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
  • 10.5% 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:

Aboriginal Mental Health and AOD Worker

The GGQ Mental Health and Wellbeing Local is underpinned by positivity, hope and inclusion. No matter whether a consumer, carer or provider enters or seeks assistance via digital platforms, contact centre, or physical locations, the first engagement will always start with a simple question: “Welcome, how can we help?”. Drawing on established services, networks, and pathways, the GGQ Mental Health and Wellbeing Local provides seamless integration between local, area and wellbeing services for the benefit of consumers, carers, and providers. This is supported through standardised assessment tools, treatment and support processes, care plans and care coordination, colocation of services and regional navigational pathways.

The Aboriginal Mental Health and AOD Worker aim to enhance the effectiveness of Aboriginal community members management and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. By providing culturally appropriate care that contributes to improvement in Mental Health and substance abuse outcomes of Aboriginal community members, through the provision of:

  • Assessing of aboriginal peoples needs relating to IAR levels of care required.
  • Providing ongoing assessment, and direct support to Aboriginal people with complex needs.
  • Encouraging and raising awareness within the Aboriginal community on how to take positive action to deal with Mental Health and alcohol and other drugs issues.
  • To work with the Health Service team, other Wathaurong programs and external agencies to develop effective strategies for appropriate referral of clients.

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

Enquiries regarding the position should be directed to hr@wathaurong.org.au or submitted directly via SEEK

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 should consist of a current resume and a cover letter, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date of Thursday 24 February 2023 

 

Business Support Officer (Family Services)

This position provides high-level confidential administrative support to Executive Managers to manage complex emails, calendar requirements, and coordinate workflow. You will undertake a range of discreet, and confidential tasks, projects and coordinate processes. While also acting as a key point of contact with internal and external stakeholders. You will review and prepare briefings, correspondence, minutes, agendas and working papers to ensure that actions are followed up and completed.

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

Enquiries regarding the position should be directed to hr@wathaurong.org.au or submitted directly via SEEK

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 should consist of a current resume and a cover letter, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date of Friday 24 February 2023  

 

Disability Support Workers

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a real difference in your community. We have multiple opportunities available to join our team.

Wathaurong is seeking motivated, caring, and committed people to provide support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community members in their own homes.

If you wish to pursue your career in the disability/aged care industry start in a support worker position. We accept all applications - varying ages, experience or inexperience and knowledge, however we are particularly keen to hear from Aboriginal people looking to kick start a career in supporting mob.

If successful you will receive support to achieve the skills required to deliver individualised support, a great opportunity to improve and enhance your skills or transition from a different industry. We are also offering employee support to secure other qualifications including Occupational Therapists; Speech Therapists; Psychologists and Social Workers.

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

Enquiries regarding the position should be directed to hr@wathaurong.org.au or submitted directly via SEEK

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 should consist of a current resume and a cover letter, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date of Friday 10 February 2023

 

Best Start Facilitator

Aboriginal Best Start partnerships have been established to make sure that local Aboriginal communities and organisations are given every possible opportunity to influence outcomes for their children and families. It is widely acknowledged that past practices have not had a positive effect on Aboriginal people. Current health and welfare policies acknowledge the impact of past policies and seek to work collaboratively for a better future. The Aboriginal Best Start partnerships have been established to make sure that local Aboriginal communities and organisations are given every possible opportunity to influence outcomes for their children and families. The Best Start Facilitator will empower communities and families and develop broad cross-sectoral partnerships across all early years services to improve outcomes for Aboriginal children and their families. Best Start is an early years initiative to support families and caregivers to provide the best possible environment, experiences and care for children from birth to school transition. This localised, targeted way of finding solutions to problems faced by families has been shown to be extremely effective.

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

Enquiries regarding the position should be directed to hr@wathaurong.org.au or submitted directly via SEEK

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 should consist of a current resume and a cover letter, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date of Friday 10 February 2023

 

General Practitioner 

The General Practitioner is responsible for providing culturally safe and appropriate general medical and health services to the Aboriginal community, in accordance with current best practice in clinical care and qualifications.

