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Job vacancies at Social Futures

Job vacancies at Social Futures

Social Futures is looking to fill the following positions –

Program Worker – Youth

  • Full Time Fixed Term Opportunity until 30.06.2022
  • SCHCADS Level 4.1 plus Generous Salary Packaging Options
  • Located in Lismore

Are you interested in working within a multidisciplinary team providing holistic support to young people with a focus on mental health? headspace Lismore currently has vacancy for a Program Worker Youth – Intake and Reception Support at the Lismore Centre.


Program Worker – Assertive Outreach

  • Full-Time Fixed Term Opportunity
  • up to SCHCADS Level 5 (dependent on experience) Generous salary packaging.
  • Located in the Lovely Tweed Heads

We have an exciting opportunity in Tweed Heads for an Assertive Outreach Program Worker to work within our homelessness service, Connecting Home. The Connecting Home program assists those experiencing homelessness, or at risk thereof to identify and access sustainable housing outcomes, as well as appropriate supports, education and employment opportunities. Specifically, this role will work within our Assertive Outreach team, assisting rough-sleeper clients, to amongst other things transition into and sustain housing outcomes.


Program Worker – Homelessness

  • Part-Time Position of 45 Hours per Fortnight
  • SCHCADS Level 5 Plus Generous Salary Packaging Options
  • Location: Lismore

We have an exciting opportunity for a Program Worker to join our homelessness service, Connecting Home, with our Lismore team! To be successful, you will work collaboratively with key stakeholders, service providers and participants to empower them and develop their capacity and resources for positive change.


Program Worker – Youth Access

  • Part Time Fixed Term to 30 June 2022 (60 hours per f/n)
  • SCHCADS Level 4 plus Generous Salary Packaging Options
  • Located in Lismore

We have a great opportunity for an Youth Access Worker within our headspace program Lismore. This rewarding role entails effective engagement, screening and providing timely assessments. You will have previous experience arranging referrals to appropriate in-house services and pathways for young people to access focused health interventions.


Program Worker – StandBy

  • Multiple Part Time Positions Available
  • SCHCADS Level 4 plus generous salary packaging options
  • Locations: Central Coast, Moree, Upper New England

StandBy support after suicide service is a community-based postvention program developed in response to an identified need for a coordinated community response to assist families, friends and associates who have been bereaved or impacted through suicide, regardless of when or where the suicide occurred. It is an integrated response service utilising existing emergency and community support networks, resulting in bereaved people accessing the right support at the right time and place. Participation and cooperation with a wide range of agencies, essential.


Trial for Escaping Violence Payment begins

Trial for Escaping Violence Payment begins

The new Escaping Violence Payment (EVP) trial as announced in the 2021-22 Federal Budget has commenced. The service provider delivering this trial, UnitingCare Network, commenced operations on the EVP on Tuesday October 19 .

Financial insecurity is a key barrier to women leaving a violent relationship and a factor as to why women return to an abusive partner. To assist in removing this barrier, the EVP will enable eligible individuals leaving a family and domestic violence situation to access financial assistance to support them to establish a home free from violence.

The EVP will provide eligible women with up to $5,000 in financial assistance, which may include a cash payment of up to $1,500 and the remainder in goods and services. The assistance may be used pay for bills, bonds on a new rental property, relocation expenses, furnishings, school fees, white goods, counselling and legal services.

The EVP is available across Australia from the UnitingCare Network. Further information can be found at this link: www.unitingvictas.org.au/escaping-violence-payment

The Social Futures Emergency webpage features a list of resources useful to anyone impacted by domestic violence.

YFoundations new report: Young, in trouble and with nowhere to go

YFoundations new report: Young, in trouble and with nowhere to go

For this report, Yfoundations conducted 143 interviews with caseworkers, managers and leaders in the Youth Justice and SpeYfoundations would like to share our new research report with you, entitled Young, in trouble and with nowhere to go: Homeless adolescents’ pathways into and out of detention in NSW.

Read the report here

cialist Homelessness Services system. This research sheds light on the two-way relationship between adolescent homelessness and incarceration in our state.

It demonstrates that vulnerable young people are being held in detention every year in NSW, simply because they are homeless. And even when these vulnerable adolescents are released, the report shows that too many are exiting detention only to insecure accommodation and homelessness.

