Youth Worker (Intensive Foster and Kinship Care)

Job Description

  • Competitive Award Rate + 11% Super + Salary Sacrifice up to increase your take home pay!
  • Are you looking for an inclusive and diverse organisation that offers career opportunities and understands the importance of work life balance?
  • Would you like to pay less tax and increase your take home pay?

About the Organisation

Every day, Life Without Barriers provides support and care to children and young people, as we work collaboratively with families, carers, and communities, to ensure they have the environment they deserve to grow. With a focus on ensuring safety and respect, this is an opportunity to make a positive and meaningful difference in these young lives and help pave a brighter future.

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose organisation of 8,000 employees working in more than 500 communities across Australia. We support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people, and people with mental illness. We work with people who are homeless and refugees and asylum seekers. Join a community of people dedicated to breaking down barriers.

We want to employ people who reflect the diversity of our clients to ensure we can support each client's individual needs and wants. We encourage people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and people with disability to apply.

About the Role

Intensive Foster and Kinship Care (IFKC) is a family-based care program that supports children and young people aged 0 to 17 years, who have been assessed as having a complex or extreme level of support needs.

As a Youth Worker (IFKC) you will provide direct care and mentoring of children and/or young people with a wide range of responsibility for specialised program activities. You will assist in connecting the child or young person to family, access to purposeful and goal-oriented support. You will assist in identifying risks and emotional support needs and work in partnership with our Child and Family Practitioners to develop and implement individualised care plans to manage risk, pain-based behaviour, safety and health management needs. You will have access to training, supervision, 24/7 phone support, and access to planned and emergency respite.

This position is based in Mackay and is Permanent Part Time, with a minimum of 40 hours per fortnight, mostly afternoons Tuesday – Saturday. No sleepover shifts. You may need to utilise your own vehicle, with KMs reimbursed.

Key Responsibilities  

  • Form and maintain professional, nurturing relationships with children and young people by building trust through visible interest and active engagement
  • Act as an appropriate adult role model, seeking to engage young people in purposeful activities aimed at developing life skills and self-worth
  • Support the involvement of family and where applicable, facilitate family visits/connection and the promotion of positive family relationships with children and young people, to suit individual needs
  • Promote and encourage positive relationships with peers and other persons significant to the child/young person
  • Assist the child/young person to participate as full as possible in making decisions about the activities undertaken

Skills & Experience

  • You must have obtained or be willing to work towards your Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (or similar) If you are unsure if you meet these minimum qualification standards, please visit 
  • Experience working with young people, ideally in a residential setting is desirable, but successful applicants may have transferable experience from a background working in mental health, teaching/childcare, alcohol and other drugs or youth detention centres.
  • The successful applicants will need to be confident in managing risk and assessment and respond well to young people.
  • Valid Full Unrestricted Australian Drivers Licence (essential)
  • Valid First Aid Certificate and CPR Certification (or willingness to obtain prior to commencement)
  • Complete Hope and Healing Framework Foundations prior to starting (we will enrol you in this if successful)

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check and Working with Children Check (where relevant to the role).

To be considered for and appointed to a position at Life Without Barriers, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a minimum of two (2) doses or hold a valid medical exemption certificate, in accordance with Life Without Barriers Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. You will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status during the recruitment process


  • Multiple shifts available to promote work/life flexibility
  • A fantastic, positive, and supportive team culture
  • Growing organisation with great career opportunities
  • Ongoing training and mentorship

How to Apply

Include your resume and covering letter in one document, click ‘Apply’ and follow the prompts. For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact with the subject heading “YW (IFKC) Mackay”. Please note that we do not accept applicants to this email address, they must be submitted online.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications may be reviewed prior to the closing date; and as such the closing date is subject to change without notice. Current application closing date is midnight 23rd May 2024.

We are dedicated to playing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and bring continuity of care and support to our clients. If you are successful, we will discuss with you an alternative to a face-to-face interview. 

Life Without Barriers supports the Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with disability. We believe people with disability need to be heard and for these experiences to influence how support services like ours are delivered. View our statement here (