Aboriginal Project Officer – Katanning

Posted 4 weeks ago

Great Southern Community Alcohol and Drug Service – Katanning

Aboriginal Project Officer

Fixed term contract

5 days/week (1 FTE)

Compassion, Acceptance, Respect, Excellence, Service About the Service – Aboriginal Project Officer

Based in Katanning, the community Aboriginal worker will deliver a culturally secure alcohol and drug service (AOD) to the community. On the job training is available to applicants who may not meet all the selection criteria but have the potential to work well within the role and have a passion for working to improve the lives of people in their community.


About Palmerston

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.


The role

The role includes outreach services and support in the delivery of community engagement and capacity building activities as well as facilitating treatment and support to Aboriginal families and individuals. Based in Katanning, the Aboriginal Project Officer will work with communities in the upper Great Southern region.

A few specifics

  • 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
  • Encourage Aboriginal consumer engagement in the service.


Selection Criteria

  • Tertiary or equivalent or relevant qualifications in social, behavioral or health sciences or equivalent experience (or working towards minimum Certificate IV qualification).
  • Strong Aboriginal community-based experience and connection.
  • Experience working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of alcohol and drug issues.
  • Well developed oral and written communication Ability to establish rapport/connectivity easily between the service and client.
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle is essential.


Benefits & Culture

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

  • Excellent salary packaging options (up to $15,900)
  • Paid parental leave after 12 months service
  • Annual leave loading
  • Access to professional development training
  • Monthly external supervision
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Two days life and wellness leave
  • Two days paid cultural leave per year and a further eight days unpaid cultural leave per year.


For further information please download the job description form (JDF) linked below.
JDF – GSCADS – Aboriginal Project Officer


Please be advised that a National Police Clearance and Working with Children Check is required as part of your application.

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

For a confidential discussion, contact Tina Edwards-Pope on 98922100 or email tepope@palmerston.org.au

Note: automated applications from SEEK will be deleted.

Application instructions:

  • Click apply directly via Seek or Email your application to jobs@palmerston.org.au Please note successful applicant must meet the selection criteria.
  • Applications should include: A cover letter

A statement addressing the selection criteria CV

  • Include your name and the position you are applying for in the subject title eg:

Application for CHARLIE SMITH – Counsellor / Educator Prison Pathways.

Position Closes: Monday 6 March 2023 @ 5pm.

Shortlisting will commence straightaway; Palmerston reserves the right to close the position early if needed.

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