Community Development Cadet - Aboriginal

Shoalhaven City Council is a dynamic organisation serving a large and diverse community; limitless opportunity exists for an exciting and rewarding career. The Shoalhaven is located just 2 hours from Sydney and 2.5 hours from Canberra. The Shoalhaven is home to 104,000 people and comprises of 49 unique towns and villages. It is a place of great natural beauty and offers an enviable lifestyle and positive work-life balance. 

About the role

Shoalhaven City Council is seeking a Community Development Cadet – Aboriginal. This position provides for a person with the willingness and ability, or in the process of completing a relevant qualification (Diploma level or above) in Social Science, Welfare, Community Development/Community Services, Social Work, Aboriginal Studies or Social Planning. The position presents an opportunity for practical experience in Community Development whilst having time off to complete your course of study.


Working closely with Community Development Officer – Aboriginal and reporting directly to the Senior Community Development Officer the focus of this position is to:

Assist the Community Development Officer – Aboriginal:
in the delivery of activities that work towards addressing the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Shoalhaven Local Government Area (LGA)
in liaising and providing advice to stakeholders within Council and with the community on Aboriginal protocols.
undertaking Community Development projects in line with Council’s Community Strategic Plan and Delivery Plan

This is a designated Aboriginal position as authorised by Shoalhaven City Council’s EEO Management Plan and Aboriginal Employment Strategy in accordance with Part 9A of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

Skills & Experience 

To be successful in the position, you will be/ possess:

Current enrolment or intention to enroll in a Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree in one of the following disciplines: Social Science, Welfare, Community Development/Community Services, Social Work, Aboriginal Studies, Social Planning/Regional Panning or other related fields
Class C Drivers Licence
An understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
An ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
Some experience working (including voluntary) with Aboriginal communities.

This position requires a current NSW Working with Children Check. Applicants are required to apply and pay for this check if not already obtained.  

Council requires applicants for this position to undergo a National Criminal History Check during the recruitment process. This check will be at the expense of Council.


We are committed to creating a positive culture and strong team environment, and offer a range of benefits:

Generous Leave Entitlements
Long Service Leave After 5 Years
9 Day Fortnight for Outdoor Staff
Flexitime for Indoor Staff
Fitness Passport
Novated Lease Arrangements
Discounted Private Health Insurance
Training and Development Programs

How to Apply

You will be required to upload your resume and a brief cover letter which should address the selection criteria as outlined in the job description. 
During the application you will also be required to respond to position related questions as shown below and questions regarding general information about you. 
1. At Shoalhaven City Council our corporate core values are: Collaboration, Adaptability, Integrity and Respect. Please choose one value and advise how you have enacted this value in a professional setting.
2. Please list the relevant qualifications and experience you hold.
3. Why are you interested in Community Development as a career?
4. What do you see as the challenges in this position and how would you overcome them?
5. Demonstrate your experience or knowledge of working with Aboriginal communities

Previous applicants need not apply

Contact:  Michael Paine – Senior Community Development Officer 02 4429 3128

Applications Close: Friday, 5 March, 2021 (at Midnight)

When your application has been submitted completely, you will receive a confirmation email


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