Aboriginal Community Worker

Posted 3 weeks ago

Aboriginal Community Worker – Drug and Alcohol

Permanent full-time, 76 hours per fortnight

Location: Perth

About Us

Palmerston Association is a leading and respected not for profit provider of alcohol and other drug services. We have a rich and proud history of providing support through a range of services including counselling, groups, residential rehabilitation, and educational initiatives.

About the role

Based at Palmerston Perth the Aboriginal Community Worker will deliver a culturally secure alcohol and drug service (AOD) to the community. The role includes outreach services and support to individuals and families struggling with alcohol and other drug issues, working with allied agencies including referrals and shared care. It will complement allied services by providing reciprocal referral pathways, consultation and shared care for Aboriginal people.

Pay Level is equivalent to Level 4 – Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010.

About you

  • Engage and build relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community regarding culturally sensitive AOD service provision.
  • Develop and maintain partnership activities with relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services, such as reciprocal referral arrangements, consultation, training and formal agreements.
  • Support Palmerston staff to improve their culturally sensitive practice.
  • Provide services and support to individuals and families in different locations (outreach).
  • Encourage Aboriginal consumer engagement in the service.
  • Support the Palmerston counselling staff in providing an appropriate treatment program and response to consumers.
  • Manage an individual case load of clients, providing case management and/or counselling.
  • Complete referrals & assessments in line with client treatment needs.

To see the FULL Selection Criteria, please view the JDF linked below.

JDF – Aboriginal Community Worker (4)


  • Excellent salary packaging options, receive up to $15,900 plus additional salary packaging of up to $2,650 for meal and entertainment expenses
  • 2 days life and wellness leave (pro rata)
  • 6 weeks paid parental leave after 12 months continuous service
  • Partial access to long service leave after 5 years continuous service
  • Flexible, family orientated working conditions
  • Annual leave loading of 17.5% for award-based staff
  • Opportunities to join and get involved in various working groups such as the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (RAP), Rainbow Community Initiative Committee, Environmental Working Group and the Disability Access Inclusion Policy Working Group.
  • 2 days paid and 8 days unpaid cultural leave for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.
  • Aboriginal Staff Forum for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to connect and collaborate.

To apply

If this sounds like the role for you then click on the apply button on Seek!

Alternatively you can submit your application at one of our branches.

In your application please ensure that you:

  • Submit your resume
  • Submit your cover letter addressing the selection criteria as outlined in the JDF
  • Complete all application questions

Closing date: Wednesday 28th February 2024.

Shortlisting will commencing straightaway, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

The successful candidate must possess a National Police Clearance that was obtained within 3 months, and a valid WA Working with Children Check.

For further information on the position please contact Ragini Lew on (08) 9328 7355 or email rlew@palmerston.org.au.

We seek and welcome diversity and a breadth of experience and backgrounds in our teams. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and people who identify as LGBTIQ+ are encouraged to apply.

Palmerston is currently preparing for accreditation for Rainbow Tick as part of our ongoing commitment to delivering safe and inclusive services for LGBTQI+ people.

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