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Job Ref:  DCW-FT0518
Employer:  Department for Child Protection and Family Support (WA)
Job Type:  Full Time
Perth WA, Australia (Show on map)

The Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Housing Authority and Disability Service Commission, together with the communities’ functions from the Department of Local Government and Communities have formed the Department of Communities as of 1 July 2017.

We are an equal opportunity employer and embrace diversity as we believe the best products and services come from a workplace in which varied viewpoints are welcomed and encouraged. The Department of Communities, Disability Services therefore encourages young people, people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this job.


The pool recruitment will operate for eighteen (18) months from the date of the initial selection of the pool.

Suitable applicants will be placed in a pool from which appointments may be made as they arise.

The Department of Communities, Disability Services maintains a smoke-free environment across all buildings, grounds and vehicles.

Are you looking for the flexibility temporary work offers?

About the Role 
As a Social Trainer you will be supporting individuals with disabilities to be as independent as possible with their personal care including showering, dressing and toileting; household duties and community tasks.

Benefits of working for us

  • Supporting people with disabilities to be as independent as possible with tasks in their home and the community
  • Knowing that you are making a difference
  • A variety of tasks over every shift
  • Being a state government employee
  • 9.5% employer contributed superannuation

How to Apply 
Please provide the following: 

  1. A current resume;
  2. Attach your qualifications; and
  3. You will be required to submit your responses online to the following work related requirements, therefore, it is advisable to prepare your answers before commencing the online job application process. Answers can then be copied and pasted into the designated fields when prompted (maximum of 300 words for each selection criteria).

Applicants who are short listed will be assessed on all the work related requirements of the role during the selection process. Applicants will also be assessed against the Public Sector Capability Profile (found on page 4 in the job description forms attached below).

Work Related Requirements for Level 1 positions 
- Year 10 English (or qualification deemed equivalent) or 
- Ability to pass the Department of Communities, Disability Services’ assessment of written and spoken English at this level. 
- Understanding and sensitivity towards people with diverse backgrounds. 
- Good interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. 
- Capacity to work independently and as a member of a team. 
- An understanding of the role of a direct care staff in supporting people with an intellectual disability.

Work Related Requirements for Level 2 positions 
- Certificate III in Disability (or qualification deemed equivalent). AND 
- Successful completion of units in Certificate IV in Disability (or qualification deemed equivalent) that cover advanced behaviour; skills development and maintenance, and the use of targeted communication. 
- Year 10 English (or qualification deemed equivalent) or 
- Ability to pass the Department of Communities, Disability Services’ assessment of written and spoken English at this level. 
- Demonstrated relevant experience.

- Understanding of the values and philosophies that drive direct care work. 
- Knowledge of the principles of positive behaviour support, including functional communication. 
- Knowledge of skills development and maintenance, methods and practices. 
- Understanding of community inclusion.

Prospective Social Trainers must: 

  • Hold a current Australian driver's licence and have the ability to travel in response to organisational needs.
  • Have documentary evidence of English at the Australian Year 10 level or the ability to pass ourassessment of written and spoken English at this level.
  • Have the ability to work shifts from 1 to 12 hour lengths including overnight shifts, across Monday to Sundays, according to organisational needs. This means you may be requested to work shifts starting any time of day or night.
  • Be available to work full time for at least the first four (4) weeks while being fully paid and receiving a compulsory induction and training.
  • Able to successfully undergo our Criminal History Screening process and pass a satisfactory medical and functional capacity examination based on the physical and psychological demands of the role.
  • A Working with Children (WWC) check may be required.
  • Ability to work towards a Certificate III in Disability Work (unless already held) during business hours or work towards successfully completing a Certificate III in Community Services (Disability) or equivalent within a specified time-frame.
  • Ability to successfully complete "Apply First Aid" course (unless already held) during business hours.

Visa Requirement 
Prior to appointment you will need to substantiate your entitlement to live and work in Australia for the duration of the vacancy.

Please Note 
Social Trainers employed by The Department of Communities, Disability Services will be required to declare any outside employment. 

Please refer to the Applicant Information Pack and Job Description Form for full position details as these documents will assist you with the preparation of your application.

Applicants are requested to apply online. Select 'Apply for Job' at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow the instructions on your screen. Please note: Applicants must have a current, valid email address in order to apply online. This email address will be used for communication with applicants.

You are required to complete an online application form, submit your responses to the work related requirements online and attach all required documentation. Please ensure your documents are saved in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Please allow enough time to complete this process as applications must be lodged by the closing date and time listed below. Late applications will not be accepted.

Location: Perth, Western Australia

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pdf version generic social trainer level 1 (jdf 2018).pdf
pdf version generic social trainer level 2 (jdf 2018).pdf
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