HIPPY Home Tutor

Hours: Casual, hours as required

Location: North Melbourne

Applications close: Friday 15 December 2017 at 5pm

An exciting opportunity exists for HIPPY Home Tutors who will meet with parents/carers to enable them to better support their children in foundation literacy skills and in preparation for a successful start to school life.

Summary of program and its objectives:

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is an early childhood enrichment and parenting program that works with parents/carers of young children. Through regular home visiting and group activities, parents/carers are provided with the materials, skills and confidence to enable them to better support their children in foundation literacy skills and preparation for a successful start to school life.

Main responsibilities of the role:

We are seeking to employ new Home Tutors for the Dallas/Broadmeadows program to work with parents enrolled in the program during 2018 and 2019. This position is open to parents/carers who will be enrolled in the HIPPY Dallas/Broadmeadows program with their own child in 2018/19, or have participated in the program in the previous 12 months. The role will involve meeting regularly with other parents/carers who are participating in the program, to support them to use simple activities/ materials with their children, and to share common learning experiences.

To meet the selection criteria, candidates will require:

  • enrolment in and commitment to the HIPPY program with own child, or with a child you have regular contact with, during the two years (approx.) of the program or, have been enrolled and participated in the program during the previous 12 months
  • interest and enthusiasm in supporting other families with the ability to utilise a positive and encouraging approach, and to work flexibly
  • well-developed interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to build effective relationships and liaise across all levels both internally, externally and with people from diverse backgrounds
  • ability to identify problems and participate in effectively resolving these, as required
  • well-developed organisational and time management skills with the ability to plan workload, prioritise and meet deadlines
  • basic literacy in English, including reading and writing
  • understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.


  • second language shared by families in the HIPPY program
  • qualification in Community Services or other relevant field
  • current Victorian Drivers Licence and access to a reliable car.

Other requirements:
Access to reliable child care for your children during HIPPY working hours. Ability to work on Tuesdays (from 9:15am), Wednesday (from 9:30am) and at least one other weekday during school term weeks. There will be 4–5 days of training (9:30am – 3pm) in the first two weeks of employment.

This is a casual position with hours as required. Salary will be in the range of $24.56 - $26.79 per hour plus 25% casual loading, based on skills and experience. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay.

To learn more, view the HIPPY Home Tutor position description or phone Mary D’Agostino or Salma Ibrahim on (03) 9320 4723.

To apply

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

Email written applications to: recruitment(at)bsl.org.au

Applications Close: Friday 15 December 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)bsl.org.au 
  • 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)bsl.org.au 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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