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Thank you for your interest in working for Foundation House.

We are passionate about advancing the health, wellbeing and human rights of people from refugee backgrounds who have experienced torture and trauma.

Foundation House is a child safe organisation and employment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a national Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check.

  • Work across the East and West regions
  • 12 month fixed term, full time position
  • Work with and support a diverse community

About the Organisation

The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. (also known as Foundation House) provides services to advance the health, wellbeing and human rights of people of refugee backgrounds in Victoria who have experienced torture or other traumatic events in their country of origin or while fleeing those countries. The organisation was established in Melbourne in 1987 and is non-denominational, politically neutral and non-aligned. Foundation House is a state-wide agency offering services in metropolitan, regional and rural areas, with head office based in Brunswick. We have approximately 200 staff with metropolitan regional offices in Dallas, Sunshine, Dandenong and Ringwood.

The Position

The Family Strengthening Group Facilitator will work alongside the Chin Community Liaison Worker in the East and the Chin Community Project Worker in the West to meet the aims of the project; to better understand and engage community, youth and families in discussions about the impact of trauma and resettlement on;  collective, individual,  family and community relationships; intergenerational difficulties and conflict; cross cultural difficulties and mental health. Family Strengthening Group Facilitator will work in partnership with Chin communities in the East and West to develop strategies and group work model for strengthening family relationships and community response to these issues. The Family Strengthening Group Facilitator will also work closely with stakeholder agencies to build their capacity to respond to these families, individual and community needs in effective trauma informed and culturally sensitive way.

This role is a fixed term 12 month full time position, and will require some work on the evenings and weekends.

About you

  • Ability to co-develop plan and deliver group work interventions/ programs, including psycho educative and therapeutic groups, for vulnerable populations
  • Ability to engage with community in developing responses to individual, family and community needs
  • Advanced understanding of issues affecting adults, young people, and families of refugee backgrounds
  • Experience working with bilingual co-facilitators and interpreters with individuals and groups

Salary and Benefits

Remuneration is based on our Enterprise Agreement 2014 up to $91,746, gross per annum pro rata. Benefits include generous salary packaging, leave loading, a range of flexible working options and a highly supportive team environment.

Conditional employment requirements:

  1. Satisfactory police check
  2. Working with Children Check
  3. Proof of the right to work and live in Australia


VFST is an equal opportunity employer.

VFST promotes the safety and well-being of children.


The right to live and work in Australia is an essential requirement of this role.


Applications for this position close COB Monday 26 October 2020.

Applicants must submit:

Please email applications to Zaheera Deen, Human Resources Officer, at

For any enquiries regarding the position please contact Jasmina Mulugeta, on 9389 8711 or Julia Doherty, on 9389 8773.

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