Community Development Worker – Youth and Families

  • Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation
  • Alice Springs NT
  • Annual Salary: $70,408 - $80,296 dep
  • Annual Leave: 4 weeks pro rata
  • Accommodation: N/A
  • Vehicle: Provided for work use
  • Additional Leave: N/A
  • Extras: Superannuation 11.75%. Travel allowance $70 per night, All digital/computer/phone and travel equipment provided. Swag supplied. Flexible working hours & time in lieu arrangements instead of overtime.



Position Objective

This position supports the delivery of youth support and family mental health support
programs on remote central Australian communities. This position will promote the
personal, social and educational development of children and young people; assist
Aboriginal families to support children and youth at risk, and assist children/youth and
their families to engage positively with appropriate services.

The community development worker – Youth and Families will be based in Alice
Springs with regular travel to the designated communities (out of Alice Springs 3 to 5
days in a week, 3 weeks in every 5).


The Community Development Field Worker will be accountable to the Management
Team, and will work in partnership with other Youth and Families team members.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support to children/youth and their families consistent with the
    objectives and requirements of Waltja’s Reconnect and Family Mental Health
    Support Service programs. Support is to be based upon strengths-based
    approach, the principles of self-determination, and respect for Aboriginal
    people, communities and culture.
  • Assist Aboriginal children/youth and their families to access other support,
    services and resources as required, and to actively engage in community and
  • Engage Aboriginal people from each community wherever possible as
    mentors, advisers, and co-workers to assist with Waltja’s service delivery,
    and support skills development of community members related to the
    program objectives.
  • Work collaboratively with other local service providers, agencies and
    institutions, to support young people and families at risk, to provide referrals,
    and to plan events and activities consistent with Waltja’s program objectives.
  • Support Aboriginal decision making about the development, management
    and evaluation of Waltja’s programs and support Aboriginal employment in
    research where possible.
  • Complete and provide appropriate and up-to-date documentation related to
    community visits, travel plans, data reporting, and client/community support
    provided or requested. Where appropriate assist in the preparation of
    submissions for external funding.
  • Work as part of Waltja’s team across all projects. Work together with other
    staff, Management and elected Board Members. Support and mentor junior
    staff where relevant. Participate in Waltja events and meetings as directed.
  • Represent Waltja at Conferences, Seminars, Meetings, and Committees and in
    other community forums.
  • Identify training and professional needs/opportunities, and undertake
    training as directed by Management Team.
  • A commitment to comply with all Waltja Policy and Procedures and Code of Conduct.

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