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Finding a job

Looking for work is never easy, especially when you are first starting out in your career.

There are many questions you need to consider. Are you looking for full time or part time work? Do you want to specialise? Do you need a workplace near public transport?

Some people want to work in not-for-profit organisations only, whereas others look for the relative security of government jobs. Whichever the case, these tips will give you the best chance of getting into the work of your choice.
  1. Make sure your CV or resume is up to date.
  2. Include volunteer work in a separate area.
  3. Record major CPD activities, such as workshops or short courses, on your resume to show you have built on your skills since graduating.
  4. Write your cover letter at a high level (not overly detailed) and focus on a few important points relevant to the job. Do not describe your whole experience unless you are specifically required to use it to address selection criteria.
  5. Make sure your letter is enthusiastic, but not over-the-top, so that it provides insight into you as an applicant.
  6. If you are new to the workforce or the sector, highlight transferrable skills to boost your employability.
  7. Keep your cover letter to no more than a page and write in the active not passive tense.
  8. Keep notes to use in applications, for example, document your skills and attributes and how you can demonstrate them in a resume/letter/interview.
  9. Address the job selection criteria with evidence not assertion – you may need to prove your experience in an interview.
  10. Before you attend an interview, look at the organisation’s website to get an idea of how the organisation operates and its services. Make sure the organisation’s values match your own.
Begin your job search

Look at the featured ads below or visit one of the listed job sites.

Community workers can access quick and discounted police checks here. If you do have a criminal record, you can find our advice on how to manage this here.

http://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/ (sector specific job site)
https://probonoaustralia.com.au/jobs/ (sector specific job site)
https://www.seek.com.au (generalist job site)
https://jobsearch.gov.au/ (Job Active)
https://atsijobs.com.au/ (Specialised job site for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)

Many of the major employers, such as Brotherhood of St Laurence, Anglicare and Benevolent Society, have career sections on their own websites.

For employment in government agencies, such as child protection and local government roles, search out websites dedicated to government careers.

Employment agencies can also assist you to find work. A word to the wise though – agencies often match community workers with personal care/support work roles for which professional community workers (those qualified with a diploma or degree) are over qualified and more suited to higher level roles, such as case worker or case manager.


Featured jobs

Manager Practice Improvement & Quality

Permanent Full Time

Who We Are
CareSouth is a local, community based organisation with a dynamic and bold vision to make a difference every day. Working across NSW and ACT, we seek to inspire each other and the communities in which we operate. Our purpose is to influence and support the safety, development and empowerment of children, young people, adults and communities. Having served the local community for over 20 years, we're looking for a collaborative leader who can enhance our everyday practice.

About the Role
CareSouth has an exciting opportunity for a Manager Practice Improvement & Quality to lead the CareSouth Practice Improvement and Quality team. The location of this role is negotiable with the right applicant and will be based at one of our offices across NSW which include the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Southern NSW/ACT or Western NSW.

Reporting directly to the Executive Officer: Practice, this pivotal role is a member of the Executive Leadership Group (ELG) and works in partnership with all CareSouth programs to ensure our practice and quality continues to deliver positive outcomes for children, young people and families.

We are looking for an individual who:
  • Has extensive experience in community services, including permanency support, disability services and early intervention
  • Possess great leadership skills to support their team to achieve their goals
  • Is enthusiastic and passionate in contributing to the strategic direction of the organisation, and provides best practice and quality across all our programs
The successful applicant will have:
  • Social work degree or equivalent/relevant degree qualification
  • 5 years experience in a similar senior leadership role
  • Comprehensive experience in casework practice in child protection and disabilities with a strong understanding of permanency principles and trauma informed practice
  • Experience in developing, implementing and evaluations Quality Improvement plans
  • Previous experience in facilitating practice improvement training with the ability to achieve increased capability across a diverse workforce
  • Previous coaching or mentoring experience in a similar position with the ability to inspire others and lead change
  • Demonstrated skills in the development, delivery, assessment and evaluation of quality accredited and non-accredited adult training initiatives
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Previous experience in developing a various training programs including face to face and e-learning modules
  • Understanding of research to practice
  • Ability to extract and analyse various data streams to identify practice gaps
  • Ability to design innovative methods that improve practice and the quality of services
  • Current NSW drivers licence
  • Willing to undergo a National Police Check and (NSW) Working with Children Check clearance and or (ACT) Working with Vulnerable People Card.
Do you want to be a part of something great?

At CareSouth, we know it’s our staff that make our organisation great. We want to reward that and be an organisation that you are proud to be a part of. We warmly welcome everyone, irrespective of their ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation or gender identity, and believe that a diverse workforce is the reason we can delivering a high standard of care to our children, young people and families every day.

We are here to help you bring your best self to work, so you can take your best self home!

To recognise the work you do, we offer:
  • A compassionate, supportive and inclusive culture that encourages you to be bold, big-hearted and determined
  • 24/7 After Hours Call centre to allow you to leave work at work
  • Concessional leave, to be taken over the Christmas period
  • Salary packaging entitlements up to $15,899
  • Free, confidential and independent Employee Assistance Program
  • Tailored professional development pathways
  • 24/7 access to our online eLearning system
Applications Close: 20 March 2020

To Apply: Visit the CareSouth website. Please review the Position Description attached for a comprehensive overview of the role.

