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CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning is a reputable not-for-profit organisation and an agency of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

Behaviour Support Practitioner (1)


Maitland, NSW

  • Provide professional behaviour support to build skills & enhance peoples' lives.
  • Develop or enhance your skills in the behaviour support field.
  • Flexible permanent full time or part-time work pattern available.

About Us

CatholicCare’s Clinical Services are in an exciting period of growth with the newly created Behaviour Support Team needing to add a new member to its team. We want a team member who can help develop our reputation for clinical quality and professionalism in the Hunter and Newcastle Region.  We offer diverse clinical opportunities through our multiple referral sources to provide specialised services to a wide demographic of clients.

We offer permanent employment, competitive remuneration, individual and group supervision, external professional development and flexible hours; all aimed at creating a culture of excellence alongside work life balance.

Additional Benefits include:

  • attractive salary with salary packaging (up to $15,899 per annum);
  • receive up to 3 additional days leave annually between the Christmas and New Year Period;
  • ongoing training and development opportunities;
  • a great friendly environment of dedicated and passionate co-workers;
  • discounted gym membership.

The Role

This is a permanent position with full time or part-time work pattern available.

You will primarily conduct functional assessments of challenging behaviours and develop and support the implementation of evidenced based behaviour support plans to enhance quality of life, build skills and reduce any behaviours of concern.

As a member of a multidisciplinary team within a person centred, strength and evidenced based framework, you will deliver flexible and individualised supports to meet the behavioural support needs for people with issues relating to their behaviour across diverse community contexts and service platforms. Your responsibilities will include working closely with the individual and their support network to increase the individual’s skills and build quality of life. You will be responsible for providing a practical approach to the implementation of behaviour support plans and interventions as well as support any legislative and clinical based requirements relating to the use of Restrictive Practice.

The Behaviour Support Practitioner is required to have a high level of energy, enthusiasm and a genuine commitment to achieving sustainable behavioural support outcomes for people with disabilities, mental health issues and neurodevelopmental disorders to enable them to lead an inclusive life in their community. You will need to be creative, innovative and have a strong commitment to quality and continuous improvement.

If you have extensive experience in disabilities or behaviour support OR tertiary qualifications in Social/Behavioural Science, Mental Health, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or a related discipline, we would love to hear from you.

Please note, this position may be offered to someone who has not currently attained an undergraduate degree, however in this context, they must have strong experience and has keen interest in developing a career as a Behaviour Support Practitioner. Such employees will also need to be able to attain accreditation Provisional Accreditation with NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. For these prospective employees, support, development and supervision will be provided to undertake the duties of the position.

Selection Criteria

Please individually address each of the Essential Criteria below.

Essential Criteria:
  • Relevant qualifications in Disabilities, Social/Behavioural Science Field, Mental Health, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or a related discipline.
  • Ability to attain Provisional Accreditation with NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.
  • Capacity to communicate with a diverse range of groups and individuals.
  • Experience working in a similar position or significant experience in the delivery of behaviour support services.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake behavioural assessments and create behaviour support plans.
  • Commitment and ongoing demonstration of the values, principles and capabilities of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission Behaviour Support Capability Framework.
  • Excellent organisational, interpersonal and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work within the principles and values of CatholicCare Social Services.
  • A willingness to travel.
  • Current Working With Children Check or willingness to obtain.
  • Current Driver’s License.

To Apply

To be considered for the position please provide a copy of your current resume and a cover letter addressing each of the essential selection criteria.

*Please note that not adequately addressing the selection criteria will result in your application not being shortlisted.*

Additional Information

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is a child safe organisation, committed to the protection of children and has zero-tolerance of any abuse of children. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, retain a valid Working with Children Check where necessary and comply with our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

Positions identified as child related employment at the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle must have a valid Working With Children Check. For more information, please visit the NSW Office of Children’s Guardian.

This position has been determined as child related and a current Working With Children Check for paid employment is required. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an understanding of appropriate behaviours when engaging with children.

The appointment of successful applicants will be subject to satisfactory employment screening including the completion of a National Police Check, where applicable the retention of a valid Working with Children Check and adoption and compliance with our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

Applications close 11.59pm on Sunday, 25 October 2020.

For further information please contact the Clinical Specialist - Behaviour Support, Stephen Groombridge on 0417 674 132.