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Aboriginal Practice Lead


Pursuant to Section 56(2) of the Equal Opportunity Act, 1984 only people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Descent may apply for this role.

OzChild is committed to the effective delivery of Evidence Based Services to Aboriginal Children, Young People and their Families/Kin/Carers.

Our TFCO story so far…

OzChild began delivering TFCO in Australia in 2017. Starting in Victoria with one team we are now delivering the program in NSW and QLD with five teams on the ground across the three states. The program supports children and young people aged 7-17, who are at risk of, or currently living in residential care facilities.

Due to the successful outcomes being achieved we have now expanded delivery of the program into South Australia to support young people aged 12-17 years (TFCO-A).

The Job

The Aboriginal Practice Lead will contribute to the provision of culturally sensitive services and a culturally safe working environment through consultation and engagement with OzChild staff, Aboriginal Peoples, and relevant Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.

The Aboriginal Practice Lead is a role specifically created within OzChild that will work to ensure that participating Aboriginal families can benefit from the services we provide, and employees are culturally informed.

For more information see https://www.ozchild.org.au/service/treatment-foster-care-oregon-tfco/

Who we are looking for and what you will do day to day:

  • A person to provide ongoing cultural guidance and support to (other) OzChild colleagues regarding the cultural context for Aboriginal families, and its implications for the most effective engagement, assessment and intervention practices to provide optimal outcomes.
  • Develop, support and implement Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural support plans for children and young people in out-of-home care, in partnership with the child, young person, their families, community, ACCO's and Dept. Child Protection (DCP)
  • Someone to develop and support culturally responsive practice across the SA teams, strategic engagement with community
  • Extensive knowledge of issues impacting on Aboriginal people and communities, in contemporary society and an ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal people
  • Demonstrated ability to work with individuals, families and communities from a strength-based, culturally appropriate perspective.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to build relationships and rapport with Aboriginal families and young people

OzChild offers

  • Permanent contract, part time hours
  • 3 day per week role
  • Unique training and professional development journey
  • A dedicated Bridging Cultures Unit Dhiiyaan Mirri
  • Salary is on the SCHCADS award at level 6
  • Salary packaging up to $15,900
  • A unique culture promoting diversity, cultural competence and shared values
  • A collaborative and cohesive working culture


You can apply for the role today by clicking APPLY NOW.

Please submit a resume with a cover letter. We would like you to address your experience against the Position Specific Responsibilities, Key Accountabilities, in your cover letter. There are 6 points to consider it doesn't have to be more than 1 page.

For more information, a confidential discussion about the role or simply to ask a question, contact Julie Nicholas, HR Advisor Recruitment on 03 9695 2243 or email jmnicholas@ozchild.org.au, using the subject line: Aboriginal Practice Lead enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Successful candidates will be required to complete all necessary safety screening including National / International Police Check and Working with Children Checks relevant to South Australia.

Please do visit our website to understand more about who we are and why we do what we do https://www.ozchild.org.au/

OzChild is committed to the employment of Aboriginal people and providing a work environment in which Aboriginal peoples' cultures, beliefs and values are acknowledged and respected, and in which the individual career goals and personal aims of Aboriginal staff are identified, promoted and achieved.

OzChild is a child-safe organisation committed to protecting children and young people from all forms of abuse, bullying, exploitation and neglect, and to creating environments in all our programs and services where children are safe and feel safe

OzChild is an equal opportunity employer and encourages individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply. This includes, but is not limited to, those from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and LGBTIQ communities

All shortlisted candidates will be required to provide evidence of their COVID vaccination status.

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