Berry Street Victoria's logo
More from this Employer
Berry Street Victoria's logo

Residential Care Worker - Ballarat Region

Berry Street Victoria
  • Job no: E3QK4
  • Category: Residential Care Services, Residential Care
  • Ballarat Region | Multiple Sites in Sebastopol, Black Hill, Ballarat East, Brown Hill, Mt Pleasant, Delacombe and Alfredton, in Wadawurrung Country
  • Casual rates begin at $36.40 p/hr (unqualified) or $40.68 p/hr (qualified) plus salary packaging tax savings
  • It takes someone very special to work in Berry Street's Residential Care Program

About Us

For over 140 years, Berry Street has adapted to a changing world, and we will continue to adapt to achieve our purpose. We believe children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful. Our Vision for 2022: Together we will courageously change lives and reimagine service systems. We look forward to working with children, young people, families, carers, staff and partners to achieve this vision. Together.

The Opportunity

Berry Street's Residential Care Program provides accommodation, a high standard of physical & emotional care and support to children and young people aged from 10 years old up to 17 years old in a Residential care setting. These children and young people have been placed under Child Protection orders and are referred to Berry Street because other Out of Home Care placement opportunities have not been viable.

The role is richly rewarding, but as is the case with such jobs, presents with its own challenges too. Working therapeutically with children and young people means supporting them to be their best selves, helping them learn, grow and develop with autonomy to make positive choices for their future.

As we work a 24/7 roster, there are a variety of day shifts available (generally between 7am to 11pm) and overnight shifts (11pm to 7pm). 

Key Responsibilities

  • Work within a dedicated team delivering high quality therapeutic care to children and young people
  • Participate in daily household duties, ensuring a clean and pleasant environment is maintained and that delicious and nutritious meals/food is available
  • Learn and implement current best practice in therapeutic interventions for children and young people with regards to trauma and attachment
  • Contribute and participate in various education, living, social and recreational skills activities as developed in the plans for children and young people to meet their individual needs
  • Clear communication and record keeping, including report writing must be completed in accordance with program guidelines
  • Follow all plans and program guidelines diligently to ensure compliance with child safety standards and practice.

About You

As a Residential Care Worker, every day will be different. You will be someone that enjoys and thrives in variety.

Additionally you will have:

  • A genuine desire to contribute to the wellbeing and development of the children and young people in our care
  • Resilience and awareness of self and others
  • Quick and logical thinking during a crisis or conflict
  • An ability to engage positively with children and young people and your team
  • A thirst to continuously learn, reflect from the day and consider how you could improve your own practice
  • Professionalism; the role will require you to work collaboratively with many external services that support the children and young people
  • Must hold a drivers licence (minimum green P’s) as the role will transport young people from time to time.

A minimum Cert IV in Children, Youth & Family Intervention is preferred however as an RTO, Berry Street delivers this qualification and will invest in you if you do not have a relevant qualification.

Completion of (or willingness to complete) mandatory up-skilling units as required by Department of Families, Fairness and Housing. Berry Street also provides this in-house.

Why Choose Us:

  • Salary packaging available for meals/accommodation for all our staff making your take home pay even better
  • Investment in you! As a Learning Organisation, there are so many opportunities for development that we offer you, including a comprehensive learning pathway in Child, Youth & Family Services
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), including access for staff members’ immediate family
  • The opportunity for career progression and growth.


  • Group Assessment is on Friday 3 September 10am - 2pm
  • Mount Helen location for the assessment centre.
  • Orientation mandatory for all successful candidates on Thursday 9 September 2021 9.30am - 4.30pm.

If you cannot meet the above dates, please do not apply as attendance in person is mandatory.

How To Apply

Click Apply Now and include a current Resume along with your application. You must respond to all the screening questions.

Talent queries to Fiona Herbu – Talent Acquisition Partner on 03 9429 9266.

Please Note; the successful applicant will be subject to comprehensive reference and background checking prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check and National Police Check.

Berry Street is committed to being a child safe, child friendly and child empowering organisation. In everything we do we seek to protect children. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; children with a disability; children who identify with a sexual and or gender minority identity. We aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality or religion.

Aboriginal people; people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse.

How to apply

This job ad has now expired, and applications are no longer being accepted.

Email me more jobs like this.