Hours: Part time at 12 hours per week (12 months contract)

Location: Carrum Downs and Frankston

Applications close: Friday, 24 November 2017 at 5pm

An exciting opportunity exists for enthusiastic and motivated Cook to join a team dedicated to making a real difference to the lives of older adults living in the Frankston and Carrum Downs area.

Summary of program and its objectives

The Retirement and Ageing division at the Brotherhood of St Laurence provides residential aged care, independent living accommodation for people on low incomes, in home care home based and day and respite services for older people and people with disabilities.

Day and Respite Programs of the division provides high quality flexible services that assist older people, people who have a disability and carers to access and participate in community life.  Priority is given to those who are socially isolated.

Main responsibilities of the role

The Cook is responsible for menu planning, preparing, cooking and serving nourishing, palatable and attractive meals for clients of Day and Respite Programs.  Working with the Program Coordinator, this position ensures that the food safety and kitchen hygiene complies with the legislative and Occupational Health and Safety requirements at all times.

To meet the selection criteria, candidate will require:

  • qualification in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) or other relevant qualification along with experience in a similar position
  • current Food Safety Supervisor certification
  • knowledge and experience with special dietary and nutritional requirements including medical conditions, allergies etc. of older people.
  • knowledge of legislative requirements including Occupational Health & Safety and Food Safety Standards.
  • proven ability to work with minimal supervision and as an effective team member to achieve objectives
  • well-developed organisational and time management skills to plan own workload and meet deadlines 
  • well-developed interpersonal skills to liaise effectively with internal and external stakeholders
  • understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood. 

The position is part time at 12 hours per week (12 months maximum term). Salary will be between $49,032 - $53,342 (pro rata) per annum, 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 Cook position description (PDF, 200kb) or phone Amira Ziada 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 November 2017 at 5pm

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. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

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