The Organisation

Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC), formerly Mt Theo Program, was started by Yuendumu Community in 1993 to address chronic petrol sniffing in Yuendumu. WYDAC achieved unprecedented community success in this initial struggle, which led to considerable growth in the scope of the services provided. WYDAC now provides a comprehensive range of programs that deliver diversion, development, treatment, and leadership services throughout the Warlpiri region.

WYDAC was created by and for Warlpiri people and is governed by a Warlpiri Committee. WYDAC head office is located in Yuendumu Community and WYDAC has permanent staffing and operations at five different Warlpiri sites; Yuendumu, Willowra, Nyirrpi, Lajamanu remote communities and Mt Theo Outstation. The notable and sustainable successes of the program have been firmly based on the support and strength of local Warlpiri youth and their communities, as well as the ongoing commitment of staff.

Positions

Youth Program Team Leader

About the Youth Development and Leadership Programs

WYDAC runs youth development and leadership programs in the communities of Yuendumu, Lajamanu, Nyirrpi and Willowra. These programs are clearly designed to improve the safety and wellbeing of Warlpiri youth, their families and community, as well education, training and employment outcomes.

This has now evolved into a settled and successful model in all four Warlpiri communities. The Jaru Pirrjirdi process can be divided into three levels of Youth Diversion, Youth Development and Youth Leadership. It is a progressive model that young Warlpiri people can slowly move through, engaging in positive, healthy and challenging activities before culminating in their ‘graduation’ as strong, empowered young leaders within their family and community.

About the Opportunity

Due to continued growth, the Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC) now has a rewarding opportunity for a Youth Program Team Leader to join their Lajamanu team, on a full-time basis.

Reporting to the Youth Services Manager (YSM), your primary role will be to lead the Lajamanu Youth Worker team, to provide a five day per week program of activities that effectively and appropriately fulfil the purpose of the youth program and promote positive and meaningful pathways for all young Warlpiri people, their families and communities.

This will be achieved by:

  • Working closely with the Lajamanu Youth Development Team to facilitate a daily youth activities program (activities will involve, not exclusively, basketball, softball, disco, youth drop-in centre, educational activities, and cultural excursions);
  • Supporting the Lajamanu Youth Development Team to deliver youth program activities to a high and efficient standard;
  • Actively supporting Jaru workers in the pathways they choose ie. employment, parenthood, leadership etc;
  • Identifying and supporting appropriate pathways for Yapa young people to become youth workers; and
  • Ensuring regular contact is made with the Cultural Advisors around programming activities, ideas, and projects.

All activities have an overall objective to provide rehabilitation, youth diversionary activities and positive alternatives to prison or juvenile detention for young people at risk.

Please click here for a full position description.

About You

This position isn’t for just anyone. It is in a remote location and can be challenging and as such requires a resourceful, flexible, driven, hard-working person to succeed. However – for the right person this is a rewarding, life-changing role that will allow you to become a part of a very special community and see the positive impact you are making on the lives of the local youth on a daily basis. 

WYDAC is looking for candidates with experience working with cross-cultural persons and a demonstrated understanding of youth-at-risk and remote community issues. Ideally, you will hold a Certificate IV in Youth Work (or be willing to obtain one), or hold a relevant tertiary qualification, however this is not mandatory.

You will have excellent communication skills, the demonstrated ability to work in a team with resourcefulness, self-motivation and independent decision-making capabilities. A resilient operator, you will have good negotiation skills and be calm under pressure.

The role would best suit someone who is passionate about youth work and remote-area assistance, who would fully appreciate an opportunity to embrace another culture and learn while they teach!

For your dedication, you will receive a competitive salary circa $70,000 plus super and salary sacrificing options up to $15,900 annually to significantly increase your take home pay. In addition, you will also benefit from fully furnished accommodation, free utilities, phone and internet allowances, as well as exciting training and development opportunities.

Click here to apply for the Lajamanu Youth Program Team Leader position.

Youth Development Worker

About the Youth Development and Leadership Programs

WYDAC runs youth development and leadership programs in the communities of Yuendumu, Lajamanu, Nyirrpi and Willowra. These programs are clearly designed to improve the safety and wellbeing of Warlpiri youth, their families and community, as well education, training and employment outcomes.

