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Young Carer Planning and Assessment Officer

Advertiser: Carers WA AustraliaMore jobs from this company

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Job Listing Date
11 May 2020
Perth, CBD, Inner & Western Suburbs
Work Type
Full Time
Community Services & Development, Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services

About the business


Carers WA is the peak body representing the needs and interests of carers in Western Australia and is part of a national network of Carers Associations. Carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, a chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged.  See Carers Recognition Act 2004 (WA).  Carers WA is committed to understanding, embracing and celebrating the rich and multi-dimensional experiences that shape our lives and aims to ensure that everyone who engages with the organisation feels welcome and included.


About the role


The Young Carer Assessment and Planning Officer (YCAPO)  is a new position created to service the needs of Young Carers aged between 8 and 25 years old.  

This is a full-time permanent position and works in collaboration with other Carers WA Youth Team members.  As young carers are identified internally / externally the YCAPO is able to provide a comprehensive individualised assessment using the Carers Star and with the young carer, design a Carer Directed Support Plan to support them in their role as a young carer. Carers Star training will be provided.

As a social worker with previous youth experience including under 18's, you will be able to use your knowledge and experience to engage, assess and guide the young person and their guardian  / care recipient  through the registration and assessment process.  Assessments may be conducted by outreach (school / home environment) or via phone / zoom depending on the needs of the young carer.

This role is aimed at early intervention planning i.e. NOT crisis family services.

Applicants MUST be able to register with Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and have a minimum of 2 years' experience working with under 18's.


Benefits and perks


* East Perth HQ location, close to Claisebrook train station and Graham Farmer freeway.

* Supportive young carer team environment with multiple skill sets 

* 5 weeks annual leave (pro-rata)

* 2 additional Wellness Days  

* Option to Salary Sacrifice

* Well respected and established organisation dedicated to valuing and supporting carers


Skills and experience


Experience in providing advisory, assessment and/or planning processes for youth case management referral processes. 

Understanding and empathy of carers, health, mental health, ageing and disability issues and their correlation with social and educational disadvantages of youth (Carers Recognition Act 2004)

Understanding of youth participation principles and a commitment to implement these in accordance with Carer WA's vision, mission and values

Current (or able to obtain) Mental Health First Aid and / or Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) certification

Significant experience using computer software including Microsoft Suite, CRM and/or customised client databases.

Flexible, creative and compassionate style delivery to reduce anxiety whilst balancing documentation and contract requirements.

Well-developed communication skills (verbal and written) with problem solving, advocacy and negotiation skills.

Applications MUST include a covering letter addressing the skills and experience criteria, Curriculum Vitae and contact details of two professional referees.  Job Description is available via

Carers WA reserve the right to begin the recruitment process and withdraw the position prior to the close date/time.

Applications close at 4.00pm on Friday 5th June 2020


The application form will include these questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • Do you have a current Working With Children (WWC) Check?
  • Do you have a current Police Check (National Police Certificate) for employment?
  • Do you have a current Australian driver's licence?
  • Which of the following Microsoft Office products are you experienced with?

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