions for those at risk of or experiencing family violence.

The Practitioner will provide advice to the Hub workforce on culturally safe and inclusive specialist family violence services, child and family services and perpetrator interventions.

In addition, the Practitioner will work to build and maintain effective partnerships with Aboriginal services and communities within the Hub Network to support choice for Aboriginal people.

Please click the above link for the Position Description and further information.

Applications and enquiries should be sent via SEEK or emailed to jobs@wathaurong.org.au

Applications should consist of a current resume and a cover letter including responses to the Key Selection Criteria, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date

Applications close on Friday the 27th of May 2022

Are you curious about what it’s like working as part of a team helping people experiencing family violence and seeking support for the wellbeing of their children? Register for our upcoming #familyviolence career insights event and have your questions answered:

To register copy and paste the following link: https://lnkd.in/g6BfCNfk

Our panel of experts from The Orange Door will answer your questions about about career paths, roles and how they work in a collaborative way with partner organisations. Currently, there are job opportunities at The Orange Door, and this is your chance to hear about how meaningful, challenging and rewarding this work is.

 

Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker

We currently have an opportunity to join our health team as a Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker in a full time fixed term (12 months) capacity. The Alcohol and other Drug Worker undertakes a number of program development activities based on a harm minimisation approach, including health promotion, information provision, education activities, development and maintenance of community linkages, referrals, counselling interventions, the provision of advice to generalist services, liaising with relevant programs and fulfilling an advocacy role on behalf of the service user.

This position aims to provide culturally appropriate health care that contributes to improvement in substance abuse outcomes of Aboriginal community members, through the provision of:

  • Providing intensive case management and direct support to Aboriginal people and families with complex needs
  • Encouraging and raising awareness within the Aboriginal community on how to take positive action to deal with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • To encourage access to culturally appropriate alcohol and other drug support services.
  • To work with the Health Service team, other Wathaurong programs and external agencies to develop effective strategies for appropriate referral and case management of clients.

Please click the above link for the Position Description and further information.

Applications and enquiries should be sent via SEEK or emailed to jobs@wathaurong.org.au

Applications should consist of a current resume and a cover letter including responses to the Key Selection Criteria, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date

Applications close on Friday the 27th of May 2022

 

Aboriginal Youth Worker

The Role

We currently have a Full Time Fixed Term (till 30/06/2024) opportunity to join our Family Services Team in the role of Aboriginal Youth Worker. The purpose of the Aboriginal Youth worker role is to support Aboriginal youth who have come into contact with or in risk of contact with the justice system. This role develops strategies which contribute towards the reduction of young Aboriginal people coming into contact with the justice system.

Please click the above link for the Position Description and further information.

Applications and enquiries should be sent via SEEK or emailed to jobs@wathaurong.org.au

Applications should consist of a current resume and a cover letter including responses to the Key Selection Criteria, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date

Applications close on Friday the 27th of May 2022

Please note: Only Aboriginal and Torres Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons are eligible to apply for this role. This is a special measures role and only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples are eligible to apply, under the special measures provision, section 12(1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

 

Medical Receptionist 

The Role

We currently have a full time ongoing opportunity to join our Health Services Team in the role of Medical Receptionist. This position supports the Health Services Unit through the provision of professional front-of-house medical reception and administrative services. The position focuses on providing an efficient, accurate, culturally safe, and welcoming entry point for visiting community members at the Health Services Clinic, as well as supporting clinical and health services unit staff in the daily administration of service and program delivery.

Please click the above link for the Position Description and further information.

Applications and enquiries should be sent via SEEK or emailed to jobs@wathaurong.org.au

Applications should consist of a current resume and a cover letter including responses to the Key Selection Criteria, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date

Applications close on Friday the 13th of May 2022

 

Clinical Practice Nurse

We currently have a Part Time (3 days per week) opportunity to join our Health Services team in the role of Clinical Practice Nurse. To improve health outcomes for patients of Wathaurong Health Services and Aboriginal and/or Torres strait Islander community members, through provision of primary health care, health education, early detection and effective management of disease. The Practice Nurse will provide health education for individuals, families and groups that is culturally sensitive and appropriate. He/she will demonstrate and teach appropriate skills for health maintenance and prevention of accident and illness.

Please click the above link for the Position Description and further information.

Applications and enquiries should be sent via SEEK or emailed to jobs@wathaurong.org.au

Applications should consist of a current resume and a cover letter including responses to the Key Selection Criteria, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date

Applications close on Wednesday the 4th of May 2022

 

Disability Support Workers

We currently have multiple casual vacancies available for Disability Support Workers in our team at Wathaurong. This role focuses on providing culturally sensitive and appropriate personal care, domestic services, and support to NDIS/HACC clients within the local aboriginal community.

The role works on site at client homes within the guidelines of the Active Service Model (ASM). Work is immediately available, as well as ongoing casual pool opportunities.

This is a great opportunity to make a visible difference supporting the local Aboriginal community.

Your role may involve providing assistance with all aspects of daily living including meals, personal care, hoisting, assistance with everyday household tasks and meaningful engagement within their home and community environments.

Please click the above link for the Position Description and further information.

