Senior Local Area Coordinator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Participation

Hours: Full time, 38 hours per week

Location: Subject to negotiation, with options to be based at 1 of 12 LAC offices in the North East, Hume Moreland or Bayside Peninsula areas

Applications close: Thursday, 21 June 2018 at 5pm 

An exciting opportunity exists for a Senior Local Area Coordinator to assist people with disability to advocate, plan, organise and access the support and services needed to live an ordinary life.

Summary of program and its objectives

The Brotherhood of St Laurence drives change that promotes a compassionate and fair society where everyone has a sense of belonging. The Brotherhood of St Laurence is a Partner in the Community to deliver Local Area Coordination (LAC) services as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in North East Melbourne Area, Hume Moreland and Bayside Peninsula. LAC is pivotal in providing planning coordination and capacity building support for people with disability to maximise their choice and control over the services they receive. LAC also supports people with disability to access mainstream services and to increase our community’s capacity to be accessible to be supportive of people with disability.

Main responsibilities of the role

The Senior Local Area Coordinator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Participation, assists people with disability to advocate, plan, organise and access the support and services needed to live an ordinary life.

This includes helping people who meet NDIS access requirements to establish a funded plan with reasonable and necessary supports, and supporting members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to be aware of and participate in the opportunities provided by the scheme. It also involves   building relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander controlled organisations, building community capacity to be inclusinve and supportive of people with disability, assisting people with disability to access mainstream services regardless of NDIS eligibility, and supporting the LAC team to connect and work effectively with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

As a team leader and expert advisor, the Senior Local Area Coordinator is a subject matter expert in one or more areas of disability, and mentors Local Area Coordinators to ensure that high quality services are delivered. 

To meet the selection criteria, candidate will require:

  • networks within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • relevant qualifications in allied health, disability services, education, human services, community development, social work or other qualification in line with the responsibilities of the position
  • professional experience in community services role
  • demonstrated ability and commitment to helping people attain their goals
  • experience with highly accountable processes that are subject to external review
  • proven interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills with the ability to build effective relationships and liaise across all levels both internally, externally and with people from diverse backgrounds
  • proven ability to work as part of a team
  • well-developed organisational and time management skills with the ability to prioritise and manage workload effectively
  • demonstrated ability to identify and resolve problems and make appropriate recommendations
  • understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood and the scheme.


  • experience in customer facing environments that support or provide services to the community.

The position is full time at 38 hours per week. Salary will be between $79,170 to $83,230 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 Senior Local Area Coordinator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Participation position description (PDF, 331kb) or phone Lucy Norvill on 0490 440 567.

To apply

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

Email written applications to: recruitment(at)

Applications Close: Thursday, 21 June 2018 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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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.