Register for our virtual launch panel

Join us for the virtual launch of the report on Tuesday 26 October at 11 am where Yfoundations’ Research and Policy Manager, Dr Elizabeth Watt will present the report’s main findings and recommendations.

We will also hear from three other panellists who will discuss their knowledge and experience of supporting young people who have come into contact with the youth justice and homelessness systems

Grafton Interagency Speed Networking – Family Separation

Grafton Interagency Speed Networking – Family Separation

There is a free Grafton Interagency Speed Networking Event.

Connecting professionals in the broader family law system aims to achieve the best outcomes for separating families and to improve coordination between organisations operating within the family law system. It will be held on Thursday November 18,  10am to 12pm 12:00 PM (UTC+11).

Online event access details will be provided by the event organiser. Click here for more information. 

Keep Our Mob Safe

Keep Our Mob Safe

As NSW reopens, travel restrictions are starting to ease. There will be more visitors to our communities. It’s important to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible to protect yourself, your family, friends and community. COVID-19 vaccinations are available from your GP, pharmacy, NSW Health clinic or Aboriginal Medical Service. To book your vaccination, visit nsw.gov.au

Second vaccine dose

If you’ve had your first vaccination dose, don’ t forget about your second! Two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine reduce your chances of hospitalisation, ICU admission or death by around 90%. You can talk to your doctor, hospital, medical service or health worker for information about your second vaccination dose. If you’re unsure about your booking, or to make a booking, you can call 1800 020 080 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, visit nsw.gov.au

Proof of vaccination

Get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination ready to show at venues where it’s required. Find out how at nsw.gov.au


With NSW reopening, you can gather again if you’re fully vaccinated. Keep gathering outdoors where possible. Up to 30 people are allowed (with a two-person limit for people are not fully vaccinated). Up to 10 visitors are allowed in your home at any one time (visitor limits don’t include children aged 12 and under). Remember, if you’re unwell please stay home and don’t attend any gatherings. Get tested immediately if you have any symptoms and self-isolate until you receive a negative test result. For more information, visit nsw.gov.au


Want to travel to visit friends and family? With NSW reopening, fully vaccinated people in regional communities (not including Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Central Coast) can now travel to other regional communities. Travel for holidays and recreational visits, including day trips, to Greater Sydney is currently not allowed. If you are unvaccinated, you must not take a holiday outside the local government area you live in. For more information, visit nsw.gov.au


Want to travel to visit friends and family? With NSW reopening, fully vaccinated people within Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Blue Mountains) can now travel and holiday within the Greater Sydney region. Holidays to regional Local Government Areas are currently not allowed. Travel for holidays and recreational visits, including day trips, to regional LGAs is currently not allowed. If you are unvaccinated, you must not take a holiday outside the local government area you live in. For more information, visit nsw.gov.au

Sorry Business

It’s important to do Sorry Business safely and follow the COVID-19 health advice.

With NSW reopening, new rules apply.

  • Up to 100 fully vaccinated people are allowed to gather for Sorry Business.
  • For people who aren’t fully vaccinated up to 10 people can gather for Sorry Business.

Remember, please stay home and don’t attend any gatherings if you’re unwell. Get tested immediately if you have any symptoms and self-isolate until you receive a negative test result. For more information, visit nsw.gov.au

Know the rules

As NSW reopens, restrictions are easing for fully vaccinated people. Make sure you know the new rules on travel,  gatherings, masks and proof of vaccination. Although everyone is keen to get back to doing the things we love, it’s important to be careful and follow the health advice to help keep our mob safe. For more information, visit nsw.gov.au


As NSW starts to reopen, we need to keep our mob safe.

Regardless of your vaccination status, make sure you get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative test result if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. Always follow the NSW Health advice.

