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First Nations Access Officer

Welfare Rights Centre
  • Work Type/s: Part-time/Temporary – 3 days per week for 12 months
  • Classification/s: Community Liaison
  • Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
  • Location: Surry Hills, Sydney

Remuneration: Grade 5 $56,003.72 - $58,573.91 per annum for 21.6 hours (commensurate with qualifications and experience) as per WRC Enterprise Agreement plus annual leave, superannuation 10.5%, and access to salary sacrificing arrangements

The Welfare Rights Centre is committed to justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and we take cultural safety very seriously. We are located on the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and we continue to pay our respects to the Elders past and present.

About the Welfare Rights Centre

We provide free legal information, advice and representation to people in NSW who have a problem with Centrelink, including rejections of claims for a payment, cancellations and unfair debts. We are the only legal service in NSW that exclusively specialises in social security law. To help ensure that our service is accessible, we have received a philanthropic grant to employ a part-time First Nations Access Officer for 12 months.

About the role

The First Nations Access Officer will help the Welfare Rights Centre provide a more accessible service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in NSW. The main duties of the role are:

  • Helping us connect with Aboriginal-controlled organisations
  • Assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have a problem with Centrelink to seek support from our caseworkers and solicitors
  • Working with our Community Legal Education Officer to develop a training program in social security law to Aboriginal community workers
  • Identify how Centrelink’s laws and processes unfairly impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and help us with policy and law reform work
  • Helping the Executive Director secure ongoing funding for the role

You will be provided with full training to gain a working knowledge of social security and family assistance laws, policies and procedures. You will also be offered mentoring by an appropriate experienced Aboriginal person external to the Welfare Rights Centre.

About you

You could be someone who has worked in a community or government organisation. Or you have never held a formal paid position but you have experience supporting people in your community to access essential services. Or you have just finished your university degree or TAFE course and you are looking for your first professional role. Your skills, experience and strengths will shape how the role of First Nations Access Officer develops.

You must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and be accepted in the community as such.

next steps

For the position description and selection criteria, please see the attachment.

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    If you have any questions about the role or the application process, please contact Katherine Boyle on (02) 9211 5389.

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