Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Officer

Springwood QLD, Australia

  • Supportive team environment
  • Five weeks annual leave with the ability to purchase more
  • Salary packaging benefits that greatly increase take-home pay

Churches of Christ in Queensland, Children, Youth and Families, Springwood and Southport

Permanent, full-time opportunity 


About the role

In this varied role your primary goal will be to support and deliver culturally appropriate engagement practices within all Children, Youth and Families programs across the region. You will be responsible for identifying, maintaining and supporting local relationships and partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including children, young people and families, communities, elders and organisations.

Your days will be diverse and challenging but your key everyday tasks will include:

  • Project managing the development and implementation of a regional community engagement action plan, incorporating community leaders and the service sector to support and connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and families;
  • Providing local level advice and consultancy on cultural matters including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols, history and contemporary issues relevant to the communities;
  • Contributing to the provision of culturally sensitive services and a culturally safe working environment through consultation and engagement with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, employees and organisations.


About you

You are passionate about the welfare of children and achieving the absolute best outcomes for them.

This is an identified position within Churches of Christ in Queensland. To perform this role it is essential that the person who holds the position be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

Empathy is second nature to you, and you are compassionate toward all people. You have a welcoming disposition that renders you capable of forming positive relationships that foster growth and development.

You have cultural capability and knowledge that inspires teams to achieve shared goals and work towards positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. With well-developed communication skills you liaise comfortably with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

To be suitable for this position, your qualifications for the role will consist of:

  • Qualification in child and family welfare, or a behaviour science and/or relevant experience;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the historical and contemporary issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • Proven ability to effectively and sensitively engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, coupled with a strong understanding of cultural and societal issues that impact upon them; 

Importantly, you will be someone who closely aligns with our organisational values of: Unconditional Love, Continual Innovation, Mutual Trust and Wise Stewardship.


Who we are

We offer over 200 services in more than 100 communities, positively impacting around 45,000 lives each year. Our care services range from children, youth and family services, early intervention and protection, affordable housing, and seniors and support living, making us one of Australia’s largest, most diverse not-for-profit organisations.

We provide a range of services to children, youth and families ranging from foster and kinship care to residential and supported independent living services. We provide support for more than 2,800 children, young people and families each year. Over 800 dedicated foster and kinship carers help us provide a vital safety net for these young people. 


Imagine working for us

Our values encourage us to be accepting of differences and embrace all. Our size and variety offers you real choice and opportunities to grow your career. You’ll also find we offer a family friendly work culture.

Remuneration packages come complete with salary-packaging benefits that can increase your take-home pay along with a generous five weeks of annual leave and the ability to purchase more (for eligible employees). To ensure your career can grow, we are constantly exploring innovative training and development programs. Most importantly, you will help us to positively impact the lives of thousands of vulnerable Australians. Just imagine that.  


To apply

To apply for this position please click the Apply button. For further information, please contact Linda Smith on 0488 749 931.

 We actively encourage and invite applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for all our positions. 

Applications close: Monday 18 November 2019

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Engagement Officer (CYF_CYFS).pdf

Type: Permanent

Category: Child ; Youth and Family Services

Reference ID: RT000028

Date Posted: 04/11/2019