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Residential Care Worker - Geelong

MacKillop Family Services

About the role

In this rewarding role, as a Residential Care Worker you will work collaboratively to provide a high standard of physical and emotional care to young people living within our homes. By utilising your passion and commitment, you will interact therapeutically and positively with the young people, spending quality time with them, cooking meals, undertaking household duties and participating in daily general duties. In this position, you will also provide information to other professionals regarding the young people, as well as completing reports, updating records and other compliance requirements.

We are currently seeking individuals to join our motivated Residential Out of Home Care team in a Permanent or Casual capacity in our Geelong region.

Reporting to the Coordinator / House Supervisor (as appropriate), you will be responsible for the wellbeing and health, emotional and physical day-to-day care for the Children and Young People in residential care.

Our care homes operate on a 24/7 basis. As a result, successful applicants must be willing to work in the evenings, overnight, weekends, and public holidays.

MacKillop is a values-driven organisation. Our employees are well supported, delivering trauma-informed practice backed by a commitment to the Sanctuary Model.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and out of home care); or have a recognised qualification, plus completion of a short ‘top-up’ skills course, ensuring a baseline of core skills and knowledge for all residential care workers state-wide.
  • A commitment towards the principles and practice of quality care in residential settings for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, and to promote autonomy and self-determination for clients.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and respect for, cultural and linguistic diversity (CALD), including cultural safety for children from CALD backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication skills, including abilities in engaging well with young people and working collaboratively with other staff and professionals.
  • Prior youth work or residential care work experience (preferred, but not essential).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

You must:

  • Be available to work on a flexible basis, including evenings, overnights, weekends and public holidays.
  • Hold a current and valid employee-type, Working with Children’s Check (WWCC).
  • Hold a current and valid Victorian Driver’s License.
  • Attend a total of 2 weeks of mandatory induction training.

Complete or satisfy the minimum mandatory qualification of a Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and Out of Home Care). If you hold a similar or relevant qualification, you may still be required to complete top up units to meet this requirement. MacKillop will facilitate your enrolment into a government funded course; however, if you have already accessed your Government Funding, you may be required to cover the cost.

MacKillop is committed to be a child safe organisation. Applicants will be required to undergo psychometric testing, a national criminal record check, and have an employment Working with Children Check (plus other relevant checks as required).

If you have any queries, please contact Alex Morales (Resource Coordinator) at ResiEmployment@mackillop.org.au

How to Apply

Click Apply where you will be redirected to sign in to our recruitment portal. If this is your first time applying for a job with MacKillop, you will need to register for an account. For a step-by-step guide, please download the guide here:


Please address the key selection criteria (as outlined in the Position Description) within your cover letter, as part of your application. Applicants need only apply to one advert for this position. If you wish for your application to be considered for multiple regions please express this in your cover letter.

Download the position description HERE.

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