The aim of the Koori Community Engagement Officer is to assist in reducing the issue of over-representation of Aboriginal people in the Victorian justice system by working with Aboriginal clients when they enter the court system. In addition, the service helps Aboriginal people to maximise their chances of rehabilitation through culturally appropriate and sensitive intervention.
The purpose of this service is to:
- Assist and advise the Court of matters relating to cultural issues that exist for Koori people in Victoria
- Provide advice and access to services for Koori offenders and families that come in contact with the Court
- Raise awareness within the court system of cross-cultural issues
- Maintaining and fostering links between the Magistrates' Court, the Children's Court and the Aboriginal community
- Liaise and educate the Aboriginal community to inform them of the court processes including Koori Court, where feasible
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Koori community, both society and culture and the issues impacting on it, especially in relation to contact with the Justice System.
- The ability to communicate effectively with Victorian Aboriginal people.
- An appreciation and sensitive approach to the needs and aspirations of Victorian Aboriginal communities.
This is a designated position under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply for this position.
If you have the necessary skills and looking to work autonomously, well organised, work with diverse groups of key stakeholders, and make a difference for the Koori community within the justice space, please follow the below application process.
How to apply:
Applicants are encouraged to apply online, outlining professional skills, knowledge and personal qualities.
Applicants should include:
- a short covering letter
- completed application form (see file attachment).
You are only required to address the Key Selection Criteria listed on the Application Form. Individual responses to "key selection criteria" listed on the Position Description are not required. Attachments can be uploaded in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.
Applicants should view the full position description attached to this advertisement before applying.
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