About BDAC

Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative provides a range of health, wellbeing and family and community services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members on Dja Dja Wurrung Country.  

The Position

The Intensive Family Support Worker will support families to consider the changes that need to occur for children to remain safe in their own homes. The position will provide intensive outreach and in-home support to families.

The Intensive Family Support Worker will participate in comprehensive family assessments that identify the health, wellbeing and safety needs of the children involved, and that identify both the capacity and constraints of the families to make necessary changes.

What we are offering

  • Competitive salary (commensurate with skills and qualifications)
  • Full Time, 37.6hrs
  • 1 Year Contract (extension possible)
  • Access to Salary Packaging
  • 10.0% Superannuation


Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in comprehensive family assessments that identify the health, wellbeing and safety needs of the children involved, and that identify both the capacity and constraints of the families to make necessary changes
  • Support the strengthening of family connections, promoting placement prevention and promoting the safety of children, young people and parents
  • To participate in the development of comprehensive family plans using a wraparound approach and participation in ongoing review and evaluation of family plans
  • To actively participate in team work in a manner that ensures a co-ordinated approach to services for children, young people and their families
  • To work in conjunction with existing services to ensure that referrals are responded to in a way that acknowledges the unique needs of each referral and situation by matching resources to referral information.
  • To support a comprehensive assessment process that results in both high quality information for decision making and an increased understanding by the referred family about their situation, capacity and choices.
  • Provide crisis support to clients engaged with Placement Prevention Unit programs as needed
  • Ensuring that every plan is reviewed in the stated time frame and appropriate actions are taken to ensure ongoing progress
  • Provide confidential client support to individuals and families to improve the safety, stability and developmental outcomes for child/ren
  • Support individuals and families wanting to make positive lifestyle changes
  • Attend & accept referrals through the I.R.A.R process.


Key Selection Criteria 

  • Ability to effectively and efficiently plan and organise own work and responsibilities
  • Sound knowledge of local issues and needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
  • Knowledge of the Children’s, Youth and Families Act 2005
  • Experience in case planning and case notes writing
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Demonstrated negotiation and advocacy skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children, young people and families’ already in contact or at risk of contact with Child Protection services
  • Demonstrated ability in convening and mediating outcomes with groups
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills including the capacity of engage families, elders and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Local community in a collaborative planning process
  • Have the capacity to develop, plan, implement, manage and evaluate a program
  • Demonstrated experience of working in and with Aboriginal communities in the Loddon Mallee region
  • Understanding of all relevant legislation, policies and practice.


Your skills and experience

To be considered for this role, you must have: 

  • Diploma of Community Development or equivalent
  • Qualification in a Social Welfare discipline or equivalent (Cert III minimum)

How to Apply

If this role sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, then please apply by providing details of how you meet the the selection criteria (as set out above), provide a copy of your CV, along with a cover letter, to [email protected] by 5pm, Wednesday 8th December, 2021.


Mandatory Requirements

Should an applicant be the preferred candidate, background checks (Police check, reference check and Working with Children's Check) will be completed prior to the candidate’s employment being confirmed.

You must also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to work at BDAC. 

For more information about this position please see the Position Description available at bdac.com.au or contact our human resources team on (03) 5442 4947 or send an email through to [email protected] 

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Previous applicants need not to apply.