Residential Support Worker - Children's Services

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Employment type: Casual, Full Time, Part Time
Location: Geraldton, Gascoyne & Midwest
Categories: Child, Youth & Family

  • Pay rates starting from $32.21 + super (SCHADS award 2.1) or $33.22 + super if you have a Cert IV or above in a relevant field (SCHADS 2.2)
  • Penalty rates for evenings, weekends and public holidays 
  • Full time, Part time and casual roles available 

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

As a Residential Support Worker, your role involves creating a secure and nurturing home environment for Children and Young People who have experienced childhood trauma, abuse, or neglect. Your responsibilities include delivering personalised support and guidance, fostering the development of independent life skills, assisting with emotional regulation, and providing opportunities for re-engagement in education and community activities.

Successful candidates will have prior experience working with children and young people and possess a comprehensive understanding of childhood trauma and its impacts.

These newly created positions will be based in our Geraldton houses. Casual and permanent full time or part time roles available. To be considered for these opportunities, you must live within the Geraldton area. 

Part time and casual shifts typically occur between 2pm and 8pm on weekdays, with various morning and afternoon shifts on weekends.

Full time contracts include:

- Full day shifts 

- Sleepover shifts

You must be able to work a rotating roster over weekends. 

To learn more about Life Without Barriers services for Children, Young People & Families, please visit

Key Responsibilities

  • Promote and assist young people to achieve goals identified in Individual Case Plans
  • Assist young people to develop independence and build community networks 
  • Support the young person’s interests 
  • Establish a rapport and collaborate effectively with young people to achieve positive outcomes
  • Manage behavioural escalations and assist the young person to co-regulate emotionally
  • Domestic duties and supporting the young person to learn how to look after themselves eg cooking, housework, laundry
  • Communicate with the care team and report incidents promptly and accurately
  • Medication administration (when required)
  • Maintenance of progress notes and record keeping

Skills & Experience

  • Certificate IV in Youth Work, Mental Health, or relevant qualification (or willing to obtain) 
  • Experience working with young people who have experienced significant trauma and neglect, including the management of behaviours of concern
  • Ability to demonstrate highly effective interpersonal skills with young people and stakeholders
  • Demonstrate confidentiality and have strong understanding of professional boundaries
  • Experience working with young people from indigenous or other cultural backgrounds
  • A current Provide First Aid Certificate 
  • A current Drivers Licence

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check, Department of Communities Check and Working with Children Check.

To 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.


  • Discover a purpose you can wrap your heart around at one of Australia's largest social purpose organisations
  • Generous Salary Packaging Benefits – claim up to $15,900 per year, tax free!
  • Ongoing development opportunities, including paid CARE and TCI Training as part of your induction!!
  • 24-hour management support with a National After-Hours Service team

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 Holly Gallan via

Applications Close at midnight on Thursday 1st of August. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications are continuously reviewed prior to the closing date; and as such the closing date is subject to change without notice.

 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

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