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Aboriginal Quitline Counsellor & Liaison Officer

Cancer Council Tasmania - Hobart, TAS

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Application Information

Aboriginal Quitline Counsellor &
Liaison Officer

For more information, please contact:
Irena Zieminski on 03 6169 1943 or email izieminski@cancertas.org.au

Thank you for your interest in the Aboriginal Quitline Counsellor & Liaison Officer role (part time, fixed term), Quit Tasmania

and Cancer Council Tasmania (CCT). This Information Package provides details about the role and how to apply. CCT uses a

merit-based selection process which means it selects preferred candidates for positions based on their demonstration of

the skills, abilities and attributes to meet the requirements of the position. This is demonstrated through application,

interview and referee checks. Candidates are short-listed from the original pool of applicants.

The Selection Panel will interview the short-listed candidates and determine the preferred candidate after referee checks.

Why work for Cancer Council Tasmania

CCT offers staff an inclusive, professional, positive work culture. As a leading not-for-profit organisation and recent

recipient of the Telstra Business Awards - Social Change Maker 2018, some of the benefits of working for CCT include:

  • Generous salary packaging including meal entertainment card availability (full & part time staff).
  • Holiday leave loading @ 17.5% (full & part time staff).
  • 20% discount on all Cancer Council retail products.
  • Close-by street parking available.
  • Professional development opportunities offered and encouraged.
  • Newly appointed modern facilities.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to provide employees with immediate confidential support to resolve
workplace & personal issues.

  • Reward Days to recognise contributions that employees make towards achieving organisational objectives.
How to Apply for the Position

  • Applicants will need to review the position description for the role included within this Application Package.
  • To be considered for the role, applicants will need to send a copy of their resume and a brief statement
addressing the selection criteria to the nominated email address below. The selection criteria are detailed on the

last page of the included position description.

  • Two or more professional referees are to be nominated in the application. Please include their telephone
number and/or email address and the relationship of each referee to yourself (e.g. supervisor). Please disclose any

conflicts of interest you may have with a referee.

  • Applications should include the title of the role in the subject field. Their statement addressing the selection
criteria and current resume including nominated referees should be forwarded electronically to:


  • For further information regarding the role or CCT, please do not hesitate to contact Irena Zieminski on 03 6169
1900 or izieminski@cancertas.org.au.

Further Information

Police Checks: Prior to any appointment, applicants are required to have a Schedule 1 National Police Certificate (no older

than 3 months), and if required a current Working with Vulnerable People Registration (employment category). Requirements will be

stipulated prior to appointment.

Health Checks: CCT does not insist on employees undergoing a pre-employment medical examination; however it is a

condition of employment that in accepting this position you are able to perform the inherent requirements of the position.

Cancer Council Tasmania
Position Description

Position Title: Aboriginal Quitline Counsellor and Liaison Officer

Department: Quit Tasmania
Location: Hobart

Status - Hours of Work: Fixed term (0.6 - 0.8 FTE) to 30 June 2022

Classification Level: SCHADS Award Level 5

Reports to: Community Engagement Coordinator/Quitline Team Leader
Last Review Date: October 2020

Key Purpose of the Role

To provide specialist evidence-based telephone tobacco smoking cessation advice and counselling to

Tasmanians, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in Tasmania.

To support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in Tasmania to quit smoking.

Liaise with Aboriginal communities to identify their needs regarding smoking cessation support.

Promote the Aboriginal Quitline service to community.

Our Organisation
CCT is a charity working to minimise the incidence and impact of cancer on all Tasmanians through

advocacy, raising awareness of cancer prevention and offering support and information to anyone

affected by the disease.

CCT’s vision is for a cancer free future. Our mission is to minimise the incidence and impact of cancer on

all Tasmanians. The values underpinning our work are: generosity, integrity, collaboration, courage and


Quit Tasmania (a program of CCT) has been leading efforts in tobacco control since 1995 through

prevention, support, research and advocacy programs. Quit Tasmania’s vision is a Tasmania free from

tobacco and its harmful effects. We aim to eliminate the harms of tobacco by preventing smoking

uptake and supporting all Tasmanians who smoke to quit for good. We accomplish this through

collaboration, partnerships and evidence based practice. Quit Tasmania is funded by the Tasmanian

Department of Health.

Quit Tasmania’s main functions include:
  • delivering the Quitline telephone counselling service
  • delivering anti-smoking social marketing campaigns
  • providing information and resources to build capacity for smoke free settings and communities
Our Work Environment
CCT is a smoke-free work environment.

CCT is committed to providing a healthy, supported and safe work environment, free from harassment

and discrimination.

Role Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities are:
  • Provide current evidence based information, advice and individualised support to assist
Tasmanians who want to quit smoking.

  • Provide culturally safe and appropriate information, advice and individualised counselling to
assist and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in Tasmania who want to


  • Assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of Quit Tasmania’s operational
strategies and practices.

  • Undertake administration processes relevant to the Quitline service.
  • Engage with Tasmanian Aboriginal communities, organisations and stakeholders to promote
Quit Tasmania’s specialist counselling services and resources.

  • Play an integral role in identifying community needs to support Tasmanian Aboriginal
communities to reduce their smoking prevalence.

  • Undertake activities and reporting requirements in accordance with funding agreements.
  • Promote the Aboriginal Quitline to the Aboriginal community.
  • Participate in team meetings, supervision, and relevant working groups.
  • Undertake other duties as determined by the Director Quit Tasmania.
Position Requirements

  • The filling of this position is in accordance with an exemption granted by the Tasmanian Anti-
Discrimination Commissioner (ref: 20/10/020) and is consistent with sections 25, 26 and 41 of

the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998. This is an identified position for only Aboriginal

and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply.

  • Formal counselling qualification (minimum Certificate IV) or related qualification e.g. Social Work,
Social Science, Community Services and demonstrated counselling experience.

  • Possession of a Tasmanian Working with Vulnerable People Card, or willingness to obtain one.
  • Demonstrated practice and understanding of cultural competence.
  • Capacity to undertake intrastate and interstate travel.
  • Ability to cover 1-2 shifts per week outside ordinary hours (up to 8.00pm, weekdays).
  • Acceptance and endorsement of the values of CCT and commitment to Quit Tasmania’s objectives
including the vision for a tobacco free Tasmania.

Cancer Council Tasmania will conduct a Police Check prior to the successful applicant’s appointment

to this role.

Selection Criteria

To apply for this role you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet the selection criteria. The

selection criteria outline the skills, experiences and behaviours that are necessary to successfully carry

out the role.

1. Formal counselling qualification (minimum Certificate IV), or related qualification e.g. Social

Work, Social Science, Community Services and demonstrated counselling experience.

2. Understanding and knowledge of psychosocial and cultural issues affecting Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander peoples.

3. Ability to relate to, and work positively with, Aboriginal people across Tasmania.

4. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

5. Well-developed organisational and time management skills.

6. Current driver’s licence and ability to undertake intrastate travel.

1. Demonstrated experience counselling people experiencing mental ill-health and emotional


2. Experience working with Aboriginal organisations.

3. Experience in community consultation and relationship development with stakeholders.

4. Smoking cessation training or the willingness to undertake relevant training.

Hobart, TAS

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