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Youth Worker - Better Futures

Djerriwarrh Community & Education Services
  • Highly regarded not-for-profit organisation
  • Progressive, enthusiastic and dedicated staff
  • Attractive Salary Packaging available
  • Full time or part time position
  • Based in Melton / Sunshine

Djerriwarrh Community & Education Services (Djerriwarrh) is a highly regarded not-for-profit charitable organisation which has been delivering high quality education, training, employment and youth programs in the western suburbs of Melbourne since 1989. Djerriwarrh’s Mission Statement is ‘empowering individuals and the local community to learn, connect and grow’. Djerriwarrh has an inclusive, collaborative workplace culture.


Better Futures is a program designed to provide flexible and tailored support to young people as they transition from out-of-home care to independence. The aim of Better Futures is to engage earlier with care leavers, supporting them to have an active voice in their transition planning. A Better Futures Youth Worker provides secondary consultation to the care team, lending expertise to the transition planning process and providing individualised supports both in-care and post-care across a range of life areas including housing, health and wellbeing, education, employment, and community connections.


  • Provide services to young people as per the program guidelines and assist in the transition planning process towards independent living
  • Conduct an assessment of the young person, this can be to confirm eligibility, determine level of support needed, identify aspirations and goals, and identify risk factors
  • In conjunction with the young person, identify their goals using the Better Futures and Advantage Thinking framework, which is regularly reviewed
  • Provide tailored assistance to the young person, which may include mentoring, counselling, motivation, advocacy, career guidance and skills development
  • Provide health and wellbeing support by referring the young person to relevant support services, as required and appropriate. Ensure that targets and outcomes are achieved, and contractual compliance is met
  • Assess, monitor and report against program brokerage requests
  • Ensure services are customer driven and practices are culturally appropriate
  • Develop and maintain relationships with young people
  • Ensure problems impacting on the performance of the service are communicated to the Supervisor or Manager in an effective and timely manner
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders and relevant service providers to establish and facilitate community and cultural connections for young people
  • Ensure relevant information systems and confidential records are maintained
  • Participation in the planning and review of services
  • Other duties as required and are consistent with this award classification


  • Minimum Certificate IV in Community & Welfare studies
  • Diploma or Degree in Youth Work and or Social work is highly desirable
  • Minimum 2 years experience in working with young people that reside in Out of Home Care (Residential Care)
  • Understanding and knowledge in trauma and attachment theory
  • Understanding and or experience in a similar program i.e. Springboard
  • Working With Children Check
  • Current drivers licence
  • Ability to work autonomously and from home when required
  • Strong administrative skills

Position Description:

For a position description and information on how to apply please contact Stacey on (03) 8746 1000, email jobs@djerriwarrh.org using the subject line: Better Futures Youth Worker enquiry via EthicalJobs or click on the following link.

Applications must include a cover letter, an address to the Key Selection Criteria and a current resume. Applicants who do not address the Key Selection Criteria will not be contacted. Previous applicants need not reapply.

Graduates welcome to apply.

Djerriwarrh actively encourages applications from Aboriginal peoples, people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.

For information about Djerriwarrh please visit the website: www.djerriwarrh.org.au.

If, after reading the job description you have any questions, please call:

  • Djerriwarrh Community & Education Services reception on 8746 1000 and ask to speak to Sammy Boden, Pathways Manager.

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