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Aboriginal Education Worker - St Finbarr's Primary School, Byron Bay

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Work type: temporary, part time
Location: Byron Bay
Categories: General Employee, Aboriginal Education Worker (AEW)

Position Description



St Finbarr's Primary School, Byron Bay

After a walk around the beautiful grounds of St Finbarr's, you can see why there is an emphasis on Learning for Life. Upon leaving the classrooms, you pass through the new Tiny Towns community village, through the extensive Nature Playspace onto the school oval and through the back gates for a ten-minute stroll to the beach. This is where classes can enjoy regular beach school activities with a focus on experiencing our beautiful environment for learning and enjoyment. We empower our students to strive for excellence and to transform their world by Loving like Jesus. St Finbarr's strives to be a Christian family centred around Jesus Christ and his teachings. The Catholic Identity and traditions of the school, therefore, is characterised by Christian attitudes, values, and practices in a welcoming and caring environment. By modelling and teaching about respectful relationships, we strive to nurture and care for our community and for our land every day. We grow together as friends.

The Aboriginal Education Worker will also act as a role model for students by encouraging them to take pride in all aspects of their schooling.


Aboriginal Education Worker (Identified Position)

Part time, temporary position

1 day per week, 6 hours per day


Role will include:

  • Working with the school leadership team to implement the Diocesan Action Plan for the Education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples including: 
  • Acting as a role model for students by encouraging them to take pride in all aspects of their schooling and their cultural identity.

  • Promoting a sense of welcome and belonging, so that all in the school community will gain greater respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ culture and each child will be provided with educational opportunities that are rich, fulfilling and promote a love of God.

  • Supporting the school to understand and show respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s knowledge, skills and traditions to build and maintain relationships that are based on mutual respect and reconciliation.

  • Raising expectations and enhancing the quality of student learning for all students by supporting the development of individualised plans that include cultural, curriculum and career goals. 

  • Developing a partnership with the local Aboriginal community, families and the school to create and promote a school environment that respects and values local Aboriginal cultures and protocols.

Essential Criteria: 

  • Must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent (documented confirmation of Aboriginality is a requirement at interview). Exemption under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 

  • Must hold a current Working with Children Check clearance

  • Compliance with the Accreditation to Work Teach and Lead Policy upon appointment

  • Identified Position

Selection Criteria will focus on: 

  • The ability to foster and maintain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Spirituality whilst enhancing the values and beliefs and ethos of the Catholic Church.

  • The ability to build positive and trusting relationships with students and staff in order to advocate for the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders students and their families. 

  • The ability to work alongside school leadership to build the cultural capacity of the school community.

  • The ability to maintain strong quality partnerships with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and service providers.

  • Sound literacy, numeracy and IT skills (or a willingness to learn) and knowledge and appreciation of the ways students learn.

  • Preparedness to work with small groups of children and willingness to work alongside teachers in the classroom.

Position description

Anti-discrimination Act (1997)

Your application should address the above criteria including the nomination of two (2) referees including an Elder and/or community member. 

Provide the referee's name and contact details only (no reference letter required). 

Applications must be received by 3:00pm Friday 28th June 2024.

Tweed Region

Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools Limited is committed to creating Child Safe Schools.
Child Protection legislation requires preferred applicants to be subject to employment screening.
An equal opportunity employer.




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