Last published 02 Feb 2018
FACS Housing is looking for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff
Who are we?
FACS Housing is a NSW government agency. We help people in NSW who need emergency, temporary or long-term housing.
What do we do?
FACS Housing is part of the social housing industry. We provide the following services for our clients:
- Public housing - help people into public housing homes
- Community housing – fund not-for-profit organisations to provide housing
- Aboriginal housing – manage properties owned by the Aboriginal Housing Office
- Rental assistance – provide financial help to lowincome households renting privately
- Special assistance – provide subsidies for people with disabilities or living with HIV/AIDS who rent privately
- Home purchase assistance – provide advice and financial help for home buyers
- Temporary accommodation – help people who have been made homeless because of an emergency or other reasons
- Programs to help our communities – on some housing estates we provide assistance with job seeking and training for tenants.
In 1998, I was offered work experience with Housing... later I got a traineeship... I couldn’t recommend a better place to work
— Lisa Kennedy
Why would you look for a job with FACS Housing?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people work in FACS Housing offices across the state.
Currently, there are just under 100 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander staff in FACS Housing, a number which is well in excess of the NSW Government’s benchmark for NSW public sector agencies.
FACS Housing has many jobs that you can apply for, including:
- client service officers
- senior client service officers
- policy officers
- project officers
- technical officers
- identified Aboriginal specialist positions and
- Aboriginal school-based traineeship
- many more
The jobs offer variety, the opportunity to learn and progress and, importantly, the opportunity to make a difference.
What support is there for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in FACS Housing?
For clients: Service Improvement Team
FACS Housing has an Aboriginal Service Improvement team. The Team was formed to improve service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.
For staff: Aboriginal Reference Group (ARG)
FACS Housing has a staff reference group that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service delivery and staffing. Members of the Aboriginal Reference Group want to make positive changes for Aboriginal staff and clients.
Aboriginal Employment Strategy
FACS Housing has an Aboriginal Employment Strategy which identifies the strategic priorities for recruiting and training Aboriginal staff and providing career paths for them
What opportunities are there for development?
FACS Housing has:
- an induction program for all new employees
- on-the-job training and, in some cases, scholarship and sponsorship programs
- an Aboriginal Buddy Program for Aboriginal trainees new to FACS Housing, which provides a staff network, job guidance, orientation to FACS Housing and help for new staff to settle in
- an award winning Aboriginal Mentoring Program which matches an Aboriginal staff member with a more experienced staff member to open up career opportunities
- assistance with career guidance and planning.
What working conditions could I expect?
Public sector employment conditions including:
- flexible work hours and flex leave
- 20 days recreation leave each year
- family and community service leave
- flexible work arrangements for some positions, including job-share, part-time work, work from home
- employee assistance programs, including free counselling service
- competitive salary at entry level and onwards.
Where can I find more information?
Information about current positions vacant, how to apply and the organisation is available in the about us section of our website.