December 20, 2017

Student Transition Support Manager – Kardu Darrikardu Numida Student Hostel, Wadeye

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Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL) provides safe, comfortable, culturally appropriate and affordable hostel accommodation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 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.

Wadeye is a small remote town situated on the western edge of the Daly River Reserve, about 230 km south-west of Darwin. The town was formerly known (and is still often referred to) as Port Keats. For approximately 8 months of the year during the wet season, the town of Wadeye and outer communities such as Palumpa and Peppiminarti, can only be accessed by air.

Kardu Darrikardu Numida Student Hostel

Nilinh Road, Wadeye NT 0822

Provides school-term accommodation in Wadeye for Indigenous secondary education students.  Adjacent to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Thamarrurr Catholic School.  The Hostel has 40 resident beds.

Vacancy Details

Job Title Student Transition Support Manager
Classification Executive Level 1
Job Type Non-ongoing, Full-time Position available until 31 December 2018 with a possibility of extension
Salary $96,794 – $99,941 per annum plus superannuation
Location Wadeye, Northern Territory
Closing Date Wednesday 10 January 2018
Contact Officer Richard Thomson 0437 662 829


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.

What We Offer

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.  In addition, return air travel expenses to and from Wadeye will be provided during term breaks.

The Position

The Transition Support program is a major initiative of AHL’s funding agreement with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to operate the Kardu Darrikardu Numida Student Hostel in Wadeye.

This new program supports and links with the Northern Territory Government’s Transition Support Unit, which is responsible for the provision of support services for remote Indigenous students and their families with educational options and transition to secondary school pathways. Transition Support Teams operate across the Territory to support students and parents with the transition to secondary schooling in urban and regional schools.

The Transition Support Manager provides leadership and guidance to achieve optimal educational outcomes and support for students, their parents and school communities in the transition to secondary boarding schools and residential facilities away from the Wadeye community.

The Transition Support Manager will be accountable for the implementation of program support to meet the needs of remote students preparing for transition to secondary schools within the Territory, as well as interstate.

Role Description

  1. Provide students, families and community stakeholders with information relative to pathway planning for school programs and entrance requirements/boarding school requirements/applications/Abstudy
  2. Clarify and communicate specific service provision requirements of students transitioning to boarding
  3. Prepare, maintain and manage Transition Plans based on secondary school destination
  4. Provide regular feedback to the school on the progress and status of Transition Planning with all students
  5. Maintain professionalism in relation to the APS Values and Code of Conduct
  6. Maintain appropriate student records
  7. Collaborate with local and interstate stakeholders
  8. Refer to and collaborate on solutions when a student disengages.
Duties and Responsibilities
1 Under the direction of General Manager, Frontline Services, Student Transition Support Manager will lead the delivery of support to students, parents and local schools in Wadeye in relation to preparation for transition to secondary schooling environments that includes boarding away from community.
2 Facilitate student identification at school level along with key school staff.
3 Lead positive communication with schools, parents and students on the transition process and pathway choices.
4 Implement transition programs to meet the needs of Wadeye students transitioning to secondary boarding school environments.
5 Provide professional support, including career development and transition planning.
6 Facilitate workshops on a regular basis with community members and parents to share information on boarding processes.
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.

Skills and Experience
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 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 Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds and maintain effective relationships in cross cultural contexts, in particular remote and very remote communities in the NT.
3 Demonstrated knowledge of career development principles, pathways and transition planning, to assist students make informed decisions when selecting secondary pathways and residential options.
4 Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Indigenous societies, practices and cultures, in particular remote and very remote communities in NT.
5 Knowledge of and experience in the provision of assistance to students and families making transitions to boarding school environments.
6 Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the secondary education context, particularly dealing with the complexities of student transitions to secondary schools from remote and very remote communities.
Qualifications Desirable

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications
  • Experience in teaching Indigenous secondary students.


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 which includes a maximum two-page statement of claims, and
  • an up-to-date resume.

Please submit your application to by 10 January 2018.

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