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Senior Local Area Coordinator

Brotherhood of St Laurence

Summary of program and its objectives:

The NDIS Services division comprises of Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services. The Brotherhood of St Laurence is a partner in the community delivering LAC and ECEI services in five areas across metropolitan Melbourne.

Early Childhood Early Intervention

The ECEI approach supports children aged 0-6 years who have a developmental delay or disability, and their families/carers. The ECEI approach supports families to help children develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life.

Local Area Coordination

Local Area Coordination is a pivotal function in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). LAC provides planning and coordination to support people with disability exercising choice and control over the services they use. LAC promotes community inclusion and supports the development of mainstream services that are accessible to people with disability. The role of LAC is to assist people with disability to advocate, plan, organise and access the support and services needed to live an ordinary life. This includes assessing each person’s eligibility for the NDIS and, where eligible, helping to establish a NDIS plan with reasonable and necessary supports. Local Area Coordinators build community capacity and assist people with disability to access mainstream services regardless of NDIS eligibility

Main responsibilities of the role:  

Senior Local Area Coordinators are team leaders responsible for overseeing a team of Local Area Coordinators. Senior LACs serve as subject matter and practice experts in one or more areas of disability. In addition to supervising a team, Senior LACs are expert advisors who mentor LACs across the department on best practice and developments in their area of expertise to ensure that the Brotherhood delivers a high quality service.

Senior LACs maintain a caseload, working with people with disability to advocate, plan, organise and access the support and services needed to live an ordinary life. This includes assessing each person’s eligibility for NDIS and (where eligible) helping to establish NDIS plans with reasonable and necessary supports. Senior Local Area Coordinators also build community capacity and assist people with disability to access mainstream services regardless of NDIS eligibility.

Specialist areas of practice and knowledge include:

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander participation
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Cultural and Linguistically Diverse participation
  • Intellectual disability
  • Neurological Impairment
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Psychosocial disability
  • Assistive technology
  • Children with disability (aged 7-11 or 12-16)
  • Child protection
  • Young people with disability aged 17-21

To meet the selection criteria, candidates will require:

Essential

  • Relevant qualifications in allied health, disability services, education, human services, community development, social work or other qualification in line with the responsibilities of the position
  • Professional experience in role related to disability service provision OR  Demonstrated experience in community development
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to helping people attain their goals
  • Experience with highly accountable processes that are subject to external review
  • Proven interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills with the ability to build effective relationships and liaise across all levels both internally, externally and with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team
  • Well-developed organisational and time management skills with the ability to prioritise and manage workload effectively
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and resolve problems and make appropriate recommendations
  • Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood and the scheme.

Desirable

  • Experience in customer facing environments that support or provide services to the community

This is a full time position working 38 hours per week. We have positions available in South Morang Office, Thomastown Office, Preston Office.

Salary will be in the range of $88,901.03- $92,869.83, based on skills and experience plus superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay.

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As part of the Brotherhood’s recruitment and selection process, applicants will be required to undergo pre-employment checks as required, applicants will be subject to, but not limited to, the following checks: National (and International if applicable) Police Check, Victorian Employee Working with Children Check, Right to Work in Australia, Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme Check and current professional registration.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a vision of an Australia free of Poverty. We embrace, and value, diversity of culture, working arrangements, sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure our workforce is representative of the community that we work within. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include and welcome unique contributions of all people. We embrace and celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their skills and contribution to our organisation.   

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