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

Reporting to the Director of Child Safety and Cultural Support, the Program Manager will hold responsibility for the implementation of and provide the day to day over-site of the operations of the pilot program, this will include the over-site of all investigations. The position will ensure the program is a healthy and positive work environment that promotes staff growth and that leads to best possible outcomes for children and families in the program. The Program Manager is responsible for ensuring high quality administration of the CYFA as well as compliance with relevant guidelines and MOU’s.

This position will require some travel and after hour’s work.

What we are offering

  • Competitive salary (commensurate with skills and qualifications)
  • Full Time, 38hrs
  • 1 year contract (possibility to extend)
  • Access to Salary Packaging 

Some Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and oversee all aspects of the pilot development including policy and procedures, requirements, and MOU’s.
  • Lead the program in a solution focused, strengths approach that ensures a healthy work environment and leads to best possible outcomes for families and children in the program.
  • Ensure high quality administration of the CYFA 2005.
  • Lead and oversee investigations into reports of harm received about children and young people, ensuring that all investigations are completed to highest standards and in line with procedural timelines.
  • Coach staff to use high quality investigation and interview skills.
  • Build and maintain high quality collaborative relationships with external stakeholders including, CASA, Police and SOCIT, DFFH Child Protection, local Community Services Organisations and other Aboriginal Organisations.
  • Review and develop protocols and procedures between organisations.
  • Monitor and evaluate budget in collaboration with BDAC Chief Financial Officer and adjust as needed.
  • Audit and review all client files (written and electronic) to ensure accuracy and compliance.

 Key Selection Criteria 

  • Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal Culture and the ACCHO environment.
  • Understanding of child protection work guided by the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005, in particular completing investigations, including interviewing children and families.
  • Understanding of program management including budget, staffing and program development.
  • Demonstrated leadership that leads to a healthy work environment, staff growth and retention and attains best possible outcomes for families and children.
  • Experience in delivering high quality reflective supervision.
  • Ability to build and maintain high quality collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Evidence of report writing skills and ability to ensure the program produces high standard reports.
  • Capacity to make balanced and sound decisions in high-risk and high-pressure situations and communicate rationale for decisions made.
  • Ability to manage crisis situations with a measured and reflective approach.
  • Solid understanding of risk assessment and management in child protection work.
  • Understanding of debriefing and supporting staff through traumatic events
  • Ability to work after hours and on call as required.

Your skills and experience

  • 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.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in the child, youth and family’s sector.

*If you don’t meet these requirements but strongly believe and are able to demonstrate you have the knowledge and capacity to fulfill this role, please contact us

How to Apply

If this role sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, then please apply by providing details of how you meet the key 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.