APS4 - Residential Youth Worker

Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL) provides safe, comfortable, culturally appropriate and affordable hostel accommodation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who must live away from home; enabling access to education, employment, health and other essential services.


Job Title:

Residential Youth Worker


APS Level 4

Job Type:

Non-Ongoing for 18 months with a possibility of extension, Full-time


$60,428 - $60,974 per annum plus superannuation


Wadeye, Northern Territory

Contact Officer

Larry Softley (08) 7904 0260

Closing Date:

Wednesday 22 February 2017

AHL is currently recruiting enthusiastic candidates for Residential Youth Workers – challenging roles where you can make a difference.  If you have relevant experience working with secondary school students providing pastoral care during out of school hours, then we would encourage you to apply. Kardu Durrikardu Numida Hostel is located in Wadeye, NT.

Wadeye is a small remote town situated on the western edge of the Daly River Reserve, about 230 km south-west of Darwin. The town was formerly known (and is still often referred to) as Port Keats. For approximately eight months of the year during the wet season, the town of Wadeye and outer communities such as Palumpa and Peppiminarti, can only be accessed by air.

This position will require shift work as the Hostel is operational on a 24/7 basis.  To be successful in this challenging role – you will need to be hard working, have boundless energy and show empathy, patience and respect for the people you work with (young people, staff and management). You will need to be a self-starter, be honest in your approach and have passion for working with adolescents from Indigenous backgrounds.

Accommodation in the Hostel will be provided free of charge to the successful candidate.  In addition, assistance with return air travel expenses to Wadeye will also be provided.

What We Offer

A diverse and inclusive workplace, AHL offers great employment conditions including attractive remuneration packages, superannuation, salary sacrifice options and an opportunity for training and career advancement. AHL Salary Packaging Program includes a benefit of up to $15,900 per FBT year for mortgage or rent payments, allowing staff to further reduce their tax payments, providing more net (take home) pay.

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities


Provide high quality care and support within a residential setting to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary boarding students.



Under the direction of the Senior Residential Youth Worker, implement and deliver after-school recreation and social development programs for students, as well as planning of and participation in programs that address health and emotional welfare issues for adolescent students in culturally appropriate ways.


Work collaboratively with other Residential Youth Workers and facility staff to ensure that pastoral care and personal development of students is provided.


Support the welfare of students by ensuring that issues and concerns are addressed. Provide the Senior Residential Youth Worker with regular reporting of student matters.


Provide ongoing one-on-one support to students in delivering pastoral care and monitor educational development. Liaise with school staff to ensure students are completing homework, assessment tasks and are prepared and punctual in their movements to and from school.


Assist students with the development of their social/personal skills by helping students to understand their responsibilities and developing positive relationships with others.


Implement service delivery practices that are responsive to the needs of the students, including compliance with health and safety legislative requirements.


Participate in forums and meetings as required. Some industrial work may be required under exceptional circumstances, i.e. the preparation of meals and cleaning, or night attendant duties.

Position Specifics

v  Frequent out of hours work will be required, including on-call emergency if the need arises.

v  AHL facilities are non-smoking and zero tolerance of alcohol – this includes staff accommodation.


Whilst this duty statement summarises the purpose of the job and lists its key tasks, it is not a definitive list of all the tasks to be undertaken.  Tasks can vary at the discretion of the Chief Executive Officer, in consultation with the employee. To deliver services effectively, a degree of flexibility is needed and the employee may be required to perform work not specifically referred to above.

Skills and Experience

All applicants will be assessed in relation to their ability to perform in accordance with the APS Values and Code of Conduct, the social justice principles of equity and workplace diversity, and occupational health and safety in the workplace.

The successful candidate will have:



Commitment to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This commitment will be shown by your capacity to:

v  Understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures;

v  Identify issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today; and

v  Communicate respectfully.



Ability to provide pastoral care and personal development to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Ability to coordinate and deliver out of school recreation and social activities.


Experience contributing to student education and welfare outside of school hours, supporting students with their social/personal skill development.


Experience supervising staff to achieve the required outcomes.


Knowledge and understanding of key challenges in a secondary boarding student environment in remote areas in Australia.


Desirable Qualification

v  Certificate IV Youth Work (Residential) or equivalent.

v  Current Senior First Aid Certificate. If not advanced, first aid training will be required to be undertaken.

v  Current Bus Licence for light/rigid vehicles (up to 25 seats). If not, training will be required to be undertaken.

Essential Requirements

v  A current Drivers Licence.

v  A valid Working with Children Clearance.*


*Required to complete prior to confirmation of appointment.


To be eligible for employment with AHL, applicants must meet AHL’s requirements for the following conditions:

v  Hold Australian citizenship;

v  Hold a valid driver’s Licence;

v  Obtain a Working with Children’s Check (or equivalent);

v  Satisfactory National Criminal History Check;

v  Satisfactory complete a Probation period.

This is an Identified Position and Indigenous jobseekers are encouraged to apply, as well as non-Indigenous jobseekers with a demonstrated commitment to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  The successful applicant will need to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the position. For more information see: http://www.apsc.gov.au/priorities/disability/recruitability .


How to Apply

Your application must include:

v  Application Pack,and

v  A current resume outlining your career history, qualifications and contact details for at least two recent referees.

Submit your Application Pack and resume to TopEnd.Recruitment@ahl.gov.au. Please ensure your email subject line is the following – ‘Your Name, APS 4, Residential Youth Worker, Wadeye’.