NOTE: Positions are subject to a Working with Children/Vulnerable People clearance and satisfactory National Police Check

Enquiries to: Tracy Mayo, Executive Officer: Practice 1300 554 260

Housing Support Worker
Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre
Specialist Housing Service (part-time)

This position supports individuals and families who are at risk of homelessness and who are seeking or require short term emergency accommodation in the Brisbane South area. Case management plans will be implemented which focus on supporting household members to overcome the immediate and long term barriers to obtaining and maintaining secure accommodation.

Essential requirements
  • Degree in a Human Service field.
  • Experience in Housing, Homelessness or other Welfare/Support Work and providing support to individuals/families in crisis within a case management framework. 
  • Blue Card from the Commissioner for Children and Young People (QLD) and a willingness to undertake a Police Criminal History Check. (These can be arranged at Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre’s expense). 
  • Able to use the Microsoft office suite and client management and reporting databases. 
  • Current manual driver’s licence or the ability to obtaining one within 12 months from commencement.
Download the position description (PD)

To apply, email your Curriculum Vitae (which should include the information outlined in Essential requirements) and your response to the selection criteria (totaling no more than 2 pages) to: director@sherwoodnc.org.

For inquiry please call 07 3379 6963 and speak with Elizabeth Palk.

Case Manager, Youth CONNECT program
Churches of Christ in Queensland, Children, Youth and Families, Townsville

6 month fixed-term, full time opportunity

Help break the cycle of homelessness in young adults with this Case Manager position in our Youth CONNECT program.

About the role
In this newly created role, you will be working in our Youth Connect program. In partnership with the Queensland Government, the Youth Connect program focuses on helping young people leaving state-based care get on their feet and develop the skills and confidence to live independently.

You will be responsible for supporting young people in the program.

Each day will be distinct in this varied role however, your key everyday jobs will include:
  • Undertaking the initial screening and intake processes;
  • Overseeing the development and ongoing review and evaluation of case plans;
  • Directly supporting and assisting young people with finding education, training and employment opportunities and other critical life skills;
  • Providing culturally safe, trauma-informed and strengths-based service delivery to clients.
About you
You are passionate about the welfare of children and achieving the absolute best outcomes for them.

Empathy is second nature to you, and you are compassionate toward your clients and work colleagues.

To be suitable for this position, your qualifications for the role will consist of:
  • A degree qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Social sciences or related;
  • A good understanding of child development and trauma theory;
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting young people from adolescence to adulthood.
Importantly, you will be someone who closely aligns with our organisational values of: Unconditional Love, Continual Innovation, Mutual Trust and Wise Stewardship.

Who we are
We offer over 200 services in more than 100 communities, positively impacting around 45,000 lives each year. Our care services range from children, youth and family services, early intervention and protection, affordable housing, and seniors and support living, making us one of Australia’s largest, most diverse not-for-profit organisations.

We provide a range of services to children, youth and families ranging from foster and kinship care to residential and supported independent living services. We provide support for more than 2,800 children, young people and families each year. Over 800 dedicated foster and kinship carers help us provide a vital safety net for these young people.

Imagine working for us

Our values encourage us to be accepting of differences and embrace all. Our size and variety offers you real choice and opportunities to grow your career. You’ll also find we offer a family friendly work culture.

Remuneration packages come complete with salary-packaging benefits that can increase your take-home pay along with a generous five weeks of annual leave and the ability to purchase more (for eligible employees). To ensure your career can grow, we are constantly exploring innovative training and development programs. Most importantly, you will help us to positively impact the lives of thousands of vulnerable Australians. Just imagine that.

To apply
To apply for this position please click here. For further information, please contact Kate Leslie 07 3327 1636.

We actively encourage and invite applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for all our positions.

Applications close: We will be assessing applications as they are received for a start ASAP.

Child Protection Practitioners
Department of Health & Human Services (VIC)

Job description
  • A strong commitment to develop and support Child Protection Practitioners
  • Work collaboratively with your team to strengthen case practice and to provide effective service delivery
  • Highly rewarding career opportunities

Being a Child Protection Practitioner means making real change to the lives of our community’s most vulnerable children and families. A career in child protection will provide a range of professional pathways that support your personal growth and development.

We offer a supportive team approach, quality supervision with great training and development.

Skills and experience

We are looking for experienced child protection/child and family welfare professionals to join our child protection teams.

Key responsibilities

  • Assessing children and young people to bring about the changes necessary to ensure their safety, stability and development
  • Conducting risk assessments and investigations
  • Working collaboratively with families, community services organisations and other professionals to develop and implement effective plans for children
  • Managing complex cases, problem solving and presenting matters to the Children's Court of Victoria as required
  • Be responsible for supporting and developing Child Protection Practitioners in the integration of theory and practice while demonstrating your expertise through case practice
  • Working collaboratively with the Team Manager to strengthen case practice
  • Provide effective service delivery and support other practitioners

To be a child protection practitioner you need a current and valid driver's licence and a recognised Social Work degree or a similar welfare or behavioural related degree.

Make the decision to pursue a fulfilling professional career and make a difference in vulnerable children's lives.


  • Child Protection Practitioner (CPP3) $68,884 to $83,640
  • Advanced Child Protection Practitioner (CPP4) $85,279 to $96,759
  • Team Manager and Senior Child Protection Practitioner (CPP5) $98,396 to $119,052

For more information about the role descriptions of Child Protection Practitioners at different levels, please email childprotectionjobs@dhhs.vic.gov.au or visit https://childprotectionjobs.dhhs.vic.gov.au/roles/role-descriptions.



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