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Act for Kids

  • 100 - 500 employees

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The Act for Kids Story

Act for Kids is a for-purpose organisation that delivers evidence-based professional therapy and support services to children and families, who have experienced or are at risk of harm. We have helped thousands of children and families for over 30 years.

Through prevention, treatment, research, education and advocacy, we are committed to supporting thousands of children, young people and their families.

As a 'for purpose' organisation, or Not for Profit (NFP), the fundamental values and purpose of the business to ensure all children have a safe and happy childhood free of abuse and neglect, are met as a priority versus coming second to shareholder returns. The passion and drive of the team to fund-raise and apply for government funding and grants, is all to ensure we can provide more help and support to as many children and families as possible.

Act for Kids offers supportive team environments, with a big focus on staff wellbeing and the offer of flexible working arrangements. In the FNQ region, team days are regularly scheduled throughout the year, building morale and further supporting staff wellbeing. A core part of working in any team throughout Act for Kids is structured line manager and team member led one on one's, also known in the industry as Supervision, offering support and professional guidance monthly.

Act for Kids is the 2019 HRD Magazine Employer of Choice winner in the 100-499 Employees Category.

We are also proud to be recognised as a top performing company in the categories of Excellence in Leadership, Work-life Balance, and Health and Wellbeing. What makes this award special is that it is based on employee votes.

The Recruitment Process

1. The recruitment and selection process

Roles are advertised on SEEK, Ethical Careers and the Act for Kids Website. All applications must be lodged online with a Resume, Cover Letter, Academic Transcript and if relevant, proof of right to Work in Australia.

Initial screening will include a phone interview with the hiring manager, usually 20-30 minutes is all that is required.

Formal interviews are held face to face, with a panel of up to 3 team members. Depending on the level of role, this will include the hiring manager and their line manager, and another representative from their team.

Preferred candidates after the formal interview will be contacted to confirm their referees. A minimum of two previous line managers are required for the reference checks. A Cultural Interview will also be arranged with the FNQ Region's Cultural Advisor.

Depending on the role, psychometric testing may also be requested. This will be done during the Reference Checking and Cultural Interview stage.

2. The selection criteria

The successful applicants will meet the core requirements of the role for which they have applied. This includes, skills and experience, tertiary level qualification relevant to the field.

Additionally, the successful applicant will share experiences which align with the core values of the organisation, making them the right fit for the team culturally. With a strong passion for and advocacy for children and families at risk of harm, our team members believe all children deserve a safe, happy, healthy childhood.

Remuneration & Career prospects

Salaries or casual hourly rates are aligned to the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability (SCHADS) Award 2010. Packages include base salary plus Superannuation, with four weeks annual leave and ten days personal leave a part of Full Time and Part Time (pro rata) packages.

On top of the annual salary, Act for Kids offers the workplace benefits of salary packaging and leasing a car, to recognise and reward you for your hard work. As a team member of a charity or not-for-profit organisation you could reduce your income tax by salary packaging (also known as 'salary sacrifice'). Salary packaging is permitted by the Australian Taxation Office and allows you to pay for certain expenses with pre-tax dollars. You could salary package your ​mortgage, rent, personal loan repayments, private health insurance premiums, HECS repayments, a vehicle via a novated lease, gas or electricity bills​ groceries and much more

The organisation regularly advertises internally for Acting arrangements in higher level roles, or within other programs. These may be in our region, or anywhere else around the country.

All team members receive Supervision monthly, to ensure they are supported professionally in their role, and will also complete an annual Performance Development Plan to ensure their career goals are on track.

Other benefits include our Employee Assistance Program which offers MyCoach - Specialist Coaches who are trained to assist you with everything from mental health, family and relationship issues, challenges at work, dealing with grief, improving exercise and sleep and everything in between​ - all with the utmost confidence. MyCoach support is available for individuals, people leaders and executives.​​

2. BeneHub: is an interactive online space where you can access a vast library of health and wellbeing resources ​​anywhere, anytime from their preferred device.

Other benefits include: Paid Parental Leave, discounts with Oaks Hotels and Resorts, Paid study leave and ongoing professional development opportunities both internally and externally.

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