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:

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.

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 28 October 2022

 

Disability Support Worker

We currently have a casual vacancy available for a Disability Support Worker in our Balert Care Team. 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. Please note weekend work is required.

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.

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 7 October 2022

 

Support Coordinator

We currently have a Full-Time ongoing opportunity to join a leading Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation in the role of Support Coordinator with our Balert Care Team.

The Support Coordinator is responsible for supporting a case load of Aboriginal NDIS and MyAgedCare participants to implement all supports identified in their plan in a culturally appropriate manner. The role is focused on strengthening a participant’s ability to access and co-ordinate supports to enable each person to participate more fully in Community.

The Support Coordinator plays an integral role in the development and achievement of a participant’s goals to maximise opportunity, independence, and quality of life. This is facilitated through coordinating supports with an emphasis on client goals and making the best use of their funded hours including working collaboratively with other service providers. The role also ensures services are delivered in accordance with the NDIS Practice Standards, National Standards for Disability Services, and Aged Care Standards as well as the Wellness and Reablement model.

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 7 October 2022

 

Bringing Them Home Worker

We currently have a Part Time (0.4 FTE) Fixed Term (12 Month) opportunity to join our Health Services Team in the role of Brining Them Home Worker.

The Bringing them Home worker facilitates healing, improvements in wellbeing, stronger connections to community and strengthening of Aboriginal identity in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families who have been affected by past policies and practices of forced removal.
The goals are to prioritise, assist and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people residing within the Wathaurong Service Region, who are members of the Stolen Generations to trace their family origin, connect with their Aboriginal culture and identity and link in with relevant support services, for instance mental health and research services.

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 7 October 2022

 

Aboriginal Health Practitioner

We currently have x 2 Full-time Fixed-term (12 months) opportunities to join our Health Services Team in the role of Aboriginal Health Practitioners. The Aboriginal Health Practitioner role helps The Indigenous Australians' Health Programme ('The Program') by contributing to closing the gap in life expectancy within a generation and to halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five within a decade. The Program aims to improve the health of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a variety of comprehensive activities focused on local health needs as well as targeted activities addressing geographic and specific disease processes.

The Aboriginal Health Practitioner will:

  1. Provide culturally appropriate support to Aboriginal Community Members and their Families through clinical provision for improved health outcomes.
  2. Provide direct assistance and support Aboriginal Community Members and their families to access primary health care services.
  3. Provide health education and health promotion activities to Aboriginal Community Members of the community

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 7 October 2022

 

Midwife

We currently have a part time (0.8/ 4 days per week) opportunity to join our Health Services team in the role of Midwife for 12 months fixed term. The position will commence from 14 November 2022. As a key member of the clinical team, the Midwife is responsible for working collaboratively alongside our multidisciplinary health care team and relevant mainstream services to provide high quality, person -centred, flexible and culturally safe pregnancy care and midwifery services. The position holder undertakes a range of clinical duties which may include detection, prevention, and management of pregnancy related complications and a range of antenatal and postnatal care that is responsive and meets the needs of individuals, their families and the community.

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 28 October 2022

 

Lawns and Gardens Team Member

We currently have a casual opportunity to join our Corporate Services Team in the role of Lawns and Gardens Team Member. The position provides high quality and culturally appropriate home and property maintenance to clients, programs, members and occasionally for paying customers. The role undertakes gardening activities such as mowing, whipper snipping, weeding, and picking up leaves/rubbish.

“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).”

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 Tuesday 6 September 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.

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 7 October 2022

 

Team Leader Health Administration

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 30 September 2022

 

Caseworker Family Services

We currently have x 2 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 Friday 26 August 2022

 

Kinship Caseworker Out Of Home Care

We currently have x 4 Fixed Term (12 months) 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 Friday 26 August 2022

 

Therapeutic Practitioner

We currently have a Full Time Fixed Term (12 months) opportunity to join our Family Services Team in the role of (Therapeutic Practitioner.

  • Therapeutic leadership to the Family Services case workers
  • Training and support to Program Staff, community members in the program
  • Facilitation of culturally appropriate healing programs within the family services area

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 Monday 15 August 2022

 

Aboriginal Hub Practitioner- Orange Door

We currently have x 2 full time ongoing opportunities to join our Family Services team in the role of Aboriginal Hub 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.

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 30 September 2022