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Forensic Residential Support Worker - Bendigo

Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO)

Is this you?

  • Passionate about providing support to justice clients with a disability?
  • Want to work in the local community and make a difference?
  • Desire to learn and be guided by an experienced and passionate leader?

At ACSO, we look for people who believe in second chances, who share our values and are passionate about supporting forensic clients to re integrate back into the community. If this sounds like you, read on!

Please note, casual employees are rostered between two Residential houses located in Bendigo. Due to the client group, we are only seeking male staff for this position. ACSO considers that the requirement of being male falls under an exception under the Equal Opportunity Act

What ACSO can offer you

  • Casual positions available - Bendigo location!
  • $43.71 per hour (inclusive of 25% casual loading) + penalty rates as applicable
  • Shifts available across a 24/7 roster - work flexibly!
  • ACSO is dedicated to supporting our employees to learn, develop and grow whilst part of the ACSO family! Whether it is workplace health and safety, clinical practice, family violence capability building, diversity and inclusion, leadership or all of the above, ACSO will ensure you have the opportunity to be your best self in our workplace from the moment you join us.
  • Wellbeing initiatives such as free flu vaccines, wellbeing and professional development vouchers, Employee Assistance Program and Reward and Recognition Program. Our employees matter!
  • Dedicated inclusion and diversity initiatives to support employees from all backgrounds and dispositions, including specialised leave for cultural ceremonies and gender affirmation.
  • Supportive, positive and innovative culture

About Us

The Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) is a vibrant, values driven NFP, focused on partnering with Government and the community to co-design services that create real social change. We are an organisation with a bold vision to create a safe and inclusive community where prison truly is the last resort. Our purpose is to strengthen the wellbeing of our communities by advocating for and delivering services which divert people away from the justice system.

About the role

Our forensic residential programs aim to deliver lifestyle and skills support for clients and support clinical intervention and treatment programs. The support provided involves helping adults who have a disability and an offending background to develop life skills, implementing treatment strategies and facilitating meaningful engagement in activities and opportunities to improve quality of life, reduce the risk of reoffending, and increase opportunities for community reintegration.

The Forensic Residential Worker is a varied role that will require you to adapt to the individual requirements of each clients' needs. In this role you will also be required to maintain case notes and associated administration, establish relationships and build community service networks to support role delivery. The forensic residential facilities require continuous shift work 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, on rostered shifts. These shifts can involve a combination of morning, afternoon and night shifts, including weekends and public holidays. Due to the nature of shift work, the ability to convey important information to co-workers at the end of each shift, and to work as part of a team is critical.

What we're looking for?

  • Preferably a diploma qualification in a relevant discipline, and/or at least 1 years' equivalent experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with assertiveness and confidence working with people who demonstrate challenging behaviours
  • Preferably/Desirable experience in residential care settings or does it have to be - Experience in residential care settings
  • Experience in residential care settings
  • Ability to build positive relationships and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities
  • Demonstrated capacity to work flexibly, possess the ability to manage competing demands, and able to effectively set boundaries and limits where required
  • An extensive background working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people will be highly regarded.

How to Apply

If you think you'd be a great fit - we'd love to hear from you!

To apply and view the position description (PD), please visit our careers website (REQN-591) by clicking the "Apply Now" button and provide a copy of your resume, a brief covering letter and a document outlining responses to the key selection criteria found in the PD.

To learn more about this position, please contact Lisa Beggs, Team Leader on 0429 442 833.

Please note ACSO is committed to maintaining a working environment that is safe and minimises risk to the health and wellbeing of all employees, clients, contractors, volunteers and representatives. ACSO's new employees will be required to be fully vaccinated (including third dose) against COVID-19. All ACSO preferred candidates are required to provide proof of their vaccination status, prior to offers of employment being made.

As ACSO is an NDIS provider, the successful candidate must hold an NDIS Worker Screening Check Clearance before they commence employment in this position.

Applications close on the advertised date and will regularly reviewed so apply early!

ACSO proudly acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australia's first peoples and pay respect to their rich culture, lores, customs and elders past and present. We strongly embrace the spirit of reconciliation and continue working towards ensuring an equal voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, particularly those who have been touched by the justice system.

The Australian Community Support Organisation embraces diversity within its workforce and encourages applications from appropriately qualified and skilled people regardless of their background. All suitable applicants for this role will be considered regardless of age, ability, race, gender expression, sex, cultural background, spiritual beliefs or lived experience.

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