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The Role 

The position is a combination of direct work and engagement with Young People from Refugee  Backgrounds and support for school systems. The position is funded by the NSW Government Regional  Youth Hubs program. 

Position No: 1073-C 

Enquiries: Jo McGregor; Rural and Regional Team Leader – Community Development on:  0477 342 627

Work Type: Full-time; 38 hours per week. Contract up to 30 June 2025 (Continuation subject to ongoing funding) 

Location: Coffs Harbour NSW 

Salary: Health Education Officer, or other relevant classification based on qualifications, experience  and requirements of the role under the NSW Health Awards. A generous salary packaging  scheme is also offered to reduce the taxable income and increase the take home pay. 

A generous relocation package will also be included.


Applications CloseJuly 17, 2023
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Job CategoryCommunity Development, Psychology & Counselling, Social Work
Job FieldCommunity, Family, Children and Youth, Health, Mental Health and Counselling
Employment BasisContract, Full Time
LocationNorthern Rivers NSW

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Essential Criteria

  1. Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline such as youth work, community development, health or  the social sciences or significant experience in the area. 
  2. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in working with children and young people from refugee  background and understanding of the effect of Torture and Trauma and its impact on resettlement in  Australia. 
  3. Bi-lingual in a community language relevant to newly arrived refugee communities living in NSW. 
  4. A clear understanding of the issues confronting vulnerable young people from refugee backgrounds  and the impact on families. 
  5. Knowledge, understanding, and capacity to collaborate with youth and welfare services, networks  and resources, and ability to access those relevant to the areas of individuals and family needs. 
  6. Skills and experience in Group Work and ability to liaise with the wider school community to organise  and participate in youth focused activities and support school teachers, counsellors and the wider  sector. 
  7. Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team within a multicultural  environment, and to provide consultancy and mentoring to other staff engaged in youth related  projects.
  8. Well-developed oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to  communicate and creatively with individuals and families and proficiency in the use of Microsoft  Office.
  9. Current NSW Driver’s Licence

*This position is considered child-related employment and will require a Working with Children Background  Check and a National Police Check. 


*In line with NSW Health & STARTTS Policies, all STARTTS workers are considered Health Workers and are required to  be vaccinated against COVID-19. In order to be eligible for consideration for employment with STARTTS, all recruits  must provide evidence of three vaccinations against COVID-19, or alternatively provide a Medical Contraindication in  the approved form which complies with the requirements of NSW Health & STARTTS Policies, prior to appointment.  Should you not be able to comply before your commencement date, the offer of employment may be withdrawn.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Demonstrated experience in the development and delivery of training programs and/or understanding  of adult education principles. 
  2. Light Rigid (LR) Licence or willingness to obtain one. 

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please ensure you address the selection criteria as thoroughly as  possible.

  1. Fill out the STARTTS Application for Employment Form
  2. Write a Statement Against the Selection Criteria outlining how you meet the selection criteria (see the guide How to apply for a job at STARTTS)
  3. Submit an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  4. Provide copies of relevant Qualifications if applicable (overseas qualification must be assessed by an  appropriate Australian body to be considered)
  5. Statements of Service from previous relevant roles (if applicable, please ask us for a sample)
  6. A cover letter is optional.
  7. Email your applications to:

Closing date: Monday 17 July 2023 

NB: Depending on the role, if appointed, you may need a current ‘NSW Working With Children Check’ clearance, follow this  link for information on how to apply of your check:


Do you want to work in one of Australia’s leading organisations providing treatment and rehabilitation to  torture and trauma survivors; that’s quality focused, diverse & committed to making a difference in the lives  of vulnerable people in communities?  

Come & join us! 

The Organisation 

"STARTTS is a not-for-profit Affiliated Health Organisation focused on providing a broad range of services to  refugees in NSW. The focus of STARTTS approach is on building capacity and empowering people and  communities to take control over their own lives, using a strengths-based approach and building on  individual, family, community and cultural strengths."

ContactJo McGregor; Rural and Regional Team Leader – Community Development
Phone number 0477 342 627