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Kurbingui is an Aboriginal community based and driven not for profit organisation that offers services to the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander community members, families, children and young people living within the Greater Brisbane, Moreton Bay and South East Regions.

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Address: 425 Zillmere Road, Zillmere QLD 4034 PO BOX 163, Zillmere QLD 4034

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Youth Support Practitioner – Yeaca Dhargo Indigenous Family Wellbeing Service

Kurbingui Youth and Family Development

Please note that, in accordance with s25 of the Anti-discrimination Act 1991 (QLD), it is a genuine occupational requirement that this position be filled by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

Are you looking for a job with meaning; one that connects your personal values with an organisation that supports the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our community?

  • Make a difference supporting young people and their families
  • Zillmere and outreach locations, onsite parking, on the train line, salary sacrifice options
  • NFP Aboriginal community-controlled – community service organisation

Do you want to make a difference?

Kurbingui Youth & Family Development is a not-for-profit community service organisation that supports around 13,600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – approximately seven percent of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population – living in the greater Brisbane, Moreton Bay and South East Regions. Kurbingui has a solid footprint throughout these regions, which began in 2001 with the delivery of various community services covering areas such as employment and training, family support, domestic and family violence, alcohol and substance abuse, cultural education and engagement programs, education support for families and children from preschool to tertiary, recreation and sports, early years, youth, women’s and men’s programs and cultural group activities, and health and nutrition.

Yeaca Dhargo Family Wellbeing Service – Brisbane North

The service model is centred around the Family Led Decision Making (FLDM) Framework which focuses on the family’s story, knowledge, expertise and vision to develop a single case plan. Our team comprises staff with expertise across youth justice, mental health, domestic and family violence, group engagement, FLDM, child protection and early childhood to allow the broad range of family needs to be addressed and supported.

The service response centres on a genuine family-led decision-making process involving family, Elders and community (where appropriate) to set the path for positive outcomes. The model appropriately steps families up or down through levels of intervention across the continuum of tertiary to universal family support and acknowledges the important role of community Elders and other support services to nurture and heal families. The service utilises strong existing partnerships and referral pathways with services and support networks across the catchment.

The Role

The primary purpose of the Youth Support Practitioner is to provide quality culturally appropriate professional case management and case work to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander young people and their families. This is achieved through offering support, facilitating practical intervention and prevention techniques and strategies from a cultural strength-based and family-led decision-making approach that enhances an individual’s capacity and empowers families to sustain positive changes with their parenting and overall relationships.

The role focuses on early intervention, prevention and education within the family unit. It is envisioned that the role will refer young people within the families they are working with that are involved in the youth justice systems to Kurbingui’s youth justice support practitioners to focus specifically on that area and work collaboratively with them.

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • Qualifications and/or equal professional experience in psychology, social work, community services, youth work, early childhood with a focus on child protection
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Current Drivers Licence (QLD)
  • A current positive notice in the Working with Children Check (Blue Card), undergo and police check and any other legislatively required personal history screening as required
  • Ability to develop and demonstrate constructive working relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, parents and families as well as other community members
  • Ability to liaise and work collaboratively with relevant Government and non-Government organisations
  • Sound knowledge of the youth justice system and the community service sector, specific and suitable to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander families
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills and experience in family-led decision-making framework
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, organise and coordinate own workload with colleagues within the service
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement case plans
  • Demonstrated ability to provide information, referral pathways and advice to families specific to their circumstances that is sound, accountable and accepted
  • Demonstrated knowledge of culturally appropriate strength-based approach within a family support context
  • Effective communication skills – written, verbal and interpersonal
  • Demonstrated competence in use of business technology, internet and desktop applications. For example, MS Outlook, Word, Excel spreadsheets and database packages

Selection Criteria:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies and their cultures, and a general understanding of the issues that are affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in contemporary Australian society.
  2. Highly developed interpersonal, written, and verbal communication, consultation, negotiation and liaison skills (especially in relation to Indigenous families and communities) including the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  3. Demonstrated experience in working effectively with young people and their families, and external sources/agencies.
  4. Desirable – demonstrated understanding, or exposure to, child protection in Queensland including the significance of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles, relevant legislation, policies and practices in relation to the role of support workers.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team in the delivery and support of early intervention.
  6. Demonstrated time management skills, with ability to balance and prioritise various client engagement, administrative and reporting requirements including use of various databases.
  7. Willing and able to work within a cultural competent context and Kurbingui Youth Development’s mission, vision and values.
  8. Additionally, please outline your exposure, expertise and/or skills in EACH of the following areas (in any industry):
  • Youth Work
  • Mental Health
  • Domestic and Family Violence
  • Group Engagement
  • FLDM (Family-Led Decision-Making)
  • Child Protection
  • Early Childhood

Based in Zillmere, we offer a competitive remuneration package in line with the ‘Fisher’ & ‘316 Regulation’ pay scale and other conditions in line with the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010.

Address your application to Debbie Fletcher, Team Leader – Yeaca Dhargo Family Wellbeing, Kurbingui Youth Development. Applications must include a resume and a two to three-page cover letter that includes a response to the Key Selection Criteria as listed above and/or can be located in the position description.

Applications that do not include a cover letter with the responses to the Key Selection Criteria will not be accepted. To request a copy of the position description please email Kath Doherty on

Employment is conditional upon maintaining a clear personal history screening checks prior to and throughout employment.

Interviews will be held as soon as possible.

The application form will include these questions:

  • Do you have a current Working with Children (WWC) Check?
  • Do you have a current Australian driver’s licence?
  • Do you have experience working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island communities?
  • Do you have experience in a community outreach environment?
  • Do you have experience working with young people with complex needs?

To apply for this job email your details to

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