Yarriambiack Shire Council


About Us :
Yarriambiack Shire Council has a population of 6,645 people and covers an area of 7,158sq km. Yarriambiack Shire Council stretches from the Wimmera River just north of the Grampians in the south, to the centre of the Mallee in the north. The Yarriambiack Creek is the main natural feature traversing the Shire. The area is also linked by road and rail systems that run in a north-south direction. The area has an almost ideal climate with a short winter and delightful autumn and spring. Warracknabeal is the major service centre in the region and provides a wide range of services. It is complemented by Hopetoun in the north and Minyip, Murtoa and Rupanyup in the south, with another 13 small towns spread throughout the Municipality.

Council offers an abundance of services to the region such as home care, home maintenance services, meals on wheels, maternal and child health, enhanced maternal child health, library services, tourism and area promotion, parks and gardens, kindergarten services, supported playgroup, housing support, environmental health services, food inspections, immunisation, youth support, planning and building services, waste services, law, order and public safety, public recreation spaces including swimming pools and sporting stadiums, emergency management, roads, footpaths, bridges, buildings, aerodromes, public halls and saleyards. 

Council is also engages technical specialisists to provide effective governance, accounting and finance, customer service, administration, engineering and asset management and information management services. 

Position Summary :

Provide practical assistance to clients with a range of quality home support services for the frail,aged, adults and children with a disability and or their carers to promote independence, social participation and enhance quality of life with dignity.

Key Requirements :

  • Under the direction of the Positive Ageing Coordinator to provide high quality home based assistance to customers.
  • Report on activities of the position on a regular basis or as required on matters of concern.
  • Be accountable for the quality and timeliness of work, and care of customer’s assets.
  • Ensure the safety and welfare of all dependent clients whilst in your care.
  • Undertake tasks listed under the key responsibility areas and as directed by the Positive Ageing Coordinator.
  • Take appropriate action in an emergency.


  • Resolve problems relating to work tasks.
  • Make decisions about how work will be performed.
  • Make decisions about client and employee safety.
  • Guidance and advice are available from Community Services staff.


  • Housekeeping skills, including safe and competent use of household equipment.
  • Personal care skills and experience.
  • Understanding of the issues associated with ageing and disability and their carers.
  • Experience/skills in day to day care of people with dementia.
  • Good knowledge of general first aid.


  • Skills in managing time and ability to work to a roster.
  • Ability to identify and report hazards in the work environment.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to discuss and resolve problems by consulting with the client and Positive Ageing Coordinator.
  • The ability to gain confidence and/or co-operation from client
  • The ability to work as part of a team and offer support to other team members.
  • Ability to provide support and comfort and to monitor the emotions and behaviours of the aged and frail, to maintain their health and safety.

Job Responsibility :

General Assistance

  • Undertake domestic assistance which may not be restricted to:- vacuuming and washing floors, cleaning bathrooms and toilets, washing and ironing, making and remaking beds of the clients, preparation and cooking of meals and other tasks the client has been assessed necessary to maintain a safe hygienic environment.
  • Encourage the principals of the “Active Service Model” by engaging clients where assessed, in participation of household tasks.
  •  Provide personal assistance in the home or community including payment of bills, collection of prescriptions, banking, reading/writing of letters, and transporting, assist with meal preparation and monitor client’s nutritional needs.
  • Deliver Meals on Wheels and assist with Centre Based Meals when required.
  • Assist the client in the learning of new skills or the relearning of old skills necessary to maintain quality of life and independence at home and in the community.
  • Be able to work with people who come from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Ensure that all information relating to clients, and the service they receive, remains CONFIDENTIAL.
  • Strictly adhere to the allotted hours and Client care plan for each client as assessed by the Assessment Officer. It is the responsibility of the Community Care Worker to keep a check on the care plans and notify the Office of any concerns and/or changes.

Respite Care Services

  • To provide respite care which meets the assessed needs of both the care recipient and their usual carer. Respite may be provided within the client’s home and/or a community setting.
  • This may involve out of normal hours care, overnight / 24 hour care and/or transporting clients.

Personal Care Services (only relevant to qualified staff)

  • Provide supervision and assistance with hygiene and personal tasks such as, dressing and undressing, bathing, grooming, eating and drinking, toileting.
  • Provide assistance with mobility such as, morning and evening routines, transfers, prescribed exercise / therapy programs.
  • Assistance with medication monitoring.
  • Assistance with fitting of stocking, aids and other appliances.
  • Adhere to the Council’s personal care protocols.
  • Monitor each client’s condition and report client progression/ regression to the Positive Ageing Coordinator.

You maybe required to provide support to Children with disabilities and their families who have specific needs through performing the following tasks:

  •  exercise therapy
  • fitting of personal appliances
  • bathing, dressing and feeding
  • preparing special diets,
  • escorting duties
  • emergency first aid
  • respite


The following authorities and responsibilities are assigned to the levels of management and staff as shown and are based on those in the Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004.

