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Youth Justice and Community Support Coordinator

Banksia Gardens Community Services


Established in 1979, Banksia Gardens Community Services (BGCS) is a vibrant community services organisation and registered charity, operating in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. With a strong commitment to community development and action research principles, our innovative programs focus mainly on education and training, young people, early childhood, environmental sustainability, gender equity and community participation and advocacy.

BGCS is committed to advocacy and community development through innovative programs and ideas. We are passionate about supporting our community through opportunities that lead to further education and employment pathways, enhance well-being, transform lives and giving a voice to those who suffer injustice.


The BGCS Department of Community Development and Youth consists of approximately 25 highly capable staff who deliver a wide range of place-based community development and youth programs both at Banksia Gardens Community Services in Broadmeadows and at Kenley Court Neighbourhood House in Meadow Heights. Many of these programs are extremely well established and have received state-wide recognition as examples of “best practice”.

An exciting position is available in our Department of Community Development and Youth, leading a small team responsible for implementation of two of our organisation’s key initiatives, the Broadmeadows Community Youth Justice Alliance (BCYJA) and the Banksia Gardens Community Connections (BGCC) programs.

Broadmeadows Community Youth Justice Alliance Project (BCYJA) is a partnership project which works with local young people between the ages of 10 and 24 (predominantly 10-19) at risk of becoming involved with the justice system. It includes the following components:

  • YouthSpace 3047: A hyperlocal, universal, highly targeted pro-social intervention using the existing BGCS programs as a platform.
  • Strategic co-location of essential support services.
  • Various levels of individual support, including support for high recidivist young offenders.

Banksia Gardens Community Connections Project (BGCC) is a place-based community development project which aims to improve health and wellbeing and to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour on the Banksia Gardens Public Housing Estate in Broadmeadows. This estate constitutes a pocket of severe disadvantage within what is already one of Melbourne’s most disadvantaged suburbs.

The Individual Support Coordinator will lead a small team of case managers and community development officers responsible for the coordination, implementation and evaluation of the above-mentioned programs.


We are seeking a committed, qualified and experienced team leader, with tertiary qualification in social work, psychology, youth work or other relevant tertiary qualifications, and significant experience working with justice-involved young people.

  • You are an experienced, compassionate and capable leader with significant experience supervising and supporting program coordinators.
  • You are able to guide and inspire a highly performing team to continue delivering high-quality programs that meet the needs of the local community.
  • You are committed to reflective practice and rigorous evaluation and capable of facilitating participatory processes to develop the community development department's future vision.


  • Join a passionate and dedicated team making a positive difference in our community.
  • Encouraged work-life balance and a broad range of leave entitlements, including annual leave, personal leave, purchased leave, leading paid parental leave, study leave and paid family and domestic violence leave.
  • Access to a range of mental health and wellbeing supportive initiatives, including confidential counselling services and education programs, through our Employee Assistance Program.
  • Salary packaging and novated lease arrangements on offer with leading provider, AccessPay, reducing your tax.
  • Access to a range of ongoing learning and development opportunities that will benefit and support you in your role.

To learn more about our organisation and this job opportunity, please download the Position Description attached to this advertisement for more details. Alternatively, feel free to contact Jaime de Loma-Osorio Ricon – Deputy CEO at jaime.d@banksiagardens.org.au using the subject line: Youth Justice and Community Support Coordinator enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Applications must address the key selection criteria to be considered. See the attached position description.

BGCS is a child-safe organisation and is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children and young people with zero tolerance for child abuse. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a National Police Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencement of employment and periodically following commencement. BGCS requires all staff to vaccinated against COVID.

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