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Therapeutic Residential Lead

Life Without Barriers (National)
  • 6 Weeks Annual Leave
  • Retention bonuses and salary packaging available
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team
  • Based in Darwin
  • Full time

About us

What we stand for at Life Without Barriers:

We have always been, and continue to be, a community of people unshaken by the toughest of circumstances and invigorated by working together to break down barriers.

Our purpose is clear – we strive to contribute to a world where each person can live a life free of barriers that prevent them from realising their rights and opportunities.

Our Reconciliation Action Plans and ground-breaking commitment to support a future where Aboriginal young people are cared for by their own communities, in partnership with SNAICC

We offer competitive benefits such as formal training and development, partnerships with higher education providers and support to attain qualifications, six weeks’ leave, salary packaging, retention bonuses and an inclusive workforce where every employee can be themselves.

Please note: To be considered for a position at Life Without Barriers, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or hold a valid medical exemption certificate.  You will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status during the recruitment process.

About the role

You will be leading a Care Team to support young people in residential Out of Home Care. You will lead the implementation of the CARE framework (https://www.lwb.org.au/our-approach/child-youth-and-family/) to ensure a therapeutic home environment, where children and young people are actively engaged in activities and routines which support them to develop life skills including emotional regulation, problem solving and social competencies.

Working within CARE you will strive to enhance the lives of young people in our Residential Out of Home Care Program incorporating a therapeutic, trauma informed approach.

About you

You will seek to partner with families and other key stakeholders to ensure a strong support network for our young people. You will be passionate about involving family, and supporting young people’s connection to culture, your sense of adventure will take you to remote communities around the Northern Territory. You will be a compassionate, strengths-based leader who creates a supportive and inclusive environment for your team.

You are a passionate advocate for the young people you support and believe in giving all children and young people a voice.


  • Lead a team of Therapeutic Residential Carers to ensure a consistent approach to the day to day care of children placed in ITRC placements with LWB
  • Build a positive team environment by demonstration of best practice support of children and young people, proactive interpersonal skills and peer support
  • Monitor the changing needs of children and young people and provide information and contribute to the adaptation of LWB services as required to meet these needs
  • Implement and model the skills and attributes of the CARE model and TCI skills in supporting children and young people to regulate their emotions and develop skills
  • Comply with all Life Without Barriers policy, code of conduct, procedures and practices, external funding body requirements


  • Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention or similar
  • Experience working with children and young people who have experienced trauma and disadvantage
  • Experience working in a 24/7 residential care setting
  • An empathetic understanding of complex trauma and its effects on children and young people in Out of Home Care.
  • Demonstrated experience in team leadership and management
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • A current drivers licence


The position requires the incumbent to work on a rostered basis that will include some weekend and overnight shifts when required.


Situated on the very edge of the Northern Territory this coastal community is home to possibly the friendliest and most culturally diverse people in Australia. A two-and-a-half-hour flight to Asia and on the doorstep of Kakadu, home to the one the World’s oldest living cultures, Darwin is a multicultural and vibrant city. To find out more information on the please follow the link:  https://boundlesspossible.nt.gov.au/

Rental Assistance

Work with us and you may be eligible for private rental assistance. Rent Choice uniquely enables LWB workers to source their own private rental accommodation and receive a rental subsidy of a max. $12,000 for up to twelve months, depending upon their household size and the rental location. To find out more information please follow the link: https://venturehousing.org.au/rent-choice

Please noteTo be considered for and appointed to a position at Life Without Barriers, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or hold a valid medical exemption certificate. You will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status during the recruitment process.

How to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications are continuously reviewed prior to the closing date; and as such the closing date is subject to change without notice.

Include your resume and covering letter in one document, click ‘Apply’ and follow the prompts. For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact tracy.dallas@lwb.org.au using the subject line: Therapeutic Residential Lead enquiry via EthicalJobs.

We are dedicated to playing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and bring continuity of care and support to our clients. With this in mind, if you are successful, we can offer an alternative to a face to face interview.  
Life Without Barriers supports the Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. We believe people with disability need to be heard and for these experiences to influence how support services like ours are delivered. View our statement here https://bit.ly/2GzZGWA 

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