Employees – Occupational Health and Safety

  • Comply with all Risk and OHS Management procedures and requirements.
  • Work safely and not place at risk the health and safety of other employees, contractors, volunteers or the general public.
  • Visually monitor and report risk and safety management issues to your relevant Supervisor or Manager. Assist your Supervisor or Manager to rectify risk and safety issues to make the workplace/worksite safe.
  • Ensure asset related damage, hazards or potential hazards are reported to your manager, supervisor or OHS representative.
  • Encourage other employees to consider safety factors within the working environment.
  • Attend Risk and OHS compliance training as directed.
  • Be an active member of your OHS designated working group. Show commitment to risk and safety through participation in formal and informal discussions/ meetings on risk and OHS issues.
  • Cooperate with your employer and fellow employees with respect to any action taken by the employer to comply with the OHS Act.
  • Attend safety meetings, tool box meetings and safety training as directed by your Supervisor of Manager.

Council Assets Responsibilities

Take reasonable care of any council property or assets that you may use, have access to, or have overall responsibility for. Record and report to your Supervisor/Manager, any damage or potential for damage, to property or assets that you may use, have access to, or overall responsibility for. This may include risks such as accidental fire, arson, storm, flood or security.


Reports to:        Positive Ageing Coordinator


Internal:            All Staff

External:           Members of Public / Community / Families


Yarriambiack Shire Council is committed to creating a child safe and child friendly environment where children and young people are respected, valued and encouraged to reach their full potential.

All staff must adhere to Council’s Child Safe Policy and procedures and ensure that any reasonable suspicion of abuse to children or young people is reported.


  • At all times, behave in a manner consistent with Council’s Employee Code of Conduct and Human Resource policies and guidelines (including Bullying / Equal Opportunity / Discrimination / Sexual Harassment Guidelines).
  • Ensure compliance to relevant OHS regulatory requirements and implement, promote and maintain Council’s OHS and Return to Work policies, procedures, training programs and initiatives.
  • Ensure compliance to relevant regulatory or legislative requirements; including but not limited to Information Privacy and Freedom of Information.


Every staff member is required to actively participate in the annual performance review/appraisal process with his or her supervisor.


This position description is subject to change from time to time as Yarriambiack Shire Council’s organisation may be developed or restructured. Any such reorganisation of duties shall be the subject of discussion with the position incumbent.


Yarriambiack Shire Council offers a work environment free from discrimination, sexual or other harassment, victimisation, vilification and bullying. Employees are expected to contribute to the maintenance of such a work environment.


Employees must respect and protect the privacy and confidentiality of information gained or accessed during the course of their employment. Employees are required to comply with the Information Privacy Act, the Health Records Act and Council’s Confidentiality policies.

Both during and after employment with Council, employees must not:

  • Communicate confidential or private information to third parties.
  • Make use of any information gained through employment at the Shire for any purpose other than the discharge of official duties.


Personal and Health Information collected by Council is used for recruitment and if the applicant is successful will be used for Human Resources. The Personal and Health Information will be used solely by Council for this purpose and/or directly related purposes. Council may disclose this information to other organisations if required by legislation. The applicant understands that the Personal and Health Information provided is for the above purpose and that he or she may apply to Council for access to and/or amendment of the information after finalisation of the appeals process. Information relating to unsuccessful applicants may be destroyed by Council after 12 months from this time. Requests for access and/or correction should be made to Council’s Privacy Officer.


  • As part of Yarriambiack Shire Council’s recruitment and selection process, a Pre-employment medical assessment, satisfactory Police Check and Working with Children’s Check (Vic) is required for this position.
  • Current Victorian Drivers Licence.


  • Certificate III in Aged and Disability or Individual Support
  • Current Victorian Drivers Licence
  • Current Victorian Police Check
  • Must be contactable by phone
  • Working With Childrens Check


  • Have computer and phone skills.
  • Current drivers licence.
  • A Certificate III in Aged and Disability or Individual Support or a lesser qualification eg. Experience in Home Care or Personal Care.
  • Will require oral and written communications skills with clients, other employees and the public.

Job Functions :
Aged care

Job Benefits :

  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Uniform Supplied
  • Travel Allowance
  • Work Phone Supplied

Selling Point :

  • Flexible hours (able to work around school drop off and pickup)
  • Build relationships with clients within the community
  • Working within a positive environment

Contact :
Bernardine Schilling

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Company:Yarriambiack Shire Council
Date listed: 2021-04-21 10:33:37
Location: Byron bay region
Salary:$29.62 per hour (Days & Hours of Work may vary Monday - Friday)
Work type: Part time
Category: Disability Support Worker
Industry: Community services
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