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Playgroup Worker

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
  • Position: Full time, Fixed Term position
  • Salary: $62,742.16 - $67,269.28 , plus super (based on skills and experience)
  • Location: Preston

The Organisation

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is the largest organisation of its kind in Australia, employing more than 600 employees and delivering more than 70 programs across Victoria. VACCA is an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation that supports and advocates for the Aboriginal community. Our strength lies with our people. Our team is committed to the organisation's vision and values; advocates for our children and other vulnerable community members; and shows respect for, observance and compliance with Aboriginal cultural protocols, practice and ceremony. Our Aboriginality is what distinguishes us from mainstream services and what enables us to deliver the positive outcomes we achieve for

About the role

VACCA’s playgroups are available to all children and families in our Community and provide a culturally safe place for vulnerable families to participate in activities with their children alongside strong Aboriginal Community members. They also provide a supportive place of mentoring and peer support.

VACCA’s playgroups focus on: intentional based learning and play; facilitating positive parent-child interactions and parental skill development; supporting child development and school readiness; developing cultural knowledge and identity of children and families; participation of Elders, Community members and artists to develop strong connections to culture and Community; providing information about services including maternal child health; and affirming Aboriginal childrearing practices.

About You

  • Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, the values that underpin VACCA’ vision and purpose and the capacity to take a leadership role in championing these internally and externally
  • Demonstrated awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal societies and cultures, and commitment to continually build knowledge of such, along with a high level of awareness of the key issues which impact upon Aboriginal communities
  • Demonstrated experience in working and engaging with Aboriginal families and children/ Demonstrated experience in child and family sector
  • A sound knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and values and the ability to effectively communicate with Aboriginal people
  • An ability to work in a culturally respectful and competent manner with Aboriginal children, their families and communities to ensure that cultural connections are fostered and maintained
  • An understanding of developmental milestones for children
  • An ability to work effectively with Aboriginal organisations, government departments and community service organisations

Desirable: Experience or formal qualifications in child care is desirable. It is expected that applicants be willing to undertake a Diploma or other relevant training in the course of their role. This would be supported and facilitated by VACCA.

What we can offer you!!

  • Attractive salary packaging to increase your take home pay
  • Great career development opportunities.
  • Access to Employee support and wellbeing program(s)
  • Opportunity to work and build connection with the Aboriginal Community and culture

We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people to apply

Applications should include a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and current resume.

We encourage applicants to view the Position Description prior to applying. Please click here to view the Position Description.

We are committed to Aboriginal self-determination and supporting strong, safe, thriving Aboriginal communities and aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity, honouring all cultural backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities and spiritual beliefs.

VACCA is a child-safe organisation and is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children and young people with zero tolerance for child abuse. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a National Police Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencement of employment and periodically following commencement.

VACCA is an equal opportunity employer and has a smoke-free workplace policy.

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