About the Role
About the Service
The Society delivers essential Local Area Coordination (LAC) services as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout in NSW. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) represents a significant change in Australia’s ways of providi ng disability support with a focus on individual goals, choice, social inclusion and building capacity. NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.
Aboriginal Local Area Coordinators (ALACs) work directly with NDIS participants, their families, carers and communities to support their access to NDIS. The focus of various ALAC activities may change over time based on the participant load and which stage participants are at in the NDIA pathway. A key focus of the ALAC role is to assist participants in building their capacity to self-direct and achieve their goals. ALACs connect networks and linkage with their local Aboriginal community and mainstream services.
You will have the opportunity to receive ongoing professional development and training within your role, giving you the skills to make a difference and help build the capacity for all Australians to control their own life and destiny.
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To be successful in this role, you will need
- This is an identified position in accordance with Section 14 (d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. Applicants for this position must be of Aboriginal descent through parentage, identification as being Aboriginal and being accepted in the community as such. Exemption is claimed under Section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977
- Relevant qualifications or demonstrated experience working in the human services sector e.g. disability, child services, allied health, social work, community development, education.
- Demonstrates person centered approaches and other contemporary disability and community services practices.
- Understanding of the key principals, philosophy and opportunities of the NDIS for Participants.
- Demonstrates ethical, inclusive and non-judgmental attitude towards others.
- Proven ability to be adaptable in changing environments and ability to prioritize competing demands and achieve agreed targets.
- Strong communication, problem solving and influencing skills.
- Ability to connect and develop networks and linkage with local community and mainstream services.
- Demonstrates interpersonal skills to engage with external stakeholders to establish valuable connections with local communities.
- Demonstrated computer skills including Excel and ability to work with client information systems.
- Good written and documentation skills, including timely report writing.
- Proven ability to work autonomously while also collaborating positively within a team environment.
- Willingness to adhere to the mission and ethos of the St Vincent de Paul Society and Code of Conduct.
- A valid driver license and ability to undertake regular travel.
The following will also highly regarded:
- Relevant qualifications or training on social inclusion, community development and engagement or person-centered thinking and planning.
- Lived experience of disability will be highly regarded.
- Flexibility to attend meetings or travel outside of usual office hours as needed from time to time to support participant or program needs.
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About the Organisation
The St Vincent de Paul Society is a leading provider of community support services and has been assisting people experiencing disadvantage in NSW for more than 130 years. Our people reach out to the most vulnerable in our community through our Conferences, Special Works and Vinnies shops. The Society’s mission is to shape a more just and compassionate society by offering a ‘hands up’ approach to people in need respecting their dignity, sharing our hope and encouraging them to take control of their own destiny.
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Valuing Diversity and Inclusion
St Vincent de Paul Society NSW (the Society) is committed to engaging a diverse workforce.
The Society recognises the value of an inclusive work environment and believes that our diversity is a strength in the work we do with our local communities. We take pride in the diversity of our people and encourage applications from people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people who identify as LGBTQIA, candidates of any or no religious beliefs and applicants of all ages
We believe our employees are key to our success and in return we offer:
- Job satisfaction working as part of a team making a difference to people’s lives in an organisation that cares about people.
- Generous salary packaging benefits to employees where a portion of take-home pay is tax-free.
- In addition to excellent learning and development programs, as a large purpose driven organisation we provide opportunities to grow your career across a range of teams and services.
- Supportive, friendly and values driven team environment and culture.
Prior to an offer of employment, preferred candidates will be required to complete the pre-employment checks including a Police check, Working with Children check, Health Declaration and/or a medical check, right to work in Australia check. The Society is committed to being a Child Safe organisation, further information can be found in the Society’s commitment to Safeguarding Children & Young People.
Want to know more about the role? Please contact LAC District manager Hunter – Julianne Lorrain on email@example.com.
If you have issues submitting your application, please contact Recruitment team on firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Local Area Coordinator role.
Applications close at 11:30 pm on November 18, 2018
Please submit your application today attaching your Resume and answering to the Essential Criteria questions provided below and outlined in the attached Position Description.
Information on how to apply
Please quote in application: Aboriginal Local Area Coordinator – Newcastle via Pro Bono Australia.