There are more than 500 COVID-19 testing clinics across NSW. Most test results come back within 48 hours. Find your nearest testing clinic at nsw.gov.au


With NSW reopening, wearing masks is important to help keep our mob safe. Masks are required for staff and customers in all indoor settings, outside of your home. This includes on public transport, planes and in airports (except children under the age of 12). Wearing masks is also encouraged when you are outdoors around others and can’t physically distance. For more information, visit nsw.gov.au

The easiest way to check in is to download the Service NSW app.Check in

As NSW starts to reopen, please keep checking in and out of venues each time. Checking in helps NSW contact tracers contact you if needed and will help keep our mob safe. For more information, visit nsw.gov.au

COVID safe behaviours

With NSW reopening, we need to stay COVID safe to help protect our Mob: Keep a safe distance, at least 2 big steps, from others you don’t live with. If you have even mild cold-like symptoms, get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative COVID-19 result. Get tested, regardless of your vaccination status and whether you have been tested before. Get vaccinated as soon as possible for COVID-19 to protect yourself, your family, friends and community. Wear a face mask when required and when you can’t physically distance. Wash your hands regularly, especially after you’ve touched frequently used surfaces. Don’t forget to stay home if unwell. Don’t attend any gatherings or have visitors to your home while you’re unwell. For more information, visit nsw.gov.au

NSW Health has lots of digitial resources on the Aboriginal Resources page.

You can find other general social media resources here:


Vacancies for Clinical Nurse Specialists  – Banora Point and South Grafton schools

Vacancies for Clinical Nurse Specialists – Banora Point and South Grafton schools

The Wellbeing and Health In-reach Nurse (WHIN) Coordinator CNS2 is responsible for facilitating identification of health, wellbeing and social needs and the coordination of appropriate early intervention, assessments, and referral to services for school-aged children and young people attending designated primary and secondary schools. The WHIN Coordinator works in identified local schools and applies their specialist clinical nursing knowledge, experience and skill in providing complex nursing care for school aged children and young people in these schools.

Providing leadership, utilising specialist skills, working with autonomy and independence in an interagency context. Coordinating access to services across multiple agencies, professions and groups.

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time (156 weeks)
Position Classification: Clinical Nurse Specialist Gde 2 (2 positions – Banora Point & South Grafton)
Remuneration: $52.00 – $53.71 per hour
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ261407

All NSW Health workers are required to have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by 30 November 2021 or have an approved medical contraindication certificate. You will be required to provide a record of your COVID-19 vaccination status if successful.

Why you should consider applying

We can offer you:

  • Diverse career pathways
  • Professional and personal development
  • Help with further study and education
  • Flexible and supportive work environment
  • Opportunities to start or build a career, or re-enter the workforce
  • Challenging, inspiring and rewarding roles, and
  • The opportunity to make a difference!

Tired of big cities? Want to start your days sitting on your deck in the sun, enjoying a cup of coffee and listening to the birds? Or would you rather have a surf or a walk along the sand before work? Wonderful beaches, world heritage-listed national parks, hinterland villages, great food and fine wine, excellent private and public schools, warm and friendly staff are all waiting for you on the North Coast.

Where you’ll be working

Northern NSW Local Health District embraces the diverse skills and perspectives that our people bring to the workplace. We foster inclusiveness and diversity to help us deliver quality care to our community.

NNSWLHD is committed to reconciliation and strongly encourages Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to apply for this position. All applications from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people will be viewed most favourably.  For help with your application to this role visit Stepping Up, our online recruitment resource for Aboriginal people.

Please note, to apply for this position you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or be able to independently, legally live and work in Australia.  For more information please see www.border.gov.au

A current valid NSW Working With Children Check is a requirement of this position. Visit https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/ for more information.

Evidence of qualifications are required for this position, please upload your qualifications as an attachment to your application.

The successful applicant may be subject to a probationary period of three months from the date of appointment to this position.

Selection criteria

  1. Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia with a postgraduate qualification related to the specialty area of child and family health, or paediatrics, or adolescent / youth health nursing practice or other related and at least 3 years’ experience in an area of Child and Adolescent Health.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of and experience working with children and young people, including marginalised and at-risk groups, as well as health promotion, prevention and early intervention approaches and evidence-based practice.
  3. Demonstrated capacity to engage with children, young people and their families to address various health and mental health problems for children and young people and effectively liaise with multidisciplinary health and social services involved in their care.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work within an interagency context, with an emphasis on relationship building, service delivery, quality of care and team cohesion, and an ability to identify and improve opportunities to enhance integration of care for children, young people and families.
  5. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in the provision and development of clinical practice by utilisation of evidence-based research with a demonstrated understanding of current NSW Ministry of Health Policies and National and State Standards in relation to children and young people.
  6. Capacity to collaborate with and influence health and other professionals and identify opportunities to enhance integration of care as well as demonstrated ability to negotiate and problem solve.
  7. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including advanced verbal and written skills forms and advanced skills in using electronic communication modes and record systems.
  8. Valid unrestricted drivers licence for use in NSW/Australia and willingness to travel in the course of employment.

