Aboriginal Male Caseworker

LocationShellharbour City

Corporation Overview

Gawura Aboriginal Corporation is a newly established Aboriginal Community Controlled, not-for-profit, charitable organisation, formally known as Illawarra Koori Men’s Support Group (IKMSG).

We are dedicated to supporting our Elders, families, the vulnerable, and our young people with social and emotional wellbeing and cultural education & judicial programs. All whilst providing culturally safe space for our Aboriginal community members to attend within the Illawarra Region.

Gawura Aboriginal Corporation Board, Management and all staff are dedicated & committed to supporting the Illawarra Aboriginal people and families, to ensure better opportunities and outcomes.

Purpose of Role

The primary purpose of the Male Caseworker is to provide casework for males attending our programs or accessing our services, in particular our men’s behaviour change program ChangeV. This role will be working alongside our Women and Children’s Advocate to provide a wholistic casework and supportive approach for our local Aboriginal families. This position will be situated in our Nana Nhawa team meaning better days in local language.

An essential element will include creating and maintaining network relationships crucial to the diverse and intersectional needs of our clients to create comprehensive referral pathways. Also to provide education, information and supported options to our men whilst delivering high quality case management.

 Key Accountabilities

  • Provide quality casework for male clients with a high focus on our MBC program participants focusing on behaviour change.
  • Provide casework intervention as required and in consultation with Team Leader.
  • Conduct casework sessions including face to face, telephone, video or any other means as outlined in accordance with Gawura policies and procedures.  
  • Assist in the facilitation of family safety meetings in collaboration with internal and external agencies to create safety action plans for families at risk.
  • Provide comprehensive casework and develop tailored case plans to address needs of families.
  • Assess and create client referral plans to relevant services to address their needs.
  •  Establish and maintain external relationships with service providers that will enhance the support provided and address the needs of our clientele.
  • Assure all reporting obligations are submitted within the defined timeframes and within required standards and templates.
  • Maintain accurate client records, e.g. case notes, file notes, data entry.
  • Maintain and progress your skills in your field relevant to your role and work assigned.
  • Other duties as are appropriate to this position and as directed by management.

Key Challenges

  • Establishing and maintaining engagement with male users of violence.
  • Working with vulnerable clients with complex needs and often at high risk. 
  • Completing reporting obligations on time and to the standards required as per Gawura and funding bodies outlines.

Key Relationships


Team LeaderReceive and seek guidance, escalate issues, exchange information.Receive reporting outlines and deliver outcomes. Collaborate on facilitation of family safety meetings.Report any WHS issues.
Program FacilitatorsReceive and make referrals.Liaise and collaborate on family safety plans.  
Women & Children’s AdvocateReceive and make referrals.Liaise and collaborate on family safety plans.


External AgenciesDevelop and maintain effective working relationships.Create and maintain sustainable referral pathways to enhance the support provided and address the needs of clients.
Community members and ClientsProvide high quality service and ensure positive engagement and experiences with Gawura. Provide with information pertaining to service updates and changes.  

Role Dimensions            

Decision making

  • Set own priorities in line with the direction of client needs and case plans, and outcomes needing to be achieved.

Reporting Line

Team Leader.

Direct Reports



As advised.

Essential Requirements

  1. Aboriginality
  2. Diploma in Community Services or (tertiary qualifications, social work or other discipline or relevant lived experience)
  3. Min 2 years’ experience working within the local Aboriginal community – preferably within the family & domestic violence sector.
  4. Casework experience with individuals and families.
  5. Must have strong communication & interpersonal skills.
  6. Ability to use strength based, trauma informed practices when working with vulnerable men and their families.
  7. Must possess cultural interpersonal skills when dealing with Aboriginal families who are dealing with FDV.
  8. Strong demonstrated understanding of ‘at risk factors’ for women and their families and demonstrated strategies for addressing this concern.
  9. Ability to work independently or within a team with diverse team.
  10. Must possess strong computer skills, data entry and record keeping skills.
  11. Excellent knowledge of the local services who support victim/survivors and/or users of FDV and the ability to coordinate clients to the appropriate service
  12. Current driver’s license
  13. Current WWCC and National Police Check

Closing Date Friday 25th August 2023

Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Head Office – Shellharbour City

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