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General Questions

Thriving Futures is an early learning workforce development program focused on recruiting, training and retaining a quality, sustainable early learning workforce in remote and regional communities throughout Australia.

We have opportunities available now for those with a Certificate III or Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and / or those with previous experience working with children to join child care centres in the Pilbara.

You need to be at least 17 years and 6 months of age to be employed through Thriving Futures or to participate in The Academy. There are exemptions to this, please visit the education.wa.edu.au website for further information.

Yes, get in touch with us today via 1300 66 11 64 or recruitment@thrivingfutures.org.au and we will be able to answer all your questions about starting your career in Early Childhood Education and Care.

All applicants are presented to participating child care centres for an interview. We will support you through the process and all endeavours will be made to secure you employment; however, we do not have control over a centre’s final decision.

There are no differences between the three terms.

At Thriving Futures, we use the term Early Learning Centre. Centres are a place for children from birth to five years to receive high quality full-time or part-time education and care from qualified and experienced Educators.

Early Learning Centres provide enriched learning and play environments enabling children to develop important lifelong skills, friendships and enhanced school readiness.

OSHC stands for Outside of School Hours Care and is the name commonly given to services that provide education and care to school age children before / after school and during school holidays.

Educators are those who care for the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of infants and children in different care settings such as an Early Learning Centre or Outside of School Hours Care (OSHC) service.

The Academy

The Academy is a work-readiness program that provides those without qualifications or previous experience in Early Childhood Education and Care with a fast tracked pathway to commence formal qualifications and a career in the sector.

No, qualifications or previous experience aren’t required. However, it is crucial that you have a genuine interest in a career in Early Childhood Education and Care to participate.

No, you don’t need to live in the Pilbara currently; you will however need to have plans to relocate to the region upon graduation from The Academy to be eligible to participate.

No, The Academy is a FREE work-readiness program.

We recommend that you do at least 5 hours per day, but we can tailor your learning journey to suit your individual circumstances. We will discuss this with you in further detail once your application has been accepted.

It will be face to face and / or online learning. We can tailor this according to your learning style, work schedule and availability.

Police Clearance and Working with Children Check

Application forms can be obtained from your local Australia Post Outlet.

Yes, you will be responsible for the cost of your Police Clearance and Working with Children Check.

You will be invited to provide further information regarding the offence so that we’re able to fairly assess whether you will be able to meet the requirements of the job.

Police Clearance – Please visit police.wa.gov.au for further information.

Working With Children Check – Please visit workingwithchildren.wa.gov.au for further information.

COVID-19

No, at present you do not have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to work in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting. Staff will be notified promptly should this change.

Yes, Educators are crucial to providing stability, a safe environment and opportunities for children’s education and wellbeing in times of disruption and uncertainty. Centres will remain open unless there are extreme circumstances that put staff, children and their families at risk.

Partnership Opportunities

We are deeply committed to addressing the shortage of childcare availability in remote and regional communities across Australia, and we welcome the opportunity to partner with like-minded organisations. Contact us today on 1300 66 11 64 or support@thrivingfutures.org.au for further information on partnership opportunities.

International Candidates

COVID-19

Yes, you will be required to go into government approved mandatory quarantine for 14 days from arrival. Some exemptions apply, please visit the health.gov.au website to find out more. We are unable to cover any costs associated with your quarantine stay.

No, at present you do not have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to work in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting in Australia.

Visas

To explore the visa options available for those looking to study or work in Australia, please visit the immi.homeaffairs.gov.au website for more information.

Only certain people can help you with completing a visa application form or other visa matters, please visit the immi.homeaffairs.gov.au website for further information.

Processing times vary depending on the visa you have applied for and can be impacted by application volumes, seasonal peaks, complex cases and incomplete applications. To view estimated processing times, please visit the immi.homeaffairs.gov.au website for more information.

Sponsorship

No sorry, we are unable to sponsor employee visas.

Moving to the Pilbara

No sorry, unless specified in the job description, we do not offer relocation assistance packages. We recommend speaking to a financial advisor should you require financial support.

No sorry, unless specified in the job description, you won’t be provided with accommodation.

Newman Airport is approximately 11 kilometers south of the town of Newman, there are close to 50 flights per week between Newman and Perth. There is no public transport to or from the airport however there are taxi and rent a car facilities available.

Port Hedland International Airport is conveniently located a short 10-minute drive from Port Hedland township. There is no public transport to or from the airport however there are taxi, ride share and rent a car facilities available.

Public transport is available in Port Hedland, for service and fare information visit the TransRegional website. There is no public transport available in Newman. We strongly recommend obtaining a driver’s license and purchasing a vehicle to enable you to easily move within the town and surrounds.

How close are Newman and Port Hedland to Perth?

Transport Newman Port Hedland
Fly 3.5 Hours 4 Hours
Drive 12.5 Hours 17 Hours
Bus Charter 15.5 Hours 22 Hours

*Times are approximate, please check with service providers for further information.

Visit the Services Australia website to check eligibility requirements, understand the application process and to submit your application.

Depending on your visa, you may be required to take out private health insurance. There are a number of private health insurance schemes in Australia from a variety of providers. To see what coverage is available simply Google “Private health insurance Australia”. Popular, reputable providers include HBF, HCF, nib, Medibank, ahm and Bupa.

Qualifications

To access a list of approved qualifications, please visit the acecqa.gov.au website. If your qualifications do not match what is listed, please contact us directly on 1300 66 11 64 or email recruitment@thrivingfutures.org.au to discuss in further detail.

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