VACANCY VIC - FULL TIME Foster Carer Social Worker

Location: Ref: KAVICMB7 - Melbourne, Victoria


* Application form is located below the following information *


Key Assets The Children's Services Provider

  • An evolving Out of Home Care service provider, Australia wide NGO
  • Committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive workforce, AWEI Employer of Choice for 2015 & 2016, AWEI Gold Employer Award for 2017 and finalist for the Australian HR Awards 2017
  • We provide therapeutic practice support to carers & their families and the vulnerable children and young people placed in their care
  • Support a caseload of foster carers and their families


Key Assets – The Children's Services Provider is a dynamic not-for-profit community service organisation providing high quality, innovative out of home family and community based placements for children and young people with varying needs and behaviours. Since 2007 our unique service has grown respect across 6 states within Australia and within the North and South Islands of New Zealand. 


We currently require a Foster Carer Social Worker (also locally known as a 'Key Worker'/ 'Case Worker') to join our friendly and inclusive team in our Melbourne office. 

About You

To be successful you will have a strong understanding and solid skills relating to out of home care (OOHC) and the foster care sector. You MUST also have a tertiary qualification in Social Work and it be recognised by AASW. The role will primarily be based within the community working with foster carers, managing the education of carers and maintaining the safety of the child or young person in care. Travel within and around your coverage area is an expectation of the role so flexibility and the ability to work unsupervised is an essential component.



  • Providing placement support to foster carers and supervising their practice to ensure the continued safety and placement stability of our children and young people in OOHC
  • Carry out Foster Carer Assessments of potential foster carers
  • Facilitate, encourage and support contact as agreed in care plans
  • Ensure the completion of all case management documentation, for operational compliance
  • And to ensure compliance of business policies and child protection procedures


Experience and Skills Required

  • Tertiary Qualification in Social Work (ESSENTIAL)
  • Certificate in Share Lives, Shared Stories and Step by Step (DESIRED)
  • Training and Assessment experience
  • Experience in areas of trauma, attachment theory and associated behaviours 
  • Current Australian driving license, is a must as you will receive a company vehicle
  • Comprehensive understanding of the foster care sector and experience in attachment theory and other relevant frameworks.



  • Salary Packaging
  • On-Call allowance
  • Company Vehicle including fuel card
  • Laptop and phone
  • Office based in Clayton, 3168


For a private and confidential discussion please call Lisa Ranahan on 0439 915 641



Guideline closing date: 30 April 2018


Link to Position Description : Supervising Social Worker / Case Manager 

** Note:  'Supervising' Social Worker refers to the supervision of foster carers and their practice to support the vulnerable children and young people in their care **


Link to Website : About Us  &  Why work for Key Assets


KEY ASSETS THE CHILDREN’S SERVICES PROVIDER is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and all applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and minority groups are encouraged to apply.



CLOSURE DATE: Vacancy Applications close as per the date provided in the advert details / Website vacancy page. These dates may also be extended if suitable applicants are not found. EOI Applications will remain open for individuals to lodge interest in working for our organisation. These are monitored periodically for talent pooling and suitable persons will be contacted by HR or our management team.

Key Assets reserve the right to commence the interview process prior to the campaign closing date. Campaigns may also be extended at any time. 

CANDIDATE FEEDBACK:  Due to the large number of Vacancy Applications and EOI's received, Key Assets declines to provide individual candidate feedback at APPLICATION STAGE, due to volumes. There may also be times when feedback is not provided, also due to volumes of posts advertised. Key Assets apologies in advanced.

ELIGIBILTY (for AUS and or NZ Vacancies): To be eligible for consideration you must be either an Australian/ New Zealand Citizen /Resident residing within the country of the advertised position at the time of application. For overseas applicants you will hold an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa with no restrictions on working within the country. It is preferred that you be in the country at the time of application to be available for our interview process however for suitably experienced and qualified applicants interview alternatives may be arranged.

HOURS: 'Casual' - Hours are needs based. Hours are also not consistent / regular. Full Time 37.5 hrs/wk flexibility required due to travel (as you will work within the community)

COMMENCEMENT: Occurs when all statutory and personal checks have been satisfactorily completed. Departmental checks may take up to 28 business days to process which can cause delays in commencement. 

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