Department for Education

About the Directorate:
The Aboriginal Education Directorate provides strategic cultural and policy advice on national and state policy direction in relation to Aboriginal education and contributes to the implementation of the Department’s Aboriginal Education Strategy.

About the Role:
The Aboriginal Services Engagement Officer works collaboratively with stakeholders to implement strategies from the Department of Education’s Aboriginal Education Strategy, focusing on supporting the attendance, social and emotional wellbeing, and engagement in learning of Aboriginal children, young people, and their families/carers.

Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Actively contribute to partnership approaches with schools, preschools, and Student Support Services to implement proactive education initiatives.
  • Provide advice and support to facilitate intervention and communication for non-attendance issues.
  • Ensure fair access to services and support for Aboriginal students, working with families and communities to develop attendance strategies.
  • Participate in case conferencing and liaise with service providers for early intervention and support.
  • Contribute to evaluating and reporting on outcomes and program impact.
  • Coordinate team efforts to address issues and provide initiatives for Aboriginal children and young people.
  • Advocate for improved educational outcomes and inclusion in decision-making processes.

To be successful you will need to address the following criteria:

  • Ability to evaluate, exercise initiative, and work collaboratively to develop strategies for improving outcomes for Aboriginal students.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders to support culturally competent service provision.
  • Ability to implement strategies to support Aboriginal Strategy targets and partnership priorities, including data analysis and application.
  • Experience in working with Aboriginal communities and service agencies, utilising family and community networks.
  • Sound knowledge of cultural and contemporary issues facing Aboriginal families and communities.

Essential a certificate 4 or higher education qualification in education, human/community services, or equivalent experience.

Why work with us:
Every child and young person deserves a great education.

We have a strategy that aims to unlock every child’s potential now and into the future, one that in partnership with learners, students, parents, and the wider South Australian community will build a world-leading public education system. One that is equitable and prioritises learning and wellbeing.

Together we will make our education system the best it can be.

When our children and young people thrive, so do our communities and our state.

Special Conditions:
The successful applicant is required to gain a Department of Human Services (DHS) working with children check (WWCC) prior to being employed which is required to be renewed every five years before expiry. A current DHS child-related employment screening will be recognised as a WWCC until it expires. The incumbent will be required to undertake Responding to Abuse & Neglect (RAN) full day/online training course every three years.

For all other Special Conditions please refer to the Role Description.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Larry Higgins, Country Manager, via Tel: (08) 8648 8750 or Email: .

Application Instructions:
For further information and details on how to apply for this vacancy, please go to and search for vacancy number 595128.

The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

In accordance with Section 56 (2) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA), applicants for this position must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

People who have a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

Closing date is 17 June 2024 at 11:30 PM.

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