Coordinator of Indigenous Social Work Education

Melbourne, Australia
$114,645 - $136,136 p.a. (pro rata) plus 17% super
14 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
08 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Part Time

Job no: 0060024
Location: Parkville
Role type: Part-time; Continuing
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Social Work, School of Health Sciences
Salary: Level B – $114,645 - $136,136 p.a. (pro rata) plus 17% super

Only Indigenous Australians are eligible to apply as this position is exempt under the Special Measure Provision, Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic)

  • Lead Indigenous curriculum innovation in a prestigious academic environment.
  • Shape a specialised Indigenous student pathway for impactful social work education.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity to lead transformative initiatives in Indigenous social work education within an esteemed academic team. As the Coordinator of Indigenous Social Work Education, you will play a pivotal role in implementing the School of Health Sciences' Indigenous Curriculum Framework and developing a culturally enriched experience within our Master of Social Work course. You'll also co-ordinate the development of a specialist Indigenous student pathway, fostering a supportive cohort-based learning experience.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Lead and co-ordinate the development of the MSW specialist Indigenous student pathway for a 2025 delivery.
  • Collaboratively implement a coherent horizontal Indigenous curriculum for the MSW that includes both content and assessment.
  • Teach into the subject, SCWK90063 Social Work Practice: Indigenous Peoples, within the MSW program.
  • Advocate for Indigenous Knowledges, participate in committees, and contribute to strategic planning and policy development.

Who We Are Looking For

You are someone who shows initiative and innovation in graduate curriculum development for culturally safe clinical practice. You possess a deep understanding of Indigenous community engagement and excel in both independent and collaborative teamwork, with strong organisational and communication skills.

You will also have:

  • Eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers 
  • PhD or substantial progress towards completion, or relevant graduate qualification in social work or education, with experience in curriculum design.
  • Evidence of teaching experience and demonstrated understanding of influencing factors supporting Indigenous graduate pathways.
  • Sound understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing and their application in teaching and learning.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team –Department of Social Work

Since 2009, Social Work has been a vital part of the School of Health Sciences within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne. Established in 1940, we are a leading department in the Asia-Pacific region, known for our significant research contributions and strong connections with government agencies, NGOs, professional bodies, and international social work institutions.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.  

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Tara Amini via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position

Applications close: 8 October 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description:  0060024_Coordinator of Indigenous Social Work Education_PD.pdf

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