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Local Area Coordinator – Cairns (Multiple Roles)

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Work type: Fixed Term (Full Time)
Location: QLD
Categories: Community Services

Local Area Coordinator – Cairns (Multiple Roles)

  • Multiple Fixed Term Positions for 12 months. 
  • Full Time Opportunities however open to discussing part-time arrangements.
  • Based in Bungalow, Cairns – servicing the local region.

About Mission Australia

Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian charity that has been helping vulnerable Australians move towards independence for more than 155 years.

Every day we support people nationwide by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies and much more.

We're generously supported by our funders, partners and tens of thousands of everyday Australians, who make the work of our tireless volunteers and staff possible.


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will work to support people with disability to participate in and contribute to improving social and economic life, as well as provide certainty that people with disability will receive the care and support they need over their lifetime. The NDIS provides a number of ways to assist people with disability to exercise choice, including taking reasonable risks in the pursuit of their goals and the planning and delivery of their supports. One of the ways this is done is through Local Area Coordination (LAC). For more information, please search for ’NDIS’ online.

Your Opportunity

Your role as a Local Area Coordinator will allow you to provide support and partner with Australia’s living with disabilities, their families and carers to build and pursue their goals for a good quality life, exercise choice and control and engage with the Scheme. The role will require you to make comprehensive assessments based on interactions and implement actions as identified in the individual’s plans, while building new community networks and access to mainstream services.

  • Create trusting rapport and educate NDIS participants, families and carers about the scheme and how to utilize funds attached to their approved plans.
  • Build and maintain strong external and internal relationships and local connections, including forming a strong partnership with the NDIA.
  • Effectively and accurately information gather and document participant records within mandated timeframes and KPI’s.

Position Requirements

  • Tertiary Qualifications and/or experience in community services and disability services.
  • Proven experience in practicing a positive, contemporary attitude to people with disability, applying a strength-based and person- centred approach to service delivery.
  • Judgement and decision making ability in relation to accountability of funds and interactions with individuals and communities.
  • High level of written and verbal communication skills and the ability to write accurate, thorough and comprehensive reports.
  • Strong computer skills including the ability to navigate databases.
  • Excellent organisational, time management skills, and the ability to be self-directed.
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team environment by sharing information, supporting colleagues and respecting different skills.
  • Valid QLD Driver’s Licence to work independently and be mobile within the community.
  • Previous experience working with Aboriginal Communities and CALD backgrounds and applicants with lived experience are highly encouraged to apply.

As part of our Employment screening process you will be required to undertake a National Criminal History Check.

In addition, there is a requirement to possess a current Working with Children check or apply if you do not already hold one. It is unlawful for prohibited persons to apply for work with children, and, as such, prohibited persons cannot apply for this role.


  • Not for Profit Salary Packaging benefits which reduces your taxable income (details via Advantage)
  • Discounted health care with Medibank Private
  • Purchase additional annual leave
  • Discounted childcare rates of up to 15% at participating Centres (conditions apply)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee discounts with hotels, travel insurance, and major retailers: Coles, Harvey Norman, Apple, Dell & many more
  • Free, confidential counselling service
  • Volunteering opportunities

Diversity & Inclusion

Mission Australia is an inclusive employer. We celebrate our diversity and strive to reflect contemporary Australian society and all the communities in which we work, in order to better serve our clients. We welcome and encourage applications from Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, People with Disability, Sexually and Gender Diverse people, people with lived experience of adversity and from people of all ages.

As such, if you require any adjustments to submit your application, we invite you to get in touch via email or phone 0436 623 759.

Next Steps

To be considered for this opportunity, please click ‘apply’ and send your cover letter and resume today.

For more information, feel free to view the Position Description via Download File Local Area Coordinator PD Cairns.docx.pdf. For further information regarding working with us visit Working for Mission Australia.

Applications close midnight, Wednesday 19th June 2019.

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