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Homelands Human Services Coordinator - Utopia

Urapuntja Aboriginal Corporation
  • Location: Utopia Homelands
  • Classification: Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (MA000100); Community services worker grade 5 – 6
  • Permanent full time, 38 hours per week; dependent on resourcing and grant sustainability. Employee must be available for weekend work and flexible hours from time to time.
  • Salary Package: from $75,000 - $84,000 basic salary depending on qualifications and experience
  • Supervisor: Chief Executive Officer

We would like, as soon as possible after Covid19 restrictions are lifted in remote Aboriginal communities to have acquired the services of the right applicant. This is the second round of advertising for this position. 


Urapuntja Aboriginal Corporation (UAC) requires a highly motivated and creative Homelands Human Services Coordinator (HHSC) to take a facilitating partnership (FP) role in the Utopia Homelands in orchestrating programs, activities and/or services to make our Homelands stronger for our Children. We want you to walk alongside the Homelands people in the enabling of their innovative and practical program ideas to improve the lives of family and cultural units.

You will navigate, measure, sustain and account for multiple grant sources while being guided by the Homelands people in facilitating their solutions to their complex needs. You will advocate, inform and educate people to provide well-being, self-autonomy, independence and self-determination. You will mentor, organise and create real vocational and educational services and opportunities, working closely with UAC and other service providers and agencies.

You will maintain a caseload to assist individuals and families who are severely disadvantaged by welfare dependency and disabilities, in a crippling environment of poor shelter, food insecurity, financial debt, social dysfunction and other effects caused by the complex effects of intergenerational trauma.

You will also facilitate, organise and roster educational and social programs, and accommodation services based from the Urapuntja Homelands Centre (UHC) situated in the Arlparra Homeland, and provide outreach services to up to 16 Utopia Homelands.

You will create opportunities for possible employment for Utopia people and be guided by a Local Community Board (LCB) who you will facilitate, and assist with their governance responsibilities. 

You will become part of a larger program throughout the NT and from time to time engage in webinar’s, travel and join other SCFC Coordinators, with selected community members to represent UAC in the learning, promoting and sharing of ideas that will enhance the program and the lives of children and their families throughout the NT.

Currently UAC have resources supporting the CHSC role through:

  1. The National Indigenous Australians Agency’s (NIAA), Stronger Communities for Children Program (SCfC), a grant offered to UAC on the 1st January 2019.
  2. Other business income and grants provided and gained through UAC sources from time to time.

Compelling research and evidence exist around the importance of investing in children from the earliest possible stages of life, and that a collaborative and integrated approach to the provision of programs and services for infants, children and families will result in positive long-term benefits. (Collective Impact Theory). There is a need to close the gap in the health, wellbeing, and learning outcomes for young children and families in vulnerable communities to ensure children have the pre-requisites to be successful prior to and from entering education systems.

The CHSC Co-Ordinator will be immediately responsible for the delivery and coordinating of the SCFC Program and other initiatives wanted and initiated by the LCB, and the Board of UAC.

Selection Criteria:

When addressing the Criteria below, in your application, below you must provide examples to demonstrate:

  1. Degree and/or equivalent in the Social Sciences/Social Work/Community Development/Education fields.
  2. A Cert IV Training and Assessment and/or equivalent preferred or willingness to obtain such a qualification preferred.
  3. Advanced Computer and technology skills.
  4. Effective communication, facilitation and negotiation skills.
  5. Experience in developing (operational) plans and able to contribute to management of the organisation, assist or prepare budgets, establish procedures and work practices.
  6. Experience in implementing a created plan preferred.
  7. Operate under limited direction from senior employees or management and undertake a range of functions for which operational policies, practices and guidelines will need to be developed.
  8. A good understanding of the SCfC, NDIS, Case Management and other Community and Educational Service’s principles and needs.
  9. Being familiar with the principles of monitoring and evaluation.
  10. Excellent Numeracy and literacy skills for data collection, input and reporting.
  11. Understanding and (preferably) experience of service delivery and procurement.
  12. Ability to remain positive and meet challenges with an objective and professional attitude.
  13. Willingness and ability to take initiative and lead activities.
  14. Ability to employ and manage other employees.
  15. Ability to recognise, practice and appreciate the skills to walk in two worlds.
  16. A good understanding of the issues facing Aboriginal people both socially and politically throughout Australia, in particular the NT.
  17. Current NT Drivers Licence.
  18. Willingness to travel throughout the Homelands on a regular basis, including from time to time, to major centres throughout NT and Australia with specific task-driven groups from Utopia.
  19. Openness and ability to adapt to changing situations and scenarios on a daily basis.
  20. Willingness to start as soon as possible preferred. 

Conditions of employment include the holding of, or ability to obtain immediately a Working with Children Card and a positive Police Record check.

Performance Reviews will be undertaken regularly and the Probation Period is as per the current Australian Government Legislation (6 months).

Do not hesitate to call Michael on (08) 8956 9099 or 0408 115 352 if you require further information about this exciting, challenging and rewarding opportunity.

For more information about the position, please refer to the attached Position Description.

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