This has now evolved into a settled and successful model in all four Warlpiri communities. The Jaru Pirrjirdi process can be divided into three levels of Youth Diversion, Youth Development and Youth Leadership. It is a progressive model that young Warlpiri people can slowly move through, engaging in positive, healthy and challenging activities before culminating in their ‘graduation’ as strong, empowered young leaders within their family and community.

About the Opportunity

WYDAC now has multiple opportunities for full-time Youth Development Workers to join their community based teams.

Reporting to the Outreach Coordinator, this unique opportunity will see you facilitating a program of activities responsive to the needs of the youth in the community.

The activities provide daily opportunities for engagement with healthy and positive diversionary and development activities, which in turn prevents the youth in the communities from ‘at-risk’ activity. Youth development activities build the resilience, confidence and skills of young Warlpiri men and women in a culturally appropriate manner, to assist them to develop to their full potential.

More specifically, some of your key duties will include:

  • Delivering a youth program with enthusiasm and dedication, with a strengths based and trauma informed approach to development and diversion;
  • Engaging with, and building, strong relationships with young people, especially those who present with more complex or challenging behaviours;
  • Supporting the expansion of development programs, including but not limited to activities relating to literacy and numeracy, sexual health education, healthy relationships, and informal training opportunities; and
  • Actively supporting young people into employment, and to develop skills that will assist them to thrive as young leaders and members of their community.

This position requires someone willing and able to work in a remote area and who understands, and is sensitive to,the unique requirements of working within an Indigenous community. It can be challenging at times, but the satisfaction is significant. If you are interested in work that promotes the rights and well being of Australia’s First Nation’s people, in a grass roots, community driven organisation, please apply!

To view the full position description, please click here.

About You

To be successful, you will have experience working with at-risk youth and a demonstrated understanding of, and experience working with cross-cultural persons and community development (ideally within a remote context). Additionally, experience in the development and management of recreational activities is required.

WYDAC is looking for individuals prepared to work in a hands-on manner with the program participants. You’ll love getting outside and leading youth activities, and will have a passion for creating opportunities for young people in a remote location, using your resourcefulness and self-motivation on a regular basis.

As an excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills, you will have the ability to forge strong relationships with both the youth of the community as well as a range of internal and external stakeholders. In addition, your experience working with young people who have challenging behaviours and complex needs, will provide you with the means to make confident decisions and manage stressful situations as they may arise.

Solid administrative skills will be a requirement, as will a degree of computer literacy, with a proven knowledge of spreadsheets and databases.

A current ‘C’ Class Open Driver’s License, Working With Children Check (Ochre Card), and a Police Check (or willingness to obtain prior to employment) are all essential to being considered. Candidates with a Senior First Aid Certificate, as well as sport and/or creative skills will be highly regarded, however these are not essential requirements.

About the Benefits

This is a highly varied position in which you will experience real job satisfaction every day.

For your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with an attractive remuneration circa $62,000 (commensurate with experience and qualifications) plus super and salary sacrificing to significantly increase your take home pay!

In addition, you will benefit from fully furnished accommodation, free utilities, phone and internet allowances. You’ll also enjoy exciting training and development opportunities.

 

Click here to apply for the Youth Development Worker role.


Volunteering with WYDAC

During the longer school holiday periods in June-July, and December-January, WYDAC often seeks volunteers to assist with Youth Program Activity in Yuendumu and in Lajamanu. These roles are unpaid, but WYDAC does provide assistance getting volunteers to site, and provide basic accommodation for the duration.

Volunteers assist existing Youth Teams to run a vibrant and varied youth program for Warlpiri young people. This includes sport activities, bush trips, craft and educational activities, discos, and in Yuendumu, helping out at the Swimming Pool. All in all, it is an intense, but rewarding experience, that gives volunteers a chance to build their skills in this field. Past volunteers often represent very strong applicants when positions become available within the WYDAC team.

If you are interested in applying for a volunteer role this year, please email admin@wydac.org.au with a brief cover letter and resume. We will need to know what availability you have, what motivates you, and if you have a preference to work in Yuendumu or Lajamanu.

All WYDAC staff and volunteers are required to have an Ochre card. These can be applied for at the following site https://forms.pfes.nt.gov.au/safent/