Work for Kookaburra Kids

Kookaburra Kids is a growing, exciting not for profit organisation providing exceptional services and support to children who live in families affected by mental illness.

We are a collaborative, creative and fun team, who are passionate about a making effective positive difference to the lives of many vulnerable children.


We are always on the look out for talented people who are passionate about making a difference to join our team.

NSW Admin/Camp Assistant

We are seeking an enthusiastic and energetic person to fill the role of NSW Admin/Camp Assistant.

The role will be a permanent full time position starting January 2018. The ability to work on weekends will be required occasionally.

The successful applicant will be responsible for:

  • Registration of referrals for camps and activities into the database, confirmation with parents/guardians of attendance
  • Responding to inbound inquiry calls and complete the intake process
  • Supporting the Camp Coordinator to deliver weekend camps and day activities
  • Supporting the Camp Coordinator to liaise with NSW families/activities/camp accommodation/third-party services/and transport providers
  • Support volunteers in collaboration with Volunteer Manager
  • Contribute to the development, production and distribution of a national kid’s newsletter
  • Provide overall administration support for the programs and prepare resources for each camp/activity

Essential experience or skills:

  • Engaging and supporting large groups of kids aged 8-18 years
  • Assisting the coordination and delivery of recreational programs
  • Knowledge of using computer systems, databases and expenditure management
  • Producing newsletters and presentations to groups
  • Full drivers license

Personal Attributes:

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, written and oral skills
  • Knowledge and interest in the NGO sector, particularly youth mental health
  • Exceptional attention to detail, organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to monitor personal workload and manage own time
  • Ability to foster internal and external relationships with key stakeholders
  • Ability to promote a strong, positive work culture

To Apply:
Via the link on or email [email protected] with CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria.

NSW Clinical Consultant/Camp Counsellor

We are looking for a number of energetic and creative mental health clinicians to provide clinical support during AKKF’s recreational and educational camps. AKKF camps provide young people (aged 8-18) living in families affected by mental illness with psychoeducation, support, and social networking opportunities in a fun, positive, and safe environment. Camps also involve a number of creative and adventurous outdoor activities such as canoeing, go carts, craft, and laser tag. AKKF camps are typically held over a weekend at various locations in NSW, ACT and will soon be expanding to QLD and the NT!

Clinicians will also be offered the opportunity to travel interstate. Successful applicants will be required to attend a minimum of three camps per yearThe ability to work on weekends is essential. 

The Clinical Consultant/Camp Counsellor role is a casual position.

Key responsibilities:
Prior to and During Camp:

  • Review participant files and relevant documentation to identify areas of clinical concern prior to departure
  • Support camp leaders to monitor and manage clinical issues during camp and to record daily progress notes
  • Provide individual support to participants where emotional/behavioural/social difficulties are identified
  • Consult with Camp Coordinators, Clinical & Research Manager and National Program Manager regarding areas of clinical importance (e.g. risk management)

Competencies and Experience Required:
Post Camp:

  • Provide clinical follow-up (as required) within 5 days following camp. For example, providing handover to referrers, arranging follow up support services, making child protection reports
  • Complete relevant forms (i.e. camper follow up template, incident report forms, surveys) and send to the Clinical & Research Manager or National Program Manager
  • Ensure all clinical information is appropriately documented on the database and/or emailed to relevant manager(s)

Selection Criteria:

  • Post-graduate study in Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or Nursing with current AHPRA/ AASW/ ACMHN registration
  • Experience working in child and adolescent community mental health, at or above: Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapist Level 3, Social Worker Level 3, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Demonstrated skills in assessment, treatment, and care planning of child and adolescent mental health problems and family relationship problems.
  • Demonstrated experience in multidisciplinary teamwork including leadership, supervision and liaison skills
  • Computer literacy and demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to attend a minimum of three camps per calendar year

A Police Check and Working With Children’s check will be undertaken on successful applicants.

To Apply:
Via the link on or email [email protected] with CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria.


Northern Territory NT Intake/Volunteer Coordinator

The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic person to fill the role of the NT Defence Intake/ Volunteer Coordinator and become part of our passionate team. The successful candidate will require serving and ex-serving defence connections within the NT.

The primary aim of this position is to oversee and coordinate the Australian Kookaburra Kids process for incoming referrals of kids ages 8-18 years from the NT and to oversee and coordinate the volunteer recruitment process for NT. This role will be a permanent full time position based in NT starting December/January.

The successful applicant will be responsible for:

  • Developing role descriptions, advertise where necessary, coordinate, conduct interviews and retaining and rewarding volunteers
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with collaborators and referral channels within the serving and ex-serving Defence community
  • Respond to inbound inquiry calls and complete the intake process
  • Provide monthly statistical data and report to manager

Essential experience or skills

  • Excellent communicator and confident presentation skills
  • Serving and ex-serving defence connections
  • Managing stakeholders including serving and ex-serving Defence organisations and schools
  • Knowledge or using computer systems and databases
  • Engaging, coordinating and supporting large teams of volunteers

Desirable criteria

  • Qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Knowledge and interest in the NGO sector

To Apply:
Via email [email protected] with CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria.