Aboriginal Diversion Officer – Thornlie

Posted 1 week ago

Aboriginal Diversion Officer

Part time, 69 hours per fortnight

Location: Thornlie


This appointment will be made under a Section 50(d) exemption of the Equal Opportunity Act.



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.

Based at the South East Metro Community Alcohol and Drug Service in Thornlie and Armadale, the role offers information and support to people who have been in contact with the justice system. The successful applicant will have the ability to work with people in regards to alcohol or other drugs. A strong sense of connection with the Aboriginal community is essential, along with good communication and yarning skills. Applicants with interest and experience in the alcohol and other drug field or justice system are well suited to this role.


The position involves encouraging eligible people to consider the alcohol and other drug court diversion program, liaising with court staff, conducting assessments for the program and following up with clients.


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

To see the FULL Selection Criteria, please see the link below to the JDF.

JDF – SEMCADS (Thornlie Armadale) Aboriginal Diversion Officer


  • 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: 22/09/2023

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 Jason Standing on (08) 9267 2400 or email jstanding@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.

If you would like to have a yarn on what it’s like to work at Palmerston as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander employee at Palmerston please contact our Executive Manager, Cultural Lead – Rohan Collard on 0432 349 145 or rcollard@palmerston.org.au.




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