Need more information?
1) Click here for the Position Description
2) Find out more about applying for this position
For role related queries or questions contact Elham Saberi on [email protected]

Applications Close: 18 October 2021


Job vacancies at Social Futures

Job vacancy at Social Futures

Social Futures is seeking a Post Suicide Support Lived Experience Worker

  • Full time – 38 hours per week
  • SCHCADS Level 4 Plus Generous Salary Packaging Options
  • Location – Dubbo

This is an exciting time to join the Social Futures team in our StandBy program which we are expanding. Working in partnership with StandBy National, this innovative lived experience position will shape a new suicide postvention peer workforce in NSW, offering peer-to-peer support to people bereaved or impacted by suicide. They will provide lived experience expertise across a range of activities as a valued part of the Social Futures StandBy team and Post Suicide Support consortium.


COVID’s scorched economic path revealed

COVID’s scorched economic path revealed

New research by the ACOSS/UNSW Sydney Poverty and Inequality Partnership reveals the deepest, most enduring economic damage of the COVID pandemic has been felt in lower income areas, like outer north-west and south-east Melbourne, west and south-west Sydney, northern Adelaide, far North Queensland and regions between Brisbane and the NSW border. These areas are also impacted by cuts to economic supports in 2021.

The report shows that, between September 2019 and October 2020, people needing to rely on income support, who became eligible for the Coronavirus Supplement, increased by a dramatic 70%, peaking in the 2020 First Wave of the Pandemic. The Coronavirus Supplement was a vital additional payment supporting this dramatic rise in people hit by unemployment.

The report also shows that, following the Second Wave, by September 2021, the overall number of people on these income support base payments due to unemployment is still much higher than pre-Pandemic, by a full 27%. Yet, the vast majority of these people have not had access to any additional supports like the COVID Disaster Payments, due to much tighter eligibility.

And, as the maps available at https://povertyandinequality.acoss.org.au/covid_maps/ reveal, it is the lower income regions before the Pandemic that have also seen most dramatic increases in need to rely on income support, both in 2020, and again in 2021. The lower income areas have been hit hardest and repeatedly by the impacts of the Pandemic, and now are suffering the most from loss of paid work.

With the latest decision to end the COVID Disaster Payments regardless of the employment situation people in areas of highest financial need will be locked into poverty unless income support payments like Jobseeker are increased

The report shows that robust COVID income support lifted many people out of paid work out of poverty. This was especially due to the $750pw Jobkeeper Payment and $275pw Coronavirus Supplement which together reached 44% of the workforce, and which meant that the number of people in poverty fell from 3 million (11.5%) before the pandemic to 2.6 million (9.9%) in June 2020.

However, more stringent support in 2021 puts those whose jobs and incomes were most deeply impacted by the Delta variant on a treacherous road to financial recovery. Both Jobkeeper and the Coronavirus Supplement were abolished in April 2021. The current COVID Disaster Payment ($750 per week) is restricted to people who lost paid work in a current lockdown. The Government has now announced its intention to even abolish Disaster Payments once overall vaccination rates reach 80%, even if further lockdowns occur or employment does not recover.

“This research paints a dire picture for those people and communities who have been left with inadequate support in 2021,” said Dr Cassandra Goldie, ACOSS CEO. “Unless we improve support now, income and social divides will fester across our major cities and outer urban areas.

“In 2020, we showed we could respond to adversity with cooperation, by providing economic security to the vast majority. Last year average incomes actually rose, despite the deepest recession in almost a century.

“But this year is a starkly different story. COVID has left a scorched economic path particularly in areas that were more disadvantaged pre-Pandemic. In so many communities, we are leaving people behind. In 2021, the Disaster Payments left gaping holes. Those who lost employment or paid hours a week before or after a lockdown have received nothing beyond the existing grossly inadequate income support payments, such as the $45 a day Jobseeker Payment.”

Professor Carla Treloar, Director of the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW Sydney said: “This new  research shows that the greatest overall increase in people relying on the lowest income support payments from September 2019 to September 2021 were in economically disadvantaged communities. These communities already faced high unemployment, as well as a myriad of other challenges. Let’s give them the chance to recover from the pandemic, rather than push them further into poverty.

