Traineeship – Aboriginal Supported Playgroup Worker – Part-time 21 hours/week

(for 12-24 months depending on level of study)

Barnardos South Coast Children’s Family Centre at Warrawong is currently seeking to employ a part-time (21 hours per week.) Supported Playgroup Worker – Aboriginal Trainee for a 12-24 month traineeship.

The position will work in partnership with families and aims to enhance children’s development through play and develop parenting skills. Playgroups support access to services and build on informal support networks, strengthening family functioning and enhancing connections within the Aboriginal community.

 This is an Aboriginal identified position. To perform this role it is essential that the person who holds the position be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. It is therefore a genuine occupational requirement under section 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 that applicants are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

 The ideal candidate will have genuine interest in child and family welfare, and willingness to undertake and complete a course of study relevant to the position.

A current drivers’ licence is highly regarded.

The successful applicant must have a favourable Working with Children Check (WWCC) and National Police Check.

*School leavers through to mature aged applicants are encouraged to apply.

 All applications must include a current CV with two referees and a letter addressing Essential Criteria as outlined in the Position Description.

Job Description can be obtained by contacting:

Katrina Lee,  Barnardos South Coast Centre Phone: 42758575 or

Closing date: 5pm Monday 27th January, 2020.    

Position Vacant – Student Wellbeing Officer

Alesco Illawarra is recruiting for a new position at our Wollongong Campus – Permanent, Full-Time Student Wellbeing Officer. 

This position would be suitable for someone with youth work, community services, social work or similar qualifications and experience in case management. 

Applications close midnight on Tuesday 10 December and interviews will be held on Tuesday 17 December, with the position commencing late January 2020.

Casual Youth Worker | Kiama Council

Join our dedicated and enthusiastic team who are committed to creating a Municipality that has a healthy, vibrant, beautiful environment and harmonious connected and resilient community. We are focused on, not only achieving our organisational goals but assisting staff to realise their professional and personal goals.

The role:

You will be required to supervise SENTRAL drop-in services and assist in coordinating activities involving young people, primarily on a Saturday. In this role you will also assist in developing programs that support the social, emotional, recreational, educational and personal development needs of young people in the Kiama Local Government area.

We offer:

  • Casual employment
  • Hourly rate from $35.48 to $38.06 (depending on qualifications, skills and experience) plus applicable weekend penalty rates
  • plus 9.5% superannuation

For further information about this position, click here for a copy of the position description.

Contact: Melissa Andrews – SENTRAL Youth Services Coordinator on 0491 153 834

Closing Date: Monday 10 June at 11.30 pm

For more information on how to apply, view our Information for Applicants Guide.

Position Vacant |Kiama Council

Health Promotion Officer (ENV1011)

  •  Do you want to give back to the local community?
  • Are you looking for a sea change to the beautiful South Coast?
  • Or something a little closer to home?
  • Whatever your reasons, Kiama Council has your next career opportunity…

About the Area
Working and living on the South Coast comes with many perks. In the Kiama Local Government Area you can relax at our local cafes, restaurants or wineries, experience nature at the Minnamurra Rainforest, stroll along our scenic coastal walk or view our two famous Blowholes.

About Council
Kiama Municipal Council operates across a range of industry sectors. In addition to the traditional functions that are carried out by Councils, Kiama Council is a significant provider of aged care services both within the Municipality and the Illawarra region. Tourism is the major industry in the Local Government Area and Council is a significant provider and supporter of local tourism. Council operates the largest conference and function centre within the Municipality; The Pavilion Kiama along with the highly prized five holiday parks that comprise the Kiama Coast Holiday Parks.

About the Role
Council is currently seeking a suitably qualified and experienced Health Promotion Officer to join the team for 4 days (28 hours) per week on a permanent, part time basis.

The key objectives of the role are:

  • To respond to population health and wellbeing issues, and facilitate the provision of programs that will lead to the enhancement of the health, and wellbeing of the community.
  • To plan, co-ordinate and implement existing and/or new innovative sustainability and population health community projects.
  • To coordinate, oversee and implement the 2011-2017 Kiama Health Plan and subsequent Plans.

For further information on the duties, tasks and selection criteria for this position, please view the position description available on Council’s website,

This position is classified at Grade 13 of Council’s salary structure, with a commencing weekly salary from $1,052.56 (Step 1) to $1,123.12 (Step 4) and progression to $1,250.80 (Step 9) is subject to competence and performance. These rates do not include superannuation and are based on working 28 hours per week. Conditions of employment are in accordance with Council protocols and the Local Government (State) Award 2017.

For enquiries please contact Council’s Human Resources Section on (02) 4232 0592.

Applications close on Monday 2 April 2018.

We actively encourage applications from people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.

Applications Close: 02 Apr 2018

RIP | Nigel Dick, Founding Patron of Odyssey House Victoria

28870767_10160317873945195_7746820287262726956_nNigel Dick, Founding Patron of Odyssey House Victoria passed away peacefully yesterday morning.

In 1978, on discovering that one of his sons was addicted to heroin, Nigel visited Odyssey House in New South Wales with a view to opening a similar organisation in Victoria.

With the tenacity of someone who worked at the highest levels of the Australian television industry, Nigel formed an Odyssey for Victoria Committee and attracted the support of some of the state’s and nation’s eminent business, community, sporting and entertainment leaders.

In 1979, the committee approached the Victorian Premier, Rupert (Dick) Hamer who provided financial support from which the disused seminary at Lower Plenty was purchased and so Odyssey House Victoria’s Therapeutic Community was formed.

Nigel stepped down from the Odyssey House board in 2014 having given 35 years of service to the organisation that he loved so much. Odyssey House would not be what it is today without the foresight and tenacity of Nigel. Our thoughts are with his wife, Bev, and his children Deb, Garry and Richard at this time. RIP Nigel.