Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander - Therapeutic Residential Carer - Casual - Darwin

Life Without Barriers

NT: Darwin, NT: Alice Springs & Central Australia
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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. 

  • Starting rate of $40.26 per hour + 11% super + penalties rates
  • Opportunity to utilise Salary Sacrifice to increase your take home pay & up to $2600 annual meal & entertainment card for everyday living expenses (for example, mortgage or rent).

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

Working with the CARE model you will strive to enhance the lives of young people in our residential Out of Home Care program incorporating a therapeutic, trauma informed approach.

Working with young people, you will help create a home like environment and tailor your support to the individual needs of each young person. Supporting young people to attain their educational goals, undertake extracurricular activities in line with their interests and supporting their connection to community and family.

We have multiple casual positions available. The successful candidates will be display flexible working availability of weekdays and weekends; mix of days, afternoons, active nights, and sleepovers. This is a casual role, however there is the opportunity to go Permanent Part-Time for the right candidate.

We are not accepting applications from candidates who cannot offer a minimum of 20 hours per week availability across multiple shifts.

Please note: Our residential care service in Darwin runs a 24/7 roster model.
Key Responsibilities  

  • Form and maintain professional, nurturing relationships with children and young people by building trust through visible interest and active engagement
  • Act as an appropriate adult role model, seeking to engage young people in purposeful activities aimed at developing life skills and self-worth
  • Support the involvement of family and where applicable, facilitate family visits/connection and the promotion of positive family relationships with children and young people, to suit individual needs
  • Promote and encourage positive relationships with peers and other persons significant to the child/young person
  • Assist the child/young person to participate as full as possible in making decisions about the activities undertaken
  • Demonstrate an empathic understanding of complex trauma, incorporating this understanding into everyday interactions, as well as responding to pain-based behaviour in a sensitive and non-punitive way.

Skills & Experience

  • Must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Either hold or be actively working towards a formal qualification in allied health, community services or family support. A Certificate IV or higher will be required.
  • Experience working with children who are at risk or in the care of Child Protection Family Services. 
  • Valid unrestricted Australian drivers’ licence.
  • Valid First Aid Certificate and CPR Certification. Must be obtained at your own cost.

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check, Working with Children Check and NT Child Protection Check.   

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. 


  • A fantastic, positive, and supportive team culture
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Opportunity to work for one of Australia’s largest social purpose organisations
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities

How to Apply

Simply click ‘Apply’ and follow the prompts. For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact dillon.vandewint@lwb.org.au 

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications may be reviewed prior to the closing date; and as such the closing date is subject to change without notice. Current application closing date is midnight 3rd August 2024.

 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 here (https://bit.ly/2GzZGWA)

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