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Programs Coordinator (Aboriginal Identified)

Job No: 124746
Location: Lilydale, VIC

  • Aboriginal Designated Position - only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply
  • Are you passionate about supporting Aboriginal community members impacted by family violence?
  • Help improve safety, increase stability, and strengthen connection to Aboriginal culture, community and family networks
  • Enjoy a competitive remuneration package plus salary sacrificing and ongoing training/professional development opportunities!

About the Organisation 

Established in 2006, Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (BWAHS) provides a range of services and programs to Aboriginal individuals and families who are experiencing, at risk of experiencing family violence, or use violence. Currently BWAHS is one of 4 Aboriginal specific state funded healing services in Victoria. 

BWAHS has skilled qualified staff and comprehensive experience with culturally safe delivery of child, youth and family services for Aboriginal people. They provide family violence risk assessment, safety planning, case co-ordination and support including referrals to the Risk Assessment Management Panel. They have developed an excellent record for providing high quality family violence and trauma informed Intensive Case Management, Integrated Family Services responses and evidence-based therapeutic programs to individuals and groups for a whole of family approach.

Boorndawan Willam derives from the Wathaurong and Woiwurrung languages. Boorndawan (Wathaurong) meaning ‘safe’ and Willam (Woiwurrung) meaning ‘house’, combine to create a ‘safe house’. The healing service acknowledges the use of these words in the development of the organisations name. 

About the Opportunity

Due to ongoing growth, BWAHS is currently seeking a Programs Coordinator to join their team in Lilydale, Melbourne on a permanent full-time basis.

Reporting to the Practice and Development Manager, you will be collaborating with a range of internal and external partners to develop and deliver programs to Aboriginal youth and families who are impacted by Family Violence.

More specifically, the purpose of your work will be to improve safety, support families to stabilise their lives, and strengthen the connection to Aboriginal children, community, and family networks.

Your responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to: 

  • Building and maintaining partnerships with cultural leaders, family violence experts, and other relevant service providers to develop and increase access to relevant programs;
  • Maintaining quality records in accordance with BWAHS' contractual obligations, including case notes, reports, plans, statistics and other relevant data;
  • Undertaking the intake, assessment, referral and evaluation process for cultural healing groups and primary prevention programs;
  • Consulting with BWAHS staff and making referrals where required to meet the diverse needs of community members; and
  • Participating in regular supervision as negotiated with the Practice and Development Manager.

This is an Aboriginal Designated Position, classified under 'special measures' of section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.

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About You

To be successful in this role you will hold a relevant tertiary qualification, or have demonstrated experience working in the family violence or closely related sectors. 

Not withstanding this, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics and impact of family violence in Aboriginal families across the community, particularly as it relates to the cultural context of women, children and their families within the Aboriginal Community.

It is essential that you have demonstrated knowledge of Aboriginal culture and intergenerational trauma, and a commitment to the safety and healing of women and children impacted by family violence. Your ability to engage families of varying ages, stages and compositions, who have multiple and complex needs, will be essential.

As a confident communicator you will have the skills necessary to work both independently and as part of a small team, with a competent level of computer literacy.

Finally, you will need to demonstrate a practical understanding of State and Regional Aboriginal family violence strategies and frameworks, and either have knowledge of or be willing to learn about other relevant services, including Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and family violence agencies, that operate in the area.

Please note: You will need to hold or be willing to obtain a current National Police Check, Working with Children Check and basic First Aid Qualification. You will also need a current Driver's License.

About the Benefits

This is a highly rewarding opportunity to join a passionate team and make a genuine difference in the lives of Aboriginal women, children and families who are impacted by family violence. 

In return for your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with an attractive remuneration package commensurate with your skills and experience, plus salary packaging up to $15,999.

As a growing organisation, BWAHS offers fantastic job security, and is committed to investing in their staff, with ongoing training and professional development opportunities.

Finally, you'll also benefit from a fantastic work/life balance, with flexible work arrangements to suit your needs.


For an opportunity to build relationships with families in the community while making a genuine difference in their lives - Apply Now!


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