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English Teacher | Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre - Brunswick

Uniting (Victoria And Tasmania)
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Join a passionate team working together to support people seeking asylum in Melbourne. The Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre (ASWC) works with the most vulnerable asylum seekers living lawfully in the community while they await the outcome of their claims for protection.

The ASWC provides community meals, foodbank, English classes, a gardening program, computer classes, music group, employment services, and brief interventions in addition to a host of seasonal programs. In working collectively with volunteers, we aim to ensure the people we support feel safe and have opportunities for health, happiness and success.

The English program for people seeking asylum aims to build proficiency in the English language, one of the most fundamental needs of this group and the gateway to the Australian community.

English classes are a core function of the ASWC, and a profound need of people seeking asylum, many of whom arrive in Australian without any English capacity. Our program aims to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment.

The role of the English Teachers is to design and implement English classes for one two-hour session per week, covering a range of topics, both of their choosing and of those requested by consumers. Classes should develop and build skills in written and verbal communication, grammar, spelling, and fluency, and be flexible enough to respond to the diverse needs of learners with differing levels of language capacity in the one classroom. It is expected that the English Teacher will plan and prepare classes using the ASWC's resource library and any additional resources they wish to contribute. Commitment: one class per week in collaboration with another teacher for minimum 12 months.


Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, employment with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and relevant Working with Children Check in your State prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking.

It is a condition of engagement that all eligible workforce in Victoria receive the COVID-19 vaccination and supporting evidence may be requested in order to perform duties at any of Uniting’s workplaces.

Uniting is also committed to equal opportunity and ensuring the workplace is reflective of the community. We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.