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Team Leader - Lakidjeka ACSASS

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
  • Position: Full time, Fixed Term position
  • Salary: $90,439 to $94,436, plus super (based on skills & experience)
  • Location: Werribee/ Melton

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.

About the role

The Lakidjeka Aboriginal Child Specialist Advise Support Service (ACSASS) provides specialist advice and case consultation to Child Protection about culturally appropriate intervention in respect of all reports relating to alleged harm of children and significant decisions in all phases of child protection.

The Lakidjeka program does not have direct responsibility for case work. The role of the program is to provide advice and support to inform the respectful engagement of families, risk and other assessments, planning, monitoring and reviews undertaken by child protection.

Reporting to the Program Manager you will be responsible to:

  • Provide independent consultation advice to Child Protection on the best ways of keeping children and young people safe. This advice will include the importance of strong connection to Aboriginal culture, community and family when making decisions in the best interest of the child or young person.
  • Manage the day to day operations of locally based ACSASS team including the direct supervision and support of staff
  • Report to a Program Manager as well as contribute to a larger management group
  • Liaise and develop several external working relationships with Child Protection, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal services.
  • Develop and maintain strong partnership arrangements with Child Protection

About You

  • A relevant qualification, a diploma or degree or equivalent in Social Work, Social Welfare Sector is desirable.
  • Understanding of the Children, Youth and Families Act, 2005 (Vic.) & Department of Human Services (Protective Services) procedures and policies regarding case planning
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of Issues related to Aboriginal child and family welfare and Child Protection Systems
  • Undertake team management, including monitoring, evaluation and maintenance of standards
  • Ability to work closely with child protection and other services to advocate for the child and support the best interests of Aboriginal children
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and train staff

What we can offer you!!

  • Professional support and training via in-house learning and development training modules
  • 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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