TEACHER (2 to 3 days/week)

ICYS seeks to employ a suitably qualified and experienced professional to fill the following position:

Title: Teacher
Program: Community Youth Response & Diversion (CYRD)
Term: Casual
Location: Based at ICYS, 15-17 Thorn Street IPSWICH (and other ICYS office locations when requested) 
Award: Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (QLD TPEO rates) Level 4.1 ($46.93/hour, casual)
Responsible to: CYRD Team Leader and ICYS Programs Manager
Accountable to: ICYS CEO and ICYS Management Committee

 About ICYS:

ICYS Ipswich Community Youth Service, a not-for-profit community based organisation, has been providing assistance and support to at-risk children, young people, their families and their communities in the Ipswich and surrounding regions since 1983.  As a multi-service organisation, ICYS provides a range of support programs and activities to assist and empower young people to make positive choices and decisions for their future. 

For 38 years, ICYS has been providing support and assistance to children and young people based on individual need including assistance with educational engagement, housing and homelessness, vocational training, employment assistance, crime prevention & intervention, information, referral, advocacy, practical assistance, drop-in, emergency relief and recreational activities in the Ipswich and surrounding regions. 

Each year ICYS provides direct services to thousands of children and young people across five Local Government Areas (Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and the western suburbs of Brisbane) from our offices in Ipswich and Lowood.

Program Outline:

The Community Youth Response and Diversion (CYRD) program is a Queensland Government funded initiative that aims to provide a culturally appropriate, alternative intervention to police charging and/or remanding young people in custody. The initiative aims to reduce the number of young people being held in watch houses and detention. CYRD initiatives have been rolled out in a number of locations around the state and is targeted at young people aged 10 to 15 who are at high risk of offending/re-offending and present with multiple complex issues that increase the likelihood of a trajectory of offending, with a focus on those that are disproportionately represented in the Youth Justice system, in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. 

The Ipswich CYRD is place-based and locally driven, and is comprised of four components, of which ICYS are contracted to deliver on three:

  1. After hours outreach and diversion service (operating six nights a week);
  2. Intensive case management (operating Monday to Friday during business hours);
  3. Bridging to Education (operating 2-3 days/week); and
  4. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural mentoring (delivered by Kambu Health).

Position Outline:

The Teacher provides creative, responsive and supportive strategies to address the needs of young people aged 10-15, with the aim of positively engaging young people to build their capacity to re-engage with appropriate education services.  The priority is to engage young people who are completely disengaged from education and meet the criteria listed in the Program Outline above.  The Teacher will provide learning support to address low literacy and numeracy, anxiety, poor engagement and low confidence.  Teaching can be provided one-on-one or in small groups, can be creative in nature, and can utilise curriculum resources from our partner, Vocational Training Queensland, where the Teacher assesses young people would benefit from more structured learning.   In short, teaching is individual to the needs and capacity of the young person.  

Where capacity allows, the Teacher can support the young person, and advocate with education providers, to transition young people to flexi-schools or mainstream education when the young person is ready.  The teacher will work alongside other staff in the CYRD program, and across the organisation, in a community based setting.  

We welcome Teachers who are seeking a rewarding change to the usual, who understand the impact trauma has on young brains, and can develop individualised creative learning activities to engage disadvantaged and disengaged young people.  


  • Submit an application letter expressing your interest in this position to bso@icys.org.au (maximum 2 pages)
  • Explain how you meet the Position Outline stated above
  • This letter must be accompanied by a current resume including at least 2 referees (at least one must be a recent supervisor).

Applications close Midday Wednesday 1st September 2021.