Driving Change is a tailored program, designed to address the barriers to licensing that many Aboriginal young people and other disadvantaged people face.The NSW Auditor-General’s Report examined the effectiveness of government responses to improve safe and legal driving among Aboriginal people.
Driving Change addresses the recommendations made:
- Improving access to birth certificates and other identity documents;
- Assisting Aboriginal people to pass the Driver Knowledge Test;
- Assisting Aboriginal people to complete supervised driving hours by providing access to learner driver mentor schemes and professional driving lessons;
- Improving the quality and access to driver licensing programs; and
- Developing a coherent and consistent whole-of-Government response with each agency cooperating to deliver its part of the solution.
- Providing referral to other casework and counselling services as necessary both within Weave and externally.
The Driving Change program is based around the licensing needs of young people in three communities: Redfern /Waterloo, Marrickville and Maroubra. It involves a range of services, designed to assist Aboriginal young people and others through the licensing system. The target group are 16 to 24 year olds, however we assist people of all ages and cultural identities, provided they meet certain eligibility criteria.
These services include, but may not be limited to:
- Case-Managing access to driver licences for young people, including helping people access birth certificates and practice the learner driver theory test
- Facilitating access to professional driving lessons for those who require them (eg taking learners for lessons personally).
- Presenting Pre-Learners information sessions (monthly or as needed) at Weave or other community services to provide as starting point for working on gaining their Ls (information session lesson plan, powerpoint and handouts already developed)
- Supervising Pre - Ls drop-in days at Weave (currently Thursdays) to enable people to work on gaining their Ls on a drop-in basis
- Assisting people to access work and development orders for clearing fines.
- Onward referral to other services as necessary
- A current NSW Drivers licence and a good driving record
- Relevant Human Services qualifications
- Experience working with Young People and knowledge of the community services sector and networks
- Excellent communication skills, including written and verbal presentation skills, diplomatic and effective liaison, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated excellent planning, organisational and time management skills.
- Demonstrated ability to manage complex caseloads, effectively plan and prioritize work with multiple priorities.
- Ability to work flexible hours and work afterhours as required.
- Demonstrated ability to utilise established referral pathways and strengths
- Demonstrated ability to work with Aboriginal young people and their families
- Ability to provide detailed reports and collect statistics for program evaluation.
- Excellent IT skills in Microsoft Office, Excel, Power Point and Access.
- Current NSW Working With Children Check Clearance for paid employment
- Professional Driving Instructor qualifications (training provided if not already attained)
Applications should include a current Resume and a document specifically responding to and outlining how you meet each of the Selection Criteria (these are listed in the job description document).
**Please note only completed applications will be assessed.**
Job description can be found on the Weave website: www.weave.org.au
Closing Date for applications is Midnight on Sunday 14 January 2018.