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Senior Worker - Cornelia Program

Launch Housing
  • Permanent, full-time, based in East St Kilda
  • $50.76 per hour + super + NFP salary packaging
  • Additional wellbeing leave
  • Join a program that supports pregnant women and new mothers

Special measure applies to this role. Sections 28, 60 and 88 of the EO Act provide for lawful 'Special Measure' provisions, therefore the following has been applied to this role.

Only candidates who identify themselves as female, woman or female presenting are eligible to apply.

This position is exempt under the special measures provision of the Equal Employment Act 2010 (Vic).

Together, Launch Housing, The Royal Women’s Hospital and Housing First have collaborated to develop a housing and support program known as The Cornelia Program. The program offers a pathway out of homelessness for pregnant women and new mothers. The program assists mothers to enhance health and wellbeing outcomes for themselves and their babies, access support services, gain independence and break the cycle of homelessness.


Together, alongside the partners, this position is responsible for bridging the divide between homelessness and health services by providing women with enhanced case management support, advocacy, opportunities, information and referral pathways for a period of 12 months.

The Senior Worker assists with the immediate and ongoing support needs of clients engaging in the Cornelia Program through the provision of a range of intervention options ensuring that the client’s needs are translated into an individual case plan with a focus on long-term housing outcomes, that encourages the client’s independence, empowerment, autonomy, and dignity through a trauma informed, recovery oriented, feminist approach. This support is mainly provided at the Cornelia Program in St. Kilda, however, involves a level of outreach support and at least one administrative day per week working from the offices located at East St. Kilda. The Senior worker ensures effective service delivery is provided to all clients accessing the service in accordance with the housing first and trauma informed approaches reflected within the Launch Housing Practice Framework standards.

For more information, please refer to the position description attached below.

What we're looking for (key selection criteria):

  • Demonstrated experience in the delivery of services to clients with complex needs relating to homelessness.
  • Demonstrated understanding of trauma informed approach, and knowledge of harm reduction and recovery-oriented practices.
  • Demonstrated understanding of housing and homelessness policy, context and systems.
  • Ability to work effectively with people experiencing complex life stress with past / present trauma experiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others towards effective client solutions.
  • Well-developed organisational and time management skills and good interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Have a relevant tertiary qualification (desirable).
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of Launch Housing and our mission to end homelessness.


Our permanent and fixed term employee benefits include:

  • Contributing to useful and rewarding work and giving something back to the community.
  • Wellbeing days, ceremonial leave, carers leave and study leave.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Purchased leave.
  • 17.5% leave loading.
  • Gender neutral paid parental leave (after 12 months of service).
  • Training and career growth opportunities across Launch Housing.
  • A portion of your income can be tax-free by salary packaging your personal expenses.
  • Additional tax-free salary packaging on dining and accommodation expenses.
  • Positive, supportive and progressive work environment.


Our mission is to end homelessness. We aim to get people housed, keep them housed, and be an influential voice on ending homelessness. We are a secular, independent provider of choice for clients and we're striving to be the go-to organisation on homelessness for government, media, philanthropy, private donors and the community.

Our people are the backbone of our organisation and supporting their wellbeing and professional development is critical to our ability to help our clients and the community. We value lived experience and diversity in our staff, and actively work to ensure everyone is able to make their career with Launch Housing fulfilling.

Launch Housing is working to become more trauma informed and as a leading employer in the homelessness sector, it is important to let you know that you may hear stories of distress, hardship, trauma, or violence when working with us. We encourage you to reflect on how this may impact you when considering applying for the role. Sustaining the Health & Well-being of our staff is our priority. We provide high-quality training & supervision, Wellbeing Days, and access to Employee Assistance Program.


To apply for this opportunity, please click 'Apply Now'. Please submit a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and your CV.

If you need additional information about this role, please contact Vanessa Hulands on [email protected] using the subject line Senior Worker - Cornelia Program Enquiry via EthicalJobs

Please note shortlisting will occur on a rolling basis, so please don't delay in submitting your application.

Launch Housing offers a wide range of career opportunities and employs a diverse range of talent. We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons to apply! We acknowledge, respect and celebrate Aboriginal cultures, languages, connections to Country and heritage, customs and practices. We're committed to support Aboriginal peoples to obtain genuine and fulfilling career with us!

Launch Housing is a dog-friendly organisation, which allows dog owners to bring them in some of our sites, please contact the relevant Hiring Manager if you have any questions or concerns prior to your interview.

If you require reasonable adjustments at any stage of the recruitment process, please let us know at [email protected] using the subject line: Senior Worker - Cornelia Program enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Launch Housing is committed to being a child safe organisation and has zero tolerance to child abuse. Our hiring process involves rigorous screening of applicants. All of our people including students, contractors and volunteers must hold a valid Working with Children Check and satisfactory criminal history record check.

Launch Housing is an Equal Opportunity employer and supports accessible working arrangements for all. This includes people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse people, young people, older people, women, and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse, intersex or queer. We acknowledge Lived Experience as a unique expertise and encourage people with a Lived Experience of Homelessness to apply. All applicants must have the right to work in Australia.

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