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Finance and Administration Team Leader - Alice Springs

Mental Health Association of Central Australia


MHACA is a specialist psychosocial recovery and mental health promotion organisation with a strong presence and reputation in the community. We strive to make a difference in the lives of people with a mental illness by supporting participant-driven mental health recovery and assisting communities and organisations to actively improve their mental health and well-being.

Our psychosocial support services and educational programs aim to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of people living in Central Australia through a range of programs and activities including:

  • NDIS funded support coordination, capacity building, living skills and social and recreational activities
  • Individual support to people experiencing mental illness
  • Tenancy support to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • A day program offering group activities and peer support
  • Mental health promotion to reduce stigma and raise community awareness
  • Support remote Aboriginal communities to build awareness and community capacity to implement suicide prevention strategies
  • Training in mental health first aid, suicide intervention, workplace health and related areas
  • Advocacy for improved services at local, state and national levels.

In keeping with MHACA’s vision, the Finance and Administration Team Leader is a key role responsible for supporting the effective functioning of the organisation through the design and delivery of key organisational systems including, finance, human resources, administration, resource management including our vehicle fleet, policy and procedure, , quality and safety, and governance support.

Position summary:

The Finance and Administration Team Leader will work under the direction of the Corporate Services Manager to further the objectives of the Association in line with the approved MHACA Strategic Plan. This role also will assist the organisation to manage key tasks, accounts, systems and processes associated with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The Team Leader must uphold the vision, objectives, values and structure of the Association and abide by the approved policies and procedures of MHACA. Responsibilities include managing the office administration; including human resource support to the Association, manage and coordinate a small administrative team and supervise external contracted services; involvement in financial management; ensuring an efficient, effective and safe workplace for all employees. The role will also assist in, and provide advice on, activities designed to meet the business and organisational transitional needs relating to NDIS and be a key contact.

The Finance and Administration Team Leader is required to manage the following key areas of responsibility:

Key responsibilities:

Role Specific

  • Lead the finance and payroll functions to ensure best practice operation and management of financial systems. This includes processing and paying invoices, processing payroll, bank reconciliations, monthly journals and accruals, and managing our NDIS income.
  • Resource and support the human resource function of the organisation
  • Administration management of the office including supervision of Administration Officers, managing the organisation’s offices, office equipment including oversight of building repairs and maintenance.
  • Manage and maintain the assets of the organisation, including vehicles and Buildings, including tenanted buildings in accordance with the existing property management contract.
  • Support funding reporting and accountability.
  • Support program managers in the monitoring of budgets and reporting obligations
  • Assist in the advancement of Continuous Quality Improvement within MHACA.


  • Attend meetings and represent MHACA as required
  • Actively participate in the organisation’s quality, safety and risk management systems
  • Take reasonable care for own safety and that of other people in the workplace.
  • Any other duties as required by the organisation.

Selection Criteria:


  • Cert IV in Accounting or Diploma of Business Management or significant experience in the finance field.
  • Significant experience in accurate and timely processing of accounts payable, receivable, end of month procedures and payroll.
  • Significant experience working in an administrative environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement administrative and organisational systems.
  • Strong financial and human resources skills and experience.
  • High degree of proficiency and experience with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Demonstrated high level of written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to handle periods of high workload and meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to relate well with people from a broad range of backgrounds.


  • Demonstrated knowledge in NDIS and MyPlace Portal.
  • Previous experience and knowledge with the accounting software Xero.
  • Experience and/or understanding of issues impacting on Aboriginal people in regard to their social and emotional wellbeing.
  • Knowledge of Australian mental health and disability policies and frameworks such as the National Mental Health Standards, Nation Disability Insurance Scheme and National Mental Health Strategy.

The successful applicant will be required to undergo a current police and working with children check.

How to apply

For further information, please contact Megan Balmer on (08) 8950 4600 or visit the MHACA website on www.mhaca.org.au.

Applicants must address the Selection Criteria and include a resume and contact details of two current referees.

Please forward to: megan.balmer@mhaca.org.au, using the subject line: Finance and Administration Officer application via EthicalJobs.

Applications close 12th June 2020 at 4pm.

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