Aboriginal Project Officer – Albany

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Aboriginal Project Officer

Full Time – 5 days per week (negotiable)

Great Southern Community Alcohol and Drug Service

Location: Great Southern

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

The Aboriginal Project Officer 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.

Skills and Experience:

  • Strong Aboriginal community based experience and connection
  • Knowledge of alcohol and drug issues
  • Well developed assessment and counselling skills
  • Ability to work with and be part of a team.
  • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills
  • Have high level communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft office
  • A valid driver’s licence and willingness to travel.

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

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

JDF – GSCADS – Aboriginal Project Officer – October 2023

Aboriginality is a genuine qualification for this position under section 50 (d) of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act (1984).


  • Excellent salary packaging options, receive up to $15,900 plus additional salary packaging of up to $2,650 for meal and entertainment expenses
  • 5 days life and wellness leave (pro rata)
  • 9 weeks paid parental leave for the primary carer and 2 weeks partner 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 July 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 Deb Slade on 9892 2100 or email dslade@palmerston.org.au

We seek and welcome diversity and a breadth of experience and backgrounds in our teams. People who identify as LGBTIQ+ are encouraged to apply.

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 Wayne Ryder on 08 9399 5344 or wryder@palmerston.org.au.

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