Applications and enquiries should be sent via SEEK or emailed to jobs@wathaurong.org.au

Applications should consist of a current resume and a cover letter including responses to the Key Selection Criteria, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date

Applications close on Thursday the 16th of June 2022

 

Case Worker- Family Services Kinship Out Of Home Care (Child Protection)

We currently have x 2 full time ongoing opportunities to join our Family Services team in the role of Caseworker Kinship and Out of Home Care. The purpose of this role is in providing case management to the children, young people and carers in accordance with the overall case planning direction for a child or young person. This role follows the best practice principles to provide and support better outcomes for clients through the coordination of cases across the Kinship and Foster Care programs within the Family Services department.

Through this role you will provide case management to children on a variation of orders, including Family Reunification Orders, Care By Secretary Orders and Long Term Orders.

For Aboriginal families, culture and the integrity of culture is crucial for the health and development of their children. Traditional Aboriginal culture is inherently inter-relational and inter-dependant and views the person as living and being in a relationship with the family, the community, the tribe, the land and spiritual beings, of the lores and dreaming. It’s important that interventions respect the strong lineal connection and that case workers see child and family needs holistic united care, not feeling in isolation. It is also important that you seek from the family their definition of who should be involved in particular assessments, interventions, and planning activities, rather than case workers making assumptions about, who is “family” or who forms “community” for this child and family.

Please click the above link for the Position Description and further information.

Applications and enquiries should be sent via SEEK or emailed to jobs@wathaurong.org.au

Applications should consist of a current resume and a cover letter including responses to the Key Selection Criteria, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date

Applications close on Friday the 10th of June 2022

 

Case Worker- Family Services

We currently have x 2 full time ongoing opportunities to join our Family Services team in the role of Case Worker Family Services . This role works across cases in the Kinship, Targeted Care Packages (TCP) and Aboriginal Stronger Families (ASF) programs which identify and support local indigenous youth and families at risk. The roles provide strong client focus and hands on collaboration with families to provide culturally appropriate prevention and support services.

Please click the above link for the Position Description and further information.

Applications and enquiries should be sent via SEEK or emailed to jobs@wathaurong.org.au

Applications should consist of a current resume and a cover letter including responses to the Key Selection Criteria, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date

Applications close on Friday the 10th of June 2022

 

Clinical Team Leader Health (Wellness & Recovery)

We currently have a full time fixed term (12 months) opportunity to join our Health Services team in the role of  Clinical Team Leader Health (Wellness & Recovery). This position works under general direction from the Practice Manager, Health Service, to lead team members delivering programs and services in the Wellness & Recovery division of the Health Unit. The position provides effective daily oversight of service delivery to achieve and exceed performance and delivery targets that reflect the health and cultural needs of the community, with a focus on quality system and continuous improvement based management and person-centred care delivery. This position will be responsible for holding a high risk caseload, overseeing the intake and triaging escalations where relevant.

Please click the above link for the Position Description and further information.

Applications and enquiries should be sent via SEEK or emailed to jobs@wathaurong.org.au

Applications should consist of a current resume and a cover letter including responses to the Key Selection Criteria, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date

Applications close on Friday the 10th of June 2022

 

Clinical Psychologist 

We currently have an opportunity to join our Health Services team as a Clinical Psychologist in a part time (3 days per week). This position contributes to positive community outcomes in social and emotional wellbeing by maintaining an active clinical caseload with the Wellness and Recovery Team. The position delivers evidence-based, best practice clinical standards, and culturally informed psychological interventions in line with strategic objectives,  and undertakes supervision of provisional psychologists and psychology placement students.

Please click the above link for the Position Description and further information.

Applications and enquiries should be sent via SEEK or emailed to jobs@wathaurong.org.au

Applications should consist of a current resume and a cover letter including responses to the Key Selection Criteria, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date

Applications close on Friday the 8th of April 2022

 

Casual Covid Vaccination Hub Workers

Wathaurong is currently recruiting casuals for a variety of roles to support our vaccination efforts over the coming months. Vaccines play a vital role to keep our mob healthy, safe, and strong. Wathaurong needs community members to support the vaccination work. We need to fill the following roles:
1. Ushers at the Ford Factory Vaccination Hub and potential testing site.
2. Front Entrance support at the health service.
3. Administration support for frontline staff, to make bookings and call around Community.
4. Transporting Community to and from the vaccination hub and clinic.

If you are available 2-3 days per week, have good communication skills and want to support Community to be safe and get vaxxed we need you.

The purpose of these roles is to provide culturally appropriate support to Community in accessing the vaccine. This is a special measures role and only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples are eligible to apply, under the special measures provision, section 12(1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

For full details regarding the position please CLICK HERE.

To apply, you must submit a cover letter with your details and how you can help to jobs@wathaurong.org.au

 

Current Vacancies - Volunteering

We are seeking expressions of interest from the community for the following volunteering opportunities:

Aboriginal Community Justice Program

The Aboriginal Community Justice Program was officially created in 1988 by the Victorian Government with funding through Victoria Police to provide support to Aboriginal people whilst in custody and for Justice related matters. The ACJP is a community based initiative which provides cultural support to our community and individuals needing support in Justice related matters. The ACJP is involved in preventative initiatives as well as providing direct support through a “Call Out” service to community members held in police custody.

The Call Out element of the ACJP is a community-led program of volunteers who work on a 24-7 call out roster when our community members are brought into police custody and ask for cultural support.

This is a rewarding opportunity to support our community who need us when they find themselves in the justice system. Volunteers are provided with training as well as the required resources to attend call outs when they are on call. This opportunity can fit flexibly around your availability. If you would like to know more or express your interest please contact our team on 03 5277 0044 or email admin@Wathaurong.org.au