To improve health outcomes for the Aboriginal community through skilled medical assessment, diagnosis, prescribing, and treatment plans.

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

Enquiries regarding the position should be directed to hr@wathaurong.org.au or submitted directly via SEEK

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 should consist of a current resume and a cover letter, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date of Friday 10 February 2023

 

Clinical Practice Nurse (RN)

The role of the Clinical Practice Nurse is 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.

Enquiries regarding the position should be directed to hr@wathaurong.org.au  or submitted directly via SEEK

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 should consist of a current resume and a cover letter, submitted in Word or PDF format before the closing date of Wednesday 30 November 2022

 

Senior Aboriginal Mental Health and AOD Worker

The GGQ Mental Health and Wellbeing Local is underpinned by positivity, hope and inclusion. No matter whether a consumer, carer or provider enters or seeks assistance via digital platforms, contact centre, or physical locations, the first engagement will always start with a simple question: “Welcome, how can we help?”. Drawing on established services, networks, and pathways, the GGQ Mental Health and Wellbeing Local provides seamless integration between local, area and wellbeing services for the benefit of consumers, carers, and providers. This is supported through standardised assessment tools, treatment and support processes, care plans and care coordination, colocation of services and regional navigational pathways.

The Senior Aboriginal Mental Health and AOD worker role aims to enhance the effectiveness of the Aboriginal community members management and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. By providing culturally appropriate care that contributes to improvement in Mental Health and substance abuse outcomes of Aboriginal community members, through the provision of:

  • Assessing of Aboriginal peoples needs relating to IAR levels of care required
  • Providing case management, ongoing assessment, and direct support to Aboriginal people with complex needs.
  • Encouraging and raising awareness within the Aboriginal community on how to take positive action to deal with Mental Health and alcohol and other drugs issues
  • 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.

Enquiries regarding the position should be directed to hr@wathaurong.org.au  or submitted directly via SEEK

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 10 February 2023

 

Family Violence Support Workers

We currently have x 2 Full-time Ongoing positions as Family Violence Support Workers with our Family Services Team. These positions involve providing intensive case work and direct support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families who are victim survivors of family violence. This position works in conjunction with families and other case workers to achieve positive outcomes and minimise risk.

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

Enquiries regarding the position should be directed to hr@wathaurong.org.au or submitted directly via SEEK

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 6 February 2023.

 

We currently have a Full-Time Fixed Term (12 months) opportunity to join our Health Services Team in the role of Team Leader Health Administration. This position works under general direction from the Senior Manager of Health and Wellbeing, to lead team members delivering programs and services in 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.

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

Enquiries regarding the position should be directed to hr@wathaurong.org.au or submitted directly via SEEK

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 9 December 2022

 

Caseworker Family Services

We currently have x 4 Full Time Fixed Term (12 months) opportunities to join our Family Services team in the role of Case Worker Family Services. This role works to:
1. To provide intensive Case Work and direct support to Aboriginal families with complex needs that are in contact with or in risk of contact with Child Protection Services
2. To provide culturally appropriate parenting support, mentoring, advocacy and guidance to Aboriginal families with complex needs
3. To strengthen parental capacity with the ultimate goal of keeping children in the care of their parents or reunification if the children are in care

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

Enquiries regarding the position should be directed to hr@wathaurong.org.au or submitted directly via SEEK.

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 22 December 2022

Please note short listing and interviews will not take place till January 2023 due to a Christmas Closure Period.

 

Kinship Caseworker Out Of Home Care

We currently have x 3 Full-time Ongoing opportunity to join our Family Services Team in the role of Caseworker Kinship Out Of Home Care. Wathaurong provides contracted case management for children in Out of Home Care (both Kinship and Home-Based Care arrangements).

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.

Enquiries regarding the position should be directed to hr@wathaurong.org.au or submitted directly via SEEK

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 22 December 2022

Please note short listing and interviews will not take place till January 2023 due to a Christmas Closure Period.