December 20, 2017

Residential Youth Worker APS 3 – Biala Student Hostel, Sydney

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Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL) provides safe, comfortable, culturally appropriate and affordable hostel accommodation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who must live away from home; enabling access to education, employment, health and other essential services.

Secondary education hostels provide accommodation for secondary students which is close to educational facilities.  This affordable accommodation assists students to attend school and achieve their education goals, including their Year 12 Certificate. Students will enjoy the opportunity to study in a safe, comfortable environment with access to study assistance, sporting facilities and organised outings.

Biala means understanding.  The hostel was owned and was officially opened on the 23rd August 1975 however was managed by the Aboriginal Children’s Advancement Society Ltd (ACAS) as a Community Support Hostel.  In 1977 the hostel was transferred over to AHL. This hostel provides boarding accommodation for Indigenous girls attending MacKellar High School or other high schools in Manly Vale, Sydney.  Hostel is within 2 km from the shopping centre, bus transport, high schools and the hospital.

Vacancy Details

Job Title Residential Youth Worker
Classification APS 3
Job Type Ongoing or Non-ongoing, Full-time
Salary $56,454 – $59,908 per annum plus superannuation
Location Sydney, NSW
Closing Date Wednesday 10 January 2018
Contact Officer Nick Fabriziani 0407 216 726


The successful candidate will be required to commence in the role before Term 1 starts on 29 January 2018.  The actual commencement date will be negotiated around 25 January 2018.

A diverse and inclusive workplace, AHL offers great employment conditions including attractive remuneration packages, superannuation, salary sacrifice options and an opportunity for training and career advancement. AHL Salary Packaging Program includes a benefit of up to $15,900 per FBT year for mortgage, rent or living expenses, allowing staff to further reduce their tax payments, providing more net pay. Accommodation in the hostel complex will be provided free of charge to the successful candidate

The Position

AHL is currently recruiting enthusiastic candidates for Residential Youth Worker – a challenging role where you can make a difference. This position will require shift work as the hostel is operational on the 24/7 basis. To be successful in this challenging role you will need to be hard working, have boundless energy and show empathy, patience and respect for the people you work with (young people, staff and management).

The Residential Youth Worker will assist the Senior Residential Youth Worker and the Head of Boarding in delivery of outcomes against the following student support, engagement and educational outcome elements of the operating model:

  • Community Engagement – with community members and families of potential students in NSW and surrounding communities, open days, school and community interagency meetings.
  • Student Support Services – through a holistic pastoral care program designed to manage student routines and develop a variety of life skills, including: culturally appropriate after school hours recreation program, homework program focusing on basic literacy, sporting activities, computer skills, living skills, excursions and bush camps.
  • Child health checks – general medical, dental and hearing tests will be arranged.
  • School attendance – efforts will continue to ensure this successful outcome is maintained.
Duties and Responsibilities
General Under the direction of the Senior Residential Youth Worker and Head of Boarding, Residential Youth Worker will assist in in the management of the day-to-day operations of the facility, maintain existing and establish new working relationships with an expanded scope to improve outcomes for Indigenous students and community.
  • Assist and encourage students with routine school activities, including class preparation and attendance, homework and studies.
  • Engage with students through group work and culturally appropriate recreational activities. Assist to develop educational and cultural support initiatives, including mentoring and leisure activities that foster well-being and independence for students.
  • Work collaboratively with the House Parent team and other hostel staff to provide one-on-one support to students, ensuring their personal and educational development. Contribute new ideas and identify opportunities to improve the boarding experience for students.
  • Contribute to student’s individual care plans, and identify opportunities for development of skills or additional support.
  • Promote and safeguard the safety and welfare of students, adhering to AHL’s child protection policy at all times.
  • Be responsible for administrative tasks including student applications, ABStudy support and student appointments (i.e. medical, academic).
  • Oversee general housekeeping and residential support for boarding students. Complete allocated tasks as directed by the Senior House Parents and Head of Boarding.
  • Participate in strategic planning and decision-making concerning business improvements for Secondary Education.
  • Where required, assist with general domestic duties, housekeeping, cooking or kitchen-hand assistance to assure the effective and efficient operations of the hostel at all times.
  • Perform the duties of the First Aid Officer, Harassment Contact Officer and Fire Warden as required.
  • Keep informed of local community, education and employment activities and issues, to identify key priorities and challenges for students.
  • Develop good rapport with local communities to offer supportive social and cultural connections for students.
  • Build rapport, foster and maintain relationships with school community.
  • Assist to resolve moderately complex issues to assure a positive boarding environment and community for students.
Position Specifics Extensive out of hours work will be required, including on-call emergency contact.
NOTE All AHL facilities are non-smoking and zero tolerance of alcohol – this includes staff accommodation.

Whilst this duty statement summarises the purpose of the job and lists its key tasks, it is not a definitive list of all the tasks to be undertaken. Tasks can vary at the discretion of the Chief Executive Officer, in consultation with the employee. To deliver services effectively, a degree of flexibility is needed and the employee may be required to perform work not specifically referred to above.

Selection Criteria – Skills and Experience Required
All applicants will be assessed in relation to their ability to perform in accordance with the APS Values and Code of Conduct, the social justice principles of equity and workplace diversity, and occupational health and safety in the workplace.
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
1 Commitment to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This commitment will be shown by your capacity to:

  • Understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures
  • Identify issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today
  • Communicate respectfully.
2 Proven capacity to assist the development and delivery of programs for Secondary Education students within a boarding environment.
3 A demonstrated ability to guide and support routine student assessment, coursework and homework.
4 A demonstrated ability to work under general direction, as a member of a dynamic team, and deliver quality support in a boarding environment.
5 Knowledge and understanding of engagement, attendance and learning initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, in particular, for students living in a boarding environment away from community.
6 A demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively and the ability to relate positively with educators, students and community.


  • Current Senior First Aid Certificate or willingness to obtain one
  • Current Bus Licence for light-rigid vehicles (up to 25 seats) or willingness to obtain one
  • Certificate IV in Youth Work (Residential) or equivalent – highly desirable
  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate – highly desirable


To be eligible for employment with AHL, applicants must meet AHL’s requirements for the following conditions:

  • Hold Australian citizenship
  • Obtain a Working with Children Clearance (or equivalent)
  • Satisfactory National Criminal History Check
  • Satisfactory Medical Assessment
  • Satisfactorily complete a Probation period.

This is an Identified Position and Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply, as well as non-Indigenous applicants with a demonstrated commitment to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  The successful applicant will need to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the position. For more information see:

How to Apply

How to Apply – your application must include:

  • a completed Application Form
  • an up-to-date resume.

 Please submit your application to by Wednesday 10 January 2018.

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