Jobs: Aboriginal Social Emotional and Wellbeing Worker, NSW




            An Aboriginal person (as defined by the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983) means a person who:

            (a) is member of the Aboriginal race of Australia, and

            (b) identifies as an Aboriginal person, and

            (c) is accepted by the Aboriginal community as an Aboriginal person

            This is in accordance with Part 9A, Section 122J of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

Status:                                    Permanent full-time, 38 hours per week, 3 year contract

Classification:                        Award; NSW Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award                         2010 – Grade dependent on qualifications and experience.

Organisation:             The Social Emotional Wellbeing Worker Project is managed by Upper Hunter Drug and                                    Alcohol Service Inc., funded by Coal & Allied (ADCC) and BHP Billiton Mt Arthur Coal


1.      Purpose of position:

The Aboriginal SEWB position aims to strengthen Aboriginal families and communities in the Upper Hunter Valley by building skills and commitment to protect and benefit children and young people; encouraging access to education and employment and contributing to better access to quality health care.


Selection Criteria:


1.1               Willing to undertake University enrolment to commence (or continue if already enrolled) studies in Bachelor of Health (Mental Health); or Associate Degree in Health Science (Mental Health); or Certificate in Health Science (Mental Health) to achieve the position’s requirements including a commitment to gaining relevant qualifications and experience for the duration of the Traineeship (with the support of an academic mentor).

1.2               Demonstrated organisational and time management skills, strong interpersonal skills.

1.3               Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.

1.4               Awareness of the issues and challenges Aboriginal people face in relation to alcohol and other drug issues, including an understanding of harm minimisation.

1.5               Sound computer and typing skills.

1.6               Current driver’s licence.

1.7               Understanding of and commitment to Equity, Workplace Health and Safety and Quality Improvement.

1.8               Demonstrated ability to empathise with a wide and diverse community.

1.9               Some experience within an alcohol or other drug treatment environment.

1.10           Demonstrated experience working with Aboriginal people.

1.11           Demonstrated ability to work in a team.


1.12           Demonstrated understanding of Aboriginal culture


Application Closing Date: Friday 7th September, 2012

Enquiries and Position Description: Libby George (02) 6543 2677 or Email:

Forward applications electronically by email or to: PO Box 370, Muswellbrook, NSW 2333.  Only applications addressing the above selection criteria and confirmation of Aboriginality will be considered.  Standard background/criminal checks will apply for the successful applicant.

Important: Aboriginal Identified Position; applicants must be of Aboriginal descent through parentage, identification as being Aboriginal and accepted in the community as such.  Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification for this position and is authorised under the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act.