Who we are

The Bendigo & District Aboriginal Cooperative (BDAC) is an ACCO (Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation) registered as a member under the umbrella of VACCHO (Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation) and represented nationally through NACCHO (National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation).

BDAC provides a range of specialist services for clients based primarily in the Dja Dja Wurrung including Health and Wellbeing services, Family and Community Services and Corporate services.

The Position

Working within the Mutjang bupuwingarrak mukman program (a Dja Dja Wurrung name meaning “keeping our kids safe”) The Senior Case Manager holds the primary responsibility for case management for the Aboriginal children authorised to BDAC under the Section 18 of the Children’s, Youth and Families Act 2005.

The Senior Case Manager will take a leading role in the work with children, families and community to promote the safety, stability and development of Aboriginal children.

What we are Offering

  • Competitive Salary (commensurate on skills and qualifications)
  • Full Time, 38hrs per week
  • Ongoing contract
  • Access to Salary Packaging
  • 10.0% Superannuation 
  • Workplace Flexibility

Some of the Key Responsibilities

  • Provide quality, timely and effective case practice and case management services including risk assessment, working from a strengths approach.
  • Work with children, families, carers and community to implement the actions determined through planning to facilitate the changes necessary to improve the safety, stability and development of children.
  • Refer children and or families to appropriate services based on needs and goals, work in conjunction with services to ensure that referrals are responded to in a way that acknowledges the unique needs of each referral and situation.
  • Compete case notes, reports and maintain records using the Client Relationship Information System.
  • Keeping of files in line with program requirements.
  • Actively participate in teamwork in a manner that ensures a co-ordinated approach to service delivery.
  • Lead and attend meetings to support the case management of families and advocate for children and families as required.
  • Prepare documentation, present information and make recommendations to the Children’s Court of Victoria and other relevant courts and tribunal processes on decisions and actions in the best interests of the child, in consultation with a supervisor.

Some of the Senior Responsibilities

  • Provide supervision, mentoring and support to the case support team.
  • Represent BDAC at various meetings.
  • Support staff in preparing quality documentation.
  • Act in higher roles and duties as required to fill positions during leave and vacancies.

How to Apply

If this role sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, then please apply by providing your CV, and a cover letter entailing how you suit the role to [email protected] by 5pm, Wednesday 8th December, 2021.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of the Children’s, Youth and Families Act 2005. 
  • Knowledge of child and adolescent development and strategies for working with vulnerable children, young people and their families.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal Culture and the ACCHO environment.
  • Understanding of self-care and resilience to working with children and families in crisis and who have experienced trauma.
  • Skills and commitment to supervision and performance management.
  • Strong computer skills, Ability to use a range of software and IT based reporting systems
  • Ability to manage competing demands in a structured thoughtful manner

Qualifications (Mandatory)

  • A recognised Social Work degree or a similar welfare or behavioural related degree which includes: (a) a primary focus on child development, human behaviour, family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma; and preferably (b) a practical component such as counselling or case work practice


    A recognised Diploma of Community Services Work, or similar qualification which is studied over a minimum of two academic years of full-time study (or part time equivalent) and includes: (a) a primary focus on child development, human behaviour, family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma (b) supervised fieldwork placements (ideally completed within the child and family welfare sector) and at least one unit of study in case management, case work practice or counselling.

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 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.