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Therapeutic Residential Care Worker - Gippsland

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
  • Position: Casual
  • Salary: Salary between SCHADS Level- 2.4 to 3.1 ($35.14ph - $36ph) Plus Casual Loading PLUS penalties PLUS super based on skills and Qualifications
  • Location: Gippsland

Who is VACCA?

The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is an Aboriginal Community-Controlled organisation that supports and advocates for the Aboriginal Community and is the largest organisation of it’s kind in Australia. The VACCA team is committed to the organisation’s visions and values, passionately providing support, service and advocacy for our children and other vulnerable members of the community.

Our Aboriginality is what distinguishes us from other community organisations and our culture of teamwork and inclusivity is why we are able to deliver positive outcomes that lead to ongoing change.

Our strength lies with our people and all people are welcome.

About the opportunity?

Therapeutic Residential Care Worker will engage with the children and young people to develop a nurturing, positive relationship and to assist each child to deal with their trauma-based responses to life in a way that promotes healing, emotional growth and development of positive attitudes and life skills.

Key to success in this role are the following:

  • Demonstrated commitment and understanding for the values that underpin VACCA’ vision and purpose
  • Awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal societies and cultures, along with awareness of the key issues which impact upon Aboriginal communities, and commitment to continually build knowledge in this area
  • Ability to respond therapeutically to Aboriginal children’s pain-based behaviours indicating an understanding of the impact of trauma and disrupted attachment on children.
  • Ability to participate pro-actively and openly in the therapeutic team including the ability to give and receive feedback in a constructive, respectful manner.
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills including the ability to write case notes, Incident Reports, as well as completing financial administrative requirements.
  • Ability to engage and build strong therapeutic relationships with young people
  • Ability to follow direction from the Care Team, Line Management and to comply with all reporting and other documentation requirements.
  • Ability to commit to a set roster working shifts across a 24/7 period
  • Current COVID-19 vaccination (including booster dose, as applicable)


  • Minimum Cert 4 in Child, Youth and Family Intervention, or required to undertake.

What VACCA Offers?

If you choose to start a professional career with VACCA, we offer a range of services and incentives;

  • An attractive salary with salary packaging options to maximise your take home pay
  • A rich array of learning and development opportunities, including formal qualifications
  • Opportunities to participate in cultural events and other activities as they arise
  • Employee Assistance Program to help you de-stress
  • A warm and supportive environment in which you can grow and flourish
  • REAL career development opportunities- You can GROW with us!
  • Fitness Passport - allowing you (and your family) access to any of the facilities available on this program

We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people to apply.

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

We encourage applicants to view the Position Description prior to applying.

Please view the Position Description attached below.

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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