Residential Care Workers

Job No: Berry3154
Location: Bairnsdale

  • Do you have a history working in the Residential Care sector? This could be the dream job for you!
  • Bairnsdale Location, Gippsland Region
  • Casual Position (with opportunities for Full-Time & Part-Time in the future)
  • Opportunities to work night ‘Stand Up’ times
  • Established organisation with 140 years in community service!


For over 140 years, Berry Street has adapted to a changing world, and we will continue to adapt to achieve our purpose. We believe children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful. Our Vision for 2022: Together we will courageously change lives and reimagine service systems. We look forward to working with children, young people, families, carers, staff and partners to achieve this vision.

About the role:

  • Residential Care staff work as a collaborative and caring team, and provide a high level of therapeutic care and supervision to children and young people living in our houses.  Children and young people present with complex care needs related to behaviour and health and development.
  • Our staff are role models to the children and young people, and assist with activities of daily living, including ensuring interactions are positive. This includes spending quality time with them in the home, where you support in cooking meals, undertaking household chores and participating in their daily activities as required.
  • There are also observational and administrative requirements, with responsibility for completing reports, updating records and providing information to other professionals regarding the young people in our care.

Essential requirements for the role:

  • A current and valid Victorian Driver’s Licence (minimum green Ps);
  • Evidence of right to work in Australia;
  • Be willing to undertake a National Police Check with Berry Street, and an International Police Check if applicable;
  • A valid Working with Children Employee Card;
  • Be willing to undertake a Psychometric Assessment with Berry Street.

Berry Street conducts a thorough screening process to ensure we select the most suitable people to care for the children and young people.

Desirable for the role:

  • Some experience in disability care and/or trauma management;
  • Qualifications in the following: Residential Care (Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention);
  • Relevant qualification in Youth Work Community Services or Alcohol & Other Drugs

We also welcome applicants without qualifications as we offer a Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention to successful and eligible candidates.  It is a mandatory requirement that all Residential Care Workers undertake this qualification to continue to employment.

About YOU!

  • A genuine desire to engage and build meaningful relationships with young people;
  • Interest in contributing to the wellbeing and development of young people who may have significant behavioural difficulties;
  • Open minded and non-judgemental and engage well with young people and staff
  • Great communication skills;
  • Resilience during a crisis or conflict;
  • Professional manner and presentation to deal with services supporting young people. 

Work across a variety of shifts: 

At Berry Street we encourage a work life balance and ensure our people take the opportunities to work across varied shifts to allow time for those important things in life; such as family and friends.

We offer the following shifts for our Residential Care Workers;

  • Day/Evening: Shifts between the hours of 7:00am - 8:00pm
  • Stand Up: Shifts are between 10:00pm - 08:00am
  • Cluster Workers (night workers): are roving Residential Care Workers who are positioned at alternate Units during the graveyard shifts


Benefits of working for Berry Street

  • We provide our staff with comprehensive training and professional development.
  • We support White Ribbon, Australia’s campaign to stop violence against women. There is an expectation that staff never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.
  • We offer Salary packaging up to $15,900 to staff;

We conduct ourselves with the values of Courage, Integrity, Respect, Accountability and Working Together.

How to apply:

Please view the full Position Description attached to this advertisement before applying.

  • Include a Cover Letter and Resume before submitting your application.
  • Applications close on Sunday, 09 June 2019, 23:00 hours.
  • To download the Position Description, please click here


Queries to Justin Hughes or Rebecca Domotor at Residential Services on 5134 5971

To watch The Invisibles, a film that follows young people as they prepare to take part in the Berry Street Debutante Ball, please click here

Berry Street is committed to being a child safe, child friendly and child empowering organisation. In everything we do we seek to protect children. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; children with a disability; children who identify with a sexual and or gender minority identity. We aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality or religion.

Comprehensive reference and background checking will be undertaken, including a Working with Children Check and police check. Aboriginal people; people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.

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