“Just because someone has the bad luck to live or work in a community affected by another wave of lockdowns, they have been locked into poverty. Those people and families affected the most will find it incredibly difficult to reconstruct their lives.”

ACOSS recommends that the Government urgently fix the social security, social housing arrangements and employment help to protect people from financial distress and homelessness. The solutions include:

  • Immediately extend COVID Disaster Payments, not abolish them, in order to lift incomes for all people without paid work to at least $600 per week, including those in receipt of social security and those without any other income source at all.
  • Pass legislation lifting working age income support payments (JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, parenting payments and related income support) to the pension rate, which is just above the poverty line (at least $475pw for single people).
  • Index all income support payments twice a year to wage growth as well as prices.
  • Extend income support to all without adequate paid work, including temporary visas.
  • Increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 50%.
  • Provide supplementary payments for people with disability or illness, and single parents, recognising the additional costs they face.
  • Invest in social housing to address the critical shortfall of supply.
  • Introduce a flexible national employment support scheme to support jobs and wages for employers and workers directly or indirectly affected by lockdowns and border closures, which guarantees continued employment and payment of wages at least at COVID Disaster Payment levels.
Counsellor Position – Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre

Counsellor Position – Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre

The Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre (LWHRC) is seeking an experienced Counsellor to provide a quality, short to medium term, therapeutic counselling service for women impacted by complex trauma.

The Counsellor is required to use a trauma informed, strengths based and client centred model of care to facilitate the inclusion of women in their own health and wellbeing, particularly those who are marginalised and disadvantaged.

This is a SCHADS Award Level 5 permanent part-time position (21 hours per week), with the pay point to be negotiated depending on qualifications and experience.

The LWHRC considers being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification for this position under s31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

Download a copy of the information package and position description.

Counsellor Position – Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre

Position vacancy: Women’s Health Nurse

Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre is seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced women for the position of Women’s Health Nurse.
About Lismore Women’s Health and Resource Centre (LWHRC)
LWHRC has been providing health services to improve the lives of women in the Lismore area for over 30 years. The Centre provides integrated health care, counselling and health education across the Lismore region, and has a specialist state-wide counselling service.
The Centre is focused on providing trauma-informed, affordable services that are sensitive to the needs of women with complex health and well-being issues or who are recovering from violence. The Centre’s purpose is to improve the health of women experiencing disadvantage and at risk of poorer health outcomes by utilising a feminist perspective and partnership approach.
We are an incorporated Association and registered with Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) as a charity with Public Benevolent Status.
About the role
LWHRC is seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced applicants for the position of Generalist Nurse, 14 hours per week on a 12-month contract.
The Nurse will:
• Provide informed health advice, information, referrals and education services to women throughout their lifespan using specialist women’s health knowledge and skills
• Use a trauma informed, strengths based and client centred model of care, facilitate the inclusion of women in their own health and wellbeing and inform, support and advocate for marginalised and disadvantaged women
• Contribute to health promotion through facilitating group programs and by participating in appropriate community projects.
All work is undertaken in accordance with Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Services Inc. philosophy, policies and procedures and relevant legislation.
Salary and Conditions
Classification is Nurses Award, Registered Nurse Level 3, pay point to be negotiated depending on qualifications and experience.
Selection Criteria
1. Professional registration as a Nurse and experience providing a women’s health nursing service
2. Demonstrated commitment to feminist principles and the ability to translate these to the delivery of women’s health and wellbeing services
3. Experience in the community services or health sector, including working with funding and partnership agreements to meet targets, and managing financial and physical resources
4. Experience in the design and presentation of health promotion programs and the ability to facilitate group processes
5. Well-developed written communication and interpersonal skills, including the capacity to produce written reports, respond to enquiries and resolve conflict
6. Demonstrated skills in developing and maintaining networks
7. Well-developed skills using computer software, including Microsoft Office suite and database applications
8. Commitment to EEO, WH&S & Quality Improvement
9. Working with Children’s Check.
How to apply
Please provide an expression of interest addressing the selection criteria and including a current resume.
Email application or request the position description by emailing: [email protected]
A Working with Children check will be undertaken on the preferred candidate.
NORWACS considers being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification for this position under s31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).
Expressions of interest close: 14 October 2021. Short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews week commencing 18th October. Commencement date will be as soon as possible.