Community Support Worker

Hours: Two part-time positions, minimum 12 hours per week

Location: Carrum Downs

Applications close: Friday, 24 August 2018 at midnight 

An exciting opportunity exists for Community Support Workers to support and assist people with dementia, disabilities, socially isolated and older people to participate and engage in community life.

Summary of program and its objectives

Social Support and Respite Care offers a wide range of supports and services to assist people living with dementia, older people and older people with disabilities to identify, plan and access activities of choice according to their needs, dreams and aspirations as well as engage in community life. Services include respite care, centre based programs, In Home support, overnight stays, as well as a range of social support programs within the centre, home and community. 

Main responsibilities of the role

The Community Support Worker works as part of a team to support and assist people with dementia, disabilities, socially isolated and older people to participate and engage in community life. At the Brotherhood the first responsibilities of care are to enable consumers to flourish. Our model of service is based on the Enhancing Capabilities Approach which is to ensure that our clients live in a trusting environment that provides the opportunities and choices that enable them to live lives they have reason to value. 

To meet the selection criteria, candidate will require:

  • relevant qualification such as Certificate III in Individual support or Aged Care or equivalent
  • experience/training in working with/assisting older people, people with disabilities and/or dementia demonstrating sensitivity to the needs of people from different economic and diverse backgrounds
  • proven ability to work independently and as an effective team member to achieve objectives
  • well-developed interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of people across all levels both internally and externally
  • well-developed time management and organisational skills including the ability to plain workload, prioitise and meet deadlines
  • demonstrated knowledge and competency in Microsoft Office Programs including Word, Excel and Outlook
  • current Victorian Drivers License and an ability to drive a mini bus
  • understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.


  • experience in developing, organising, facilitating and evaluating inclusive community, recreation and leisure activities
  • hold a valid food handling certificate of willingness to obtain one within the first few month of employment.

There are two part time 12 month maximum term positions available working a minimum of 12 hours per week. Shifts will be allocated to both positions on a rotating roster and will predominately include 1:1 supports within the In Home Program and other program areas that provide 1:1 support. Other shifts will be available to cover unplanned leave and annual leave within all program areas. Successful candidates will need to be willing to work flexibly as per operational requirements.

Salary will be in the range of $50,231 - $54,807 per annum (pro rata), based on skills and experience plus superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay. 

For further information about the role please view the Community Support Worker position description (PDF, 218kb) or phone Amira Ziada (Carrum Downs) on (03) 9782 9322.

To apply

Applicants are required to submit a resume and complete the screening questionnaire »

Email written applications to: recruitment(at)

Applications Close: Friday, 24 August 2018 at midnight

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a vision of an Australia free of Poverty. We embrace, and value, diversity of culture, working arrangements, sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure our workforce is representative of the community that we work within. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include and welcome unique contributions of all people. We embrace and celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their skills and contribution to our organisation. Applicants should be aware that as required, we conduct police and working with children checks as we acknowledge the importance of Child Safety.

Application process

In making an application for a position at the Brotherhood all applicants must:

  • read the position description
  • provide a brief cover letter
  • complete the application process as specified in the vacancy. Failure to complete the application process as specified in the vacancy may result in rejection of your application.
  • provide a current resume outlining your work history, details of any relevant qualifications and licences and two referees, either current or most recent Manager.
  • recommended applicants will be required to undertake Psychometric testing. Further assessments may include skills testing and presentations.

Applicants not shortlisted for interview will be contacted as soon as practicably possible. 

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Police and Working With Children Checks

The Brotherhood works with children, youth and vulnerable people and requires all staff to undertake a Police Check and, where applicable, a Working with Children check, prior to commencement. A person's criminal history does not automatically exclude an individual from working or volunteering at the Brotherhood. Police Checks are administered and paid for by the Brotherhood. 

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Please note:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply
  • For more information or assistance with your application, please contact the Human Resources Team on (03) 9483 2444 or email: recruitment(at) 
  • The Brotherhood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you would like some more information about our recruitment process or require assistance with your application please contact our recruitment team at recruitment(at) or visit Jobs at the Brotherhood on our website.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
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The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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