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.
Youth Development Worker
The Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC) has multiple opportunities for Youth Development Workers to join their community based teams. Opportunities currently exist in the remote communities of Yuendumu and Willowra.
With the unique opportunity to be based full time in the community, as a youth worker reporting to the Outreach Coordinator, you will be providing a program of diversionary and development 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 5 day/week 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, with a view to support them to engage at youth program and participate in activities that build on their skills and strengths;
- Engaging with Warlpiri people, and their culture, in a highly respectful manner; recognising their leadership and management both within this organisation and the community that you will live in, and actively working to provide better outcomes and opportunities for young people through youth program activities
Please note that 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 a tough job at times, but the satisfaction from ‘a job well done’ is significant. If you’re looking for a position where you can truly make a difference in the community while experiencing the real Australian outback – this is the opportunity for you.
To be successful you will hold relevant tertiary qualifications in youth work, social work, or similar, and/or will have experience working with at-risk youth. Additionally, experience in the development and management of recreational activities will be a requirement.
WYDAC are looking for individuals prepared to step in and get their hands dirty 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, you will work effectively within a cross cultural and cross disciplinary team, be confident making decisions and be able to manage stressful situations as they 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 driver’s licence, Working With Children Check (Ochre Card), and a Police Check 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 for this role.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.
Salary and Conditions
In these highly varied roles 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) and salary packaging with salary sacrificing 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!
Please note: Applicants must be eligible to live and work in Australia, with no restrictions.
Click here to apply for the Youth Development Worker position.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/