Carer Services Practitioner


Job description

Agency Department of Territory Families, Work unit Greater Darwin Region, Carer Services

Housing and Communities

Job title Carer Services Practitioner Designation Professional 1

Job type Full Time Duration Ongoing

Salary $64,904 - $83,700 Location Darwin

Position number 29943 RTF 198890 Closing 22/11/2020

Contact Fran Venturin, Acting Team Leader, Carer Services, Greater Darwin Region on 0436 919 244 or

frances.venturin@nt.gov.au

About the agency territoryfamilies.nt.gov.au

Apply online https://jobs.nt.gov.au/Home/JobDetails?rtfId=198890

Information for applicants

Applications must be limited to a one-page summary sheet and detailed resume.

The NTPS values diversity and aims for a workforce that represents the community. The NTPS encourages people from all

diversity groups to apply for vacancies. For more information about applying for this position and the merit process, go to the

OCPE website.

Under the agency’s Special Measures Recruitment Plan eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) applicants will

be granted priority consideration for this vacancy. For more information on Special Measures, go to the OCPE website.

Primary objective:
Assessment of foster and relative carers and other Out of Home Care services to achieve quality placement and service outcomes

for clients in accordance with legislative and policy guidelines.

Key duties and responsibilities:
1. Responsible for the delivery of quality placements to Out of Home Care clients, including the management of recruitment

and assessment of new carers requiring liaison with other departments and non-government organisations.

2. Maintain a high level of service to foster carers through the provision of professional expertise and demonstrated best

practice in the delivery of statutory welfare services.

3. Undertake statutory responsibilities and exercise delegations under the Care and Protection of Children Act in accordance

with departmental policies and procedures.

4. Ensure the registration of carers adheres to legislative framework and departmental policies.

Selection criteria:
Essential:
1. A degree of an Australian tertiary institution, which gives eligibility for membership of the Australian Community Workers

Association, the Australian Association of Social Workers, or the Australian Psychological Society, or equivalent OR Diploma

of Child, Youth and Family Intervention AND Vocational Graduate Certificate in Community Services Practice (Statutory

Child protection OR Graduate Certificate in Safe Communities (Child Protection).

2. An ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines in an environment of competing priorities

3. An ability to work within a legislative framework and to interpret and apply legislation in relation to child protection and

adoptions assessments.

4. Demonstrated skills in the assessment of family, interpersonal, and community dynamics including the ability to conceptualise

and analyse information in the assessment of potential foster carers.

5. A demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle.

6. Highly developed oral and written communication skills.

Desirable:
1. Current NT driver’s licence or the ability to obtain.

2. Preparedness to travel in 4WD vehicles and light planes as required and ability to undertake travel including overnight stays

as necessary.

Further information:
1. The recommended applicant will be required to hold a current Working with Children Clearance notice and undergo a criminal

history check (a criminal history will not exclude an applicant from this position unless it is a relevant criminal history).

2. Applicants should include a certified copy of their qualifications with their application.

3. Position includes travel to other areas of the Northern Territory for multiple nights within the working week.

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Approved: October 2020 Julieanne Davis, A/Executive

Director

Agency Department of Territory Families, Work unit Greater Darwin Region, Carer Services

Housing and Communities

Job title Senior Carer Services Practitioner Designation Professional 2

Job type Full Time Duration Ongoing

Salary $86,204 - $103,377 Location Darwin

Position number 29943 RTF 198890 Closing 22/11/2020

Contact Fran Venturin, Acting Team Leader, Carer Services, Greater Darwin Region on 0436 919 244 or

frances.venturin@nt.gov.au

About the agency territoryfamilies.nt.gov.au

Apply online https://jobs.nt.gov.au/Home/JobDetails?rtfId=198890

Information for applicants

Applications must be limited to a one-page summary sheet and detailed resume.

The NTPS values diversity and aims for a workforce that represents the community. The NTPS encourages people from all

diversity groups to apply for vacancies. For more information about applying for this position and the merit process, go to the

OCPE website.

Under the agency’s Special Measures Recruitment Plan eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) applicants will

be granted priority consideration for this vacancy. For more information on Special Measures, go to the OCPE website.

Primary objective:
Assessment of foster and relative carers and other Out of Home Care services to achieve quality placement and service outcomes

for clients in accordance with legislative and policy guidelines.

Key duties and responsibilities:
1. Responsible for the delivery of quality placements to Out of Home Care clients, including the management of recruitment and

assessment of new carers requiring liaison with other departments and non-government organisations.

2. Maintain a high level of service to foster carers through the provision of professional expertise and demonstrated best practice

in the delivery of statutory welfare services.

3. Undertake statutory responsibilities and exercise delegations under the Care and Protection of Children Act in accordance with

departmental policies and procedures.

4. Provide support, training, education, and supervision to staff on program and practice issues to enhance their skills, knowledge

and understanding of the Out of Home Care program.

5. Ensure the registration of carers adheres to legislative framework and departmental policies.

Selection criteria:
Essential:
1. A degree of an Australian tertiary institution, which gives eligibility for membership of the Australian Community Workers

Association, the Australian Association of Social Workers, or the Australian Psychological Society, or equivalent OR Diploma

of Child, Youth and Family Intervention AND Vocational Graduate Certificate in Community Services Practice (Statutory Child

protection OR Graduate Certificate in Safe Communities (Child Protection).

2. Highly developed organisational, negotiation and conflict management skills with demonstrated ability to work under pressure

and meet deadlines in an environment of competing priorities.

3. Demonstrated skills in the assessment of family, interpersonal, and community dynamics including the ability to conceptualise

and analyse information in the assessment of potential foster carers.

4. Highly developed oral and written communication skills.

5. Demonstrated ability to manage a high work load and to work independently with minimum supervision.

6. Proven experience working in a legislative framework and a demonstrated ability to interpret and apply complex legislation in

relation to child protection and adoptions.

7. A demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle.

Desirable:
1. Current NT driver’s licence or the ability to obtain.

2. Preparedness to travel in 4WD vehicles and light planes as required and ability to undertake travel including overnight stays

as necessary.

Further information:
1. The recommended applicant will be required to hold a current Working with Children Clearance notice and undergo a criminal

history check (a criminal history will not exclude an applicant from this position unless it is a relevant criminal history).

2. Applicants should include a certified copy of their qualifications with their application.

3. Position includes travel to other areas of the Northern Territory for multiple nights within the working week.

Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment

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