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Aboriginal Skills Coach


To perform this position, it is essential that the person who holds the position be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. It is therefore a genuine occupational requirement under section 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (QLD) that applicants are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within our new Logan team & office, as an Aboriginal Skills Coach working with an exceptionally motivated team of professionals implementing Treatment Foster Care of Oregon (TFCO), a highly acclaimed, evidence-based intervention.
This deadly role is a unique opportunity where we embrace your guidance and cultural support as a skills coach / mentor to make a difference in community.

Treatment Foster Care Oregon for Children (TFCO) is an evidence-based treatment program that supports and treats young people and children with serious emotional and/or behavioural difficulties including aggression, poor school engagement, poor peer relationships, poor coping and social skills, low self-esteem and difficulties with self-regulation and are at risk of entering into residential care or it can be a way for children to transition from residential care into more appropriate home-based care arrangements i.e. foster care, kinship care or home with parents.

The TFCO programs provide high level of support and intervention in a home like setting through the care of an accredited foster carer. The TFCO model includes several components such as: training and support for the foster carer/s, family therapy for the young person’s parent/aftercare placement; skills training for the young person; education support and case management and consultation.

An individualised treatment plan is developed for each young person in the program with goals that focus on improving the young person’s emotional and behavioural functioning; promoting positive educational outcomes; and building strong family relationships. A young person’s goals are met through close supervision, fair and consistent limits, predictable consequences, and supportive relationships with mentoring adults.

As Aboriginal Skills Coach TFCO, you will report to a TFCO Program Supervisor and in this position:

  • Provide weekly skills coaching to the TFCO child/young person. Skills coaching areas of focus are directly related to the goals of the child/young person’s treatment plan and may include strategic modelling, skill practice, and positive reinforcement in sessions. Skills coaches will receive training and ongoing supervision to implement the treatment during sessions.
  • Document each skills coaching session in a timely fashion and submit them to the TFCO Program Supervisor.
  • Receive supervision from the TFCO Program Supervisor and attend weekly treatment team meetings.
  • Contribute to the provision of an outcome focused service which provides a high-quality service preventing children entering the OOHC system or enabling them to be reunified home.
  • Attend weekly meetings with the TFCO Program Supervisor.
  • Work alongside internal OzChild teams to enable continual improvement to the design and implementation of our services to further extend OzChild’s commitment to improving the lives of children, young people and their families.
  • Participate in building a strong team that is built on inclusiveness and respectfulness operating with a high level of professional management in a complex and demanding environment.
  • Be accountable to the performance outcomes of the program you are responsible for and ensure they are being met.
  • Ensure you are compliant with Quality, OHS and Risk management systems for the program.
  • Other duties as may be required.

Experience & Skills required

  • Experience in Youth Work, Education or Sport would be highly regarded
  • Knowledge of behaviour management principles
  • Skill building and training experience, specifically with young people
  • Current driving license (essential)
  • Ability to engage young people in activities


  • Tertiary qualifications in Social Science, community development or Social Work or a related discipline and or relevant work experience.

What OzChild has to offer

  • Flexible working hours to meet your availability
  • Perm part time role - 2 days per week
  • Must be available Wednesday mornings for clinical team meeting, and Thursdays would be preferred 
  • Excellent hourly rate 41.52 per hour (SCHADS level 4) $ 82,043.52 pro-rata to 2 days) salary packaging of $ 15,900 plus $ 2650 meals and entertainment
  • Ex-gratia days Easter and Christmas
  • Help children and young people transition to long term permanent care

To apply for this position please send through a copy of your CV and cover letter.

For further details relating to this position, please see attached Position Description for your perusal or call Elizabeth Abdilla - Senior Talent Acquisition Leader 0499 655 939 or email [email protected], using the subject line: Aboriginal Skills Coach enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Interviews will be conducted immediately, so do not wait to apply as you could be interviewed the following day !

OzChild is committed to the employment of Aboriginal people and providing a work environment in which Aboriginal peoples' cultures, beliefs and values are acknowledged and respected, and in which the individual career goals and personal aims of Aboriginal staff are identified, promoted and achieved.

OzChild is an equal opportunity employer and encourages individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply. This includes, but is not limited to, those from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and LGBTIQ communities

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