Aboriginal Court Assessment and Prosecutions Officer

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: CCP3
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/7192SEPT
Closing Date: 10-Oct-2023
Salary Range: $83,333 - $89,661
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - (CCP3) - Aboriginal Court Assessment and Prosecutions Officer - 7192 - Ongoing - full time - Melbourne CBD.docx (Word, 538KB)

Contact: Eva Kafkalas – Manager Court Practice & Drug Court
0417 151 107 or eva.kafkalas@justice.vic.gov.au

Position Details

  • Full-time, ongoing from January 2024 based in the Melbourne CBD
  • Competitive salary plus employee benefits offered
  • Provide a dual specialist function in CCS service provision at the Courts

About us

This is a prioritised role for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, who will be given priority consideration as per the special measures provision of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

Community Correctional Services (CCS) contributes to the safety of the community by applying practices that reduce reoffending and connecting offenders to programs, services and community. CCS provides management of offenders on court orders, serious sex offenders on post sentence supervision and prisoners on parole.   

Corrections and Justice Services is committed to the delivery of responsive and culturally appropriate services that meet the objectives of the Aboriginal Justice Agreements to reduce the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people within the Criminal Justice System through the provision of correctional supports and services that reduce the risk of reoffending. 

About the role

The Aboriginal Court Assessment & Prosecutions Service (CAPS) Officer position provides a dual specialist function in CCS service provision at the Courts. As a CAPS Officer the position is responsible for supporting the operation of the Court Assessment and Prosecutions Service (CAPS), including providing high quality evidence-based advice to the Koori Court division of the Magistrates' and County Courts to assist in the sentencing process. Aboriginal CAPS Officers will also be required to work within mainstream court divisions of the Magistrates' and County Courts when the Koori Court division is not sitting. 

The position may also provide support to Aboriginal participants involved in the Melbourne Drug Court. This includes suitability assessment for Drug and Alcohol Treatment Orders (DATO) and provision of case management support to Aboriginal program participants. 

You will be required to adhere to local or regional rostering arrangements and other staffing management practices as directed. 

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Aboriginal Community, both society and culture and the issues impacting on it.
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with members of the Victorian Aboriginal community.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake assessments with complex individuals
  • Understanding of best approaches to support the needs of people who are in contact with the criminal justice systems
  • Understanding of case management
  • Experience and/or knowledge of court processes, prosecutions or related areas (desirable).

For more details regarding these positions, please contact:

Eva Kafkalas – Manager Court Practice and Drug Court on 0417 151 107 or at eva.kafkalas@justice.vic.gov.au

Information session

Interested in learning more about this position as well as other Aboriginal employment opportunities? We would like to invite you to our online info session facilitated by Recruitment Services, Department of Justice and Community and Safety where you can gain a better understanding of this role and hear about other opportunities within Community Corrections and Youth Justice (Community).

When: Tuesday 10 October 2023 at 5:30 pm

Where: Zoom. Please CLICK HERE to register your attendance.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

Applicants are welcome to utilise support from the Aboriginal Workforce unit throughout the recruitment process. Please visit https://www.justice.vic.gov.au/careers/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-island-employment for further information or email aboriginalworkforce@justice.vic.gov.au .


The Department of Justice and Community Safety is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. We seek to prevent harm of any kind impacting children and young people and have zero tolerance for racism, child abuse and inequality. Children and young people's rights, relationships, identity, and culture must be recognised and respected, their voices heard, and their concerns acted upon. We aim to foster a culturally safe, child safe and child friendly environment for all children and young people we have contact with, deliver services to, or are impacted by our work.

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