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Organisation : Brotherhood of St Laurence

Location : Melbourne (Frankston )

Work type : Casual/Vacation

Sector : Aged Care & Seniors

Salary type : Hourly

Application closing date : 4 Sep, 2019

About the role

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Brotherhood of St Laurence

Benefits include:

  • flexibility in working hours to suit work-life balance needs
  • ability to work locally within a good team
  • competitive salary and conditions, including travel mileage and salary packaging

Summary of Program and its objectives
Brotherhood Home Care sits within the Retirement and Ageing division of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, under the Brotherhood Community Care area. The purpose of Brotherhood Community Care is to support people with complex physical and/or psychological needs to live in the community by providing care management and support services.

Brotherhood Home Care PCA staff provide the daily support to people in receipt of community care services, living in their own homes.The Retirement and Ageing Division also provides residential aged facilities as well as independent living accommodation for people on low incomes.

Main Responsibilities of the role
The Personal Care Attendant assists with consumer re-ablement and provides professional person centred care and appropriate assistance to maximise their independence and autonomy. The PCA will work from a ‘do with’ not a ‘do for’ position applying the Capabilities Approach to empower consumers to flourish through living a life they have reason to value. The incumbent will follow My Plans to enhance consumer’s capabilities and opportunities to:

  • be and do what they value
  • exercise their rights and responsibilities in accordance with the Charter of Care Recipients’ Rights and Responsibilities - Home Care
  • play an active role in decision-making, Maintain family, social and community networks and relationships.

To meet the selection criteria, candidate will require


  • Minimum of Certificate III in one of the following areas, individual Support, Aged Care, Home & Community care, or Disability.
  • (Certificates and Statements of results showing units studied will be required at interview).
  • demonstrated knowledge of safe food handling, hygiene, cleaning and cooking techniques
  • proven ability to communicate effectively and with sensitivity with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • understanding of ageing process, older people, people with disabilities and/or dementia
  • demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and privacy
  • ability to accept direction and work without constant supervision whilst continuing to be part of a team
  • well-developed time management skills, including an ability to adapt to changing circumstances and organize work according to directed tasks
    current Victorian Drivers Licence and reliable roadworthy motor vehicle with valid registration and insurance
  • demonstrated knowledge and understanding issues of frail aged people and people with dementia
  • understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood of St Laurence.


  • demonstrated experience working with older people, people with disabilities and/or dementia
  • Hold a valid food handling certificate or willingness to obtain one within the first few months of employment
  • First aid certificate and current CPR
  • ability to speak a language other than English is highly desirable, specifically Greek, Italian,
  • Mandarin, Serbian, Polish, Croatian, Macedonian and Vietnamese language
  • certificate IV in Community Care/Disability.

This is a casual position and hours will be on an as required basis. Salary will be $25.90 hour plus casual loading and superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay.

To view the Position Description, please click here

For further information about the role phone Helen Boulter on (03) 8781 4214.

As part of the Brotherhood’s recruitment and selection process, applicants will be required to undergo pre-employment checks as required, applicants will be subject to, but not limited to, the following checks: National (and International if applicable) Police Check, Victorian Employee Working with Children Check, Right to Work in Australia, Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme Check and current professional registration.


The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a vision of an Australia free of Poverty. We embrace, and value, diversity of culture, working arrangements, sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure our workforce is representative of the community that we work within. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include and welcome unique contributions of all people. We embrace and celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their skills and contribution to our organisation. Applicants should be aware that as required, we conduct police and working with children checks as we acknowledge the importance of Child Safety.

How to apply for this role

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Personal Care Attendant via Pro Bono Australia.

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