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Aboriginal Hostels Limited
Position Level: 
APS Level 5
$71,425 to $75,833
Wadeye NT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
24 January 2021
To event remaining 6 days

Our Secondary Education Hostels are dedicated to providing a Home Away from Home for young indigenous Australians (aged 12-18 years) who are accepted into partner schools (grades 7 - 12). Our commitment in our student hostels is to ensure that we provide a fair, honest and culturally respectful environment that values each student and their connection to country.

As Deputy Head of Boarding in Wadeye you will be critical in managing and supervising the day to day operations of the hostel to ensure appropriate pastoral care is provided to students. You will be a leader for the Residential Youth Workers and key contact for students, teachers, parents and stakeholders. You will have prior management experience and be able to manage staff matters as well as difficult student situations and behaviours.

Key duties

Hostel Operations:

  • Provide high quality pastoral care and support to all students
  • Lead initiatives to continually  improve Secondary Education outcomes 
  • Where required, assist with general housekeeping and food preparation duties.
  • Support the Head of Boarding as directed.

Staff Management:

  • Provide line management, support and leadership to Residential Youth Workers
  • Ensure that staff are provided with sufficient direction, support and instruction

Student Services:

  • Identify individual development opportunities for students and address barriers to achieving goals
  • Support the education of students including liaising with the school and ensuring daily homework support
  • Arrange and support students to participate in out of school activities
  • Promote and safeguard student pastoral care, ensuring National Minimum standards for boarding 
  • Promote and safeguard the safety and welfare of students, adhering to AHL’s child protection policy
  • Ensure all students are approved and maintain eligibility for ABSTUDY or funded by other sources
  • Have oversight of administrative tasks including student applications, student enrolments, ABSTUDY support and student appointments.

Professional Service and Community Engagement:

  • Facilitate productive working relationships with local providers, suppliers and AHL staff
  • Visit and engage with student communities and families to support attraction and retention of students 
  • Support Residential Youth Workers to effectively work with school teachers to ensure continuous improvement in a learning environment. 
  • Support regular communications with students’ parents/guardians
  • Resolve complex issues to ensure a positive, culturally appropriate experience and quality stay

WHS and Property Maintenance:

  • Perform all tasks in a manner which upholds AHL’s commitment to safety of its staff and residents by adhering to relevant WHS practices
  • Promptly report workplace hazards and WHS issues, including injury or illness, to their manager or Health and Safety Representative (HSR)
  • Report unsafe, hazardous or emergency situations using AHL’s Hazard & Incident Reporting
  • Appropriately use equipment or substances and report all property maintenance issues
  • Perform the duties of the First Aid Officer and Emergency Warden when on duty
  • Develop cooperative relationships with youth workers and teachers to ensure continuous improvement in a learning environment


You will require a:

  • Diploma in Boarding Residential Care or equivalent qualification and/or relevant experience
  • Valid Working With Children Check in the relevant state or ability to obtain prior to employment
  • Current Senior First Aid Certificate or willingness to obtain one
  • Current Bus License for light-rigid vehicles (up to 25 seats) or willingness to obtain one.

The following are highly desirable:

  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate.
  • Bronze Medallion 

Requirements for the role:

  • be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, and
  • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and
  • be accepted by your community as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • be an Australian citizen, 
  • hold (and maintain) a Working with Children Check in the relevant state, 
  • undergo a satisfactory National Criminal History Check, and
  • meet fitness for duty requirements.

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait people.

For more information: 
(02) 6212 2015
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