Become a Burdekin Foster Carer


At Burdekin we believe, every young person has the right to a life that offers opportunities to fulfill their potential. If you share this belief, we would love to hear from you.

Burdekin Foster Carers are adults who have been assessed and authorised to provide accommodation, care and support to a young person.

Foster Carers work as a team together with our staff and the young person to enable them to thrive and develop independence.

To be a Burdekin Foster Carer you must...

Successfully complete the assessment process, including background and suitability checks.

  • enjoy the company of teenagers, like spending time with and listening to them.
  • appreciate the culture of youth.
  • be non-judgemental of young people and respect their views.
  • be accessible to young people and help with difficulties as they arise.
  • be a positive role model.
  • be a team player with a sense of humour and tolerance of difference.
  • be confident with managing young people’s behaviour.
  • be willing to participate in ongoing mandatory training.
  • be willing to participate in meetings as required.
  • be open to feedback and to take on board comments.

You will need to have a clear Working With Children Check and a National Police Check to be apply to be a Carer.

A Foster Carer Provides...

  • practical assistance with daily tasks as needed.
  • a positive environment in which successes are acknowledged.

With support from our staff, a Foster Carer also provides...

  • assistance with a young person’s chosen goals such as opportunities to learn and practise living skills.
  • clear and negotiated boundaries and limits for young people within the home.
  • feedback to young people about appropriate behaviour and community expectations.
  • facilitation of negotiated and agreed strategies to guide young people towards achieving positive outcomes.

We inspire HOPE.

Hear it in their own words:

Are you interested in being a Burdekin carer?

We acknowledge the Aboriginal people of the Cadigal and Gayamaygal Clans. We acknowledge the Country on which we live, work, and gather as being Aboriginal land.

We acknowledge the lands, waterways and skies that are connected to Aboriginal people. We honour them and pay our deepest respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

We respect their rightful place within our communities, and we value their ancient cultural knowledge and practices.

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We deeply respect that this will always be Aboriginal land and we will honour and follow the first peoples’ values in caring for the Country and for preserving their culture.

We deeply value that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the oldest living culture in the world and we will continue to work with their peoples and communities to ensure their cultures endure and remain strong.