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HIPPY Home Tutor - Fitzroy

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Work type: Casual
Location: Fitzroy
Categories: Child Welfare, Youth and Family Services, Other

Summary of program and its objectives:

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is an early childhood enrichment and parenting program that works with parents/carers of young children. Through regular home visiting and group activities, parents/carers are provided with the materials, skills and confidence to enable them to better support their children in foundation literacy skills and preparation for a successful start to school life.

Main responsibilities of the role:   

HIPPY Home Tutors are parents or carers involved in the HIPPY program with their child, either currently or in the past 12 months.  HIPPY Tutors are employed for the 2 years of the program to provide peer support and deliver the HIPPY program activities to approximately 10-15 families in a positive and engaging way, during Home Visits and Group Meetings.

We are seeking to employ new Home Tutors for our Fitzroy program to work with parents enrolled in the program during 2020 and 2021.  This position is open to parents/careers who will be enrolled in the HIPPY Fitzroy program with their own child in 2020/21, or have participated in the program in the previous 12 months. The role will involve meeting regularly with other parents/carers who are participating in the program, to support them to use simple activities/materials with their children, and to share common learning experiences.

To meet the selection criteria, candidates will require:

  • Enrolment in, and commitment to, the HIPPY program with own child, or with a child you have regular contact with, during the two years (approx.) of the program or, have been enrolled and participated in the program during the previous 12 months
  • Interest and enthusiasm in supporting other families with the ability to utilise a positive and encouraging approach, and to work flexibly
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to build effective relationships and liaise across all levels both internally, externally and with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to identify problems and participate in effectively resolving these, as required 
  • Well-developed organisational and time management skills with the ability to plan workload, prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Good level of literacy in English, including reading and writing
  • Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.
  • Second language shared by families in the HIPPY program
  • Qualification in Community Services or other relevant field
  • Current Victorian Drivers Licence and access to a reliable car

Other requirements: 

  • Access to reliable child care for your children during HIPPY working hours.
  • Ability to work on Tuesdays (from 9.15 am), and at least two other week-days from Monday to Thursday.
  • There will be 4 - 5 days of training (9.30 am - 3 pm) in the first two weeks of employment.

The position is casual, with hours as required. Salary will be in the range of $27.56 - $30.07 plus 25% casual loading, based on skills and experience. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available.

For further information about the role please phone Marisa Pizzini or Gracie Munari, HIPPY Coordinators, on 9426 1575.

As part of the Brotherhood’s recruitment and selection process, applicants will be required to undergo pre-employment checks as required, applicants will be subject to, but not limited to, the following checks: National (and International if applicable) Police Check, Victorian Employee Working with Children Check, Right to Work in Australia, Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme Check and current professional registration.

To Apply: 

Applicants are required to submit a resume, cover letter and address Key Selection Criteria separately.

Please send your written application to: Marisa Pizzini, Connie Benn Centre, 160 Brunswick Street Fitzroy 3065 or email to

Applications close: 25th November 2019


The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a vision of an Australia free of Poverty. We embrace, and value, diversity of culture, working arrangements, sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure our workforce is representative of the community that we work within. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include and welcome unique contributions of all people. We embrace and celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their skills and contribution to our organisation. 

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