Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Support Coordinator. Max Term - Cairns

Life Without Barriers

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QLD: Cairns & Far North
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  • Up to $15,900 annual salary sacrifice
  • Up to $2600 annual meal & entertainment card 
  • Work for one of Australia's largest social purpose organisations

About the Organisation

Every day, Life Without Barriers provides support and care to children and young people, as we work collaboratively with families, carers, and communities, to ensure they have the environment they deserve to grow. With a focus on ensuring safety and respect, this is an opportunity to make a positive and meaningful difference in these young lives and help pave a brighter future.

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose organisation of 8,000 employees working in more than 500 communities across Australia. We support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people, and people with mental illness. We work with people who are homeless and refugees and asylum seekers. Join a community of people dedicated to breaking down barriers.

We want to employ people who reflect the diversity of our clients to ensure we can support each client's individual needs and wants. We encourage people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and people with disability to apply.

About the role

In this role, you will play a pivotal part in crafting and implementing cultural support plans for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children and young people in Out-of-Home Care. Working collaboratively with the children, young people, and our multidisciplinary team, you will ensure that their cultural identities are nurtured and celebrated.

Your communication and networking skills will be crucial in building strong partnerships while you work closely with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to ensure that the goals identified in cultural support plans are effectively implemented. 

This position is being offered as a Full-Time, 12 month Max-Term contract and is based at our office in Manunda.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development and delivery of culturally enriching support plans for children and youth in out-of-home care, partnering closely with the young individuals and a diverse team of professionals.

  • Foster strong relationships with relevant stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of the goals identified in cultural support plans.

  • Maintain open channels of communication to promptly address and report any potential risks associated with goal implementation.

  • Take proactive measures to ensure Life Without Barriers (LWB) consistently attains 100% compliance with cultural support plans.

  • When necessary, develop, deliver, and support Cultural Awareness programs, activities, and training initiatives.

  • Advocate for, endorse, and oversee LWB's adherence to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Placement Principles and related standards.

Skills & Experience

  • Experience working in child protection and with children in out of home care
  • Demonstrated ability to work with individuals, families, and communities from a strength-based, culturally appropriate perspective.
  • Extensive knowledge of issues impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Experience in creation and implementation of Cultural Awareness programs, activities, and/or training initiatives.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders including peers, employees, external organisations, funding bodies and government agencies.
  • Demonstrated written communication skills for the creation of reports, correspondence, and other material.

Essential Criteria

  • Must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent.
  • Relevant tertiary qualification in Social Science, Community Development, Social Work, or related discipline, and/or demonstrated knowledge and experience working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Effective time management skills with a track record of delivering high-quality results amidst competing priorities.
  • Familiarity with relevant legislative and regulatory frameworks within your area of responsibility.
  • Current Drivers Licence.

 *Life Without Barriers considers that being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent is a genuine occupational requirement as outlined in section 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act (1991) and permitted as a 'special measure' under section 8 of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and by articles 1(4) and 2(2) of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. 

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check and Working with Children Check (where relevant to the role).

Please note: To be considered for and appointed to a position at Life Without Barriers, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a minimum of two (2) doses or hold a valid medical exemption certificate, in accordance with Life Without Barriers Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. You will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status during the recruitment process.


  • Make a difference in your local community
  • Work for one of Australia's largest social purpose organisations
  • Rewarding role with extensive opportunities for professional development
  • Competitive Salary and access to salary packaging through Maxxia

How to Apply

Include your resume and covering letter in one document, click ‘Apply’ and follow the prompts. For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact Joelene Green at recruitment@lwb.org.au

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications are continuously reviewed prior to the closing date; and as such the closing date is subject to change without notice. Current application closing date midnight Tuesday 12th December 2023.

Life Without Barriers supports the Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with disability. We believe people with disability need to be heard and for these experiences to influence how support services like ours are delivered. View our statement (https://bit.ly/2GzZGWA)


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