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Georgina Martina Inc.

About Georgina Martina Inc.

Georgina Martina Inc. is a community-based organisation which operates a state-wide family violence support and accommodation service including two high security refuges – Georgina and Martina. The organisation is committed to a feminist strength-based approach to service delivery that views women as the experts in their own lives. Our practice at GMI is also child focused, trauma informed, and strength based/client focused.

Both Martina and Georgina refuges provide high security crisis accommodations, ensuring women and children experiencing family violence can feel safe. The organisation operates an outreach support service for women and children who have moved on from high security accommodation. We maintain several properties for longer-term support and work closely with mainstream housing services to ensure appropriate exit points from the service.
Georgina Martina Inc. is overseen by a community-based Board of Management involving professionals with relevant expertise and is accredited against: DHHS (Department of Health Human Services) and QIC (Quality Improvement Council) standards on a 3-year cycle by & QIP (Quality Improvement Performance)

Our Vision

To Enable and empower women and children in our care to create and access opportunities to lead a life free from violence.

Our Philosophy

  • Georgina Martina Inc. believes women and children should enjoy the fundamental human right to live free of threat or presence of violence regardless of race, age, class, sexual preference, religion or culture. We believe women have the strength and courage to survive and grow through their experiences.
  • Our feminist approach strives to preserve and strengthen women’s capacity for self-determination and mutual support and challenge the power imbalances inherent in patriarchy.
  • We recognise that children suffer the trauma of family violence equally, separately and differently from their mothers and that children are the least powerful in this regard.
  • Georgina Martina Inc. acknowledges and supports the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be recognised and compensated as the original inhabitants of this country.

Our Values

All staff and Board members value and adhere to the following set of core values:

  • Empowerment
  • Collaboration
  • Ethical
  • Feminist
  • Enabling

Role Purpose

GMI are in the process of an exciting transition from a communal model to newly developed Core and Cluster model (one of the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence), over the next 5 months.

The role of the weekend Support Worker involves a variety of tasks, including:

  • Provide crisis response and support service to women and children who have experienced and are escaping family violence
  • Welcoming women and families to the service
  • Undertaking risk assessment and safety planning
  • Provide emotional support and assist women to determine their options
  • Liaising with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that the environment is friendly, culturally inclusive and client focussed.
  • Leading play with children and initiating creative activities for women to engage with their children.
  • De-escalating behaviours and supporting women and children with their daily routines, as required

The position consists of weekend and evening shifts, with on-call back up support as needed. As such, the successful incumbents requires a great deal of autonomy, initiative, and problem-solving skills.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide crisis support and advocacy for women and children experiencing family violence.
  • Contribute to the development of a safe and nurturing environment for women and children.
  • Provide high quality support to women and children, including risk and needs assessments and safety planning
  • Support women and children to access information and resources, linked to their goals and case plans

Key Selection Criteria

Formal Qualifications and Prerequisite

  • Relevant tertiary level qualifications and experience working in the community sector
  • Current Australian Driving License
  • Current First Aid certificate, or willingness to obtain

Skills and Experience

  1. Demonstrated understanding of the gendered nature of family violence and its impact on women and children
  2. Understanding of the MARAM and other relevant family violence frameworks and legislation
  3. Demonstrated experience and knowledge of working with women and children who have experienced multiple disadvantages.
  4. Experience working with adults and children who present with complex needs and behaviours and de-escalating challenging behaviours

Equal Opportunity Exemption

Georgina Martina Inc. is exempt from the provisions of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Applications for this position will be considered from women only.

We strongly encourage women from Culturally diverse, LGBTIQ, Mature Age or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds to apply.

Please see the attached Position Description for more information about the role.

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