Aboriginal Liaison Officer

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: YJW2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: DOJ/ALO1720723
Closing Date: 27-Feb-2024
Salary Range: $74,580 - $85,766
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Aboriginal Liaison Officer.docx (Word, 543KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Nakia Firebrace
0461 452 706 or nakia.firebrace@justice.vic.gov.au

Position Details

Aboriginal Liaison Officer - Youth Justice Victoria

  • This role is a unique opportunity for Aboriginal individuals to work with and for their communities, facilitating support and rehabilitation among Aboriginal young people in custody.
  • Salary between $74,580 and $84,917 annually, plus superannuation, in the YJW2 role.
  • Deliver individualised support to Aboriginal young people in custody, making a meaningful difference in their lives.
  • Multiple roles available!

This is an Aboriginal designated position, classified under 'special measures' of section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.

Make a difference in your community by supporting Aboriginal young people in custody. By working with them to deliver culturally appropriate programs for successful rehabilitation, you can help these young people to make remarkable changes in their lives.

Youth Justice Custodial Services aim to engage children and young people in change by addressing their offending behaviour and equipping them with the skills required for positive community participation.

Victoria has three custodial precincts that cater to their needs by offering innovative services aimed at reducing reoffending: Parkville Youth Justice Centre and Cherry Creek Youth Justice Facility.

The opportunity:

Working across our two youth justice precincts, you will be responsible for actively engaging Aboriginal  young people in custody.

As the Aboriginal Liaison Officer, you will contribute towards developing culturally appropriate individualised plans that provide culturally specific support to them, their families and their community. You will also identify risks that may contribute to re-offending and work towards minimising and managing these risks.

These efforts will aim to identify strengths, aspirations, and obtainable goals, to enable a return to a non-offending lifestyle in the community. 

The role will also involve developing effective relationships with a range of Elders, community and professional groups, as well as providing secondary consultation to internal and external staff.  

The Role Benefits:

  • Cultural Insight & Support: Benefit from ongoing cultural guidance from the Aboriginal led Management Team.
  • Boost Your Earnings: Receive generous Rotation and On Call Allowances, substantially increasing your salary.
  • Flexible Work-Life Balance: Enjoy adaptable hours to fit your life, including weekend options, ideal for students and those with caring responsibilities
  • Generous Leave: Take advantage of 5 weeks annual leave and comprehensive leave options for life's important moments.
  • NAIDOC week leave and paid Cultural and Ceremonial leave available
  • Professional Development: Access to training like Cert IV in Youth Work and ongoing educational opportunities.
  • Career Stability & Growth: Secure a role within the Victorian Public Service, with clear paths for progression and internal job access.
  • Clear Success Framework: Work confidently with a transparent performance and development framework.
  • Relocation Assistance Available: To support your transition into our team, eligible new employees can access up to $10,000 in reimbursement for relocation expenses. This assistance covers necessary costs such as travel, temporary accommodation, and furniture removal, ensuring a smooth move to join us (conditions apply)

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • An understanding of the Aboriginal community, society and culture and the issues impacting on them. You will also have the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with members of the Aboriginal community. 
  • A sound knowledge of evidence-based interventions for Aboriginal children and young people is required and you will be able to provide tailored assistance such as mentoring, motivating, advocacy and skills development. 

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

For more information on the skills and experience that we are looking for in our new team members, please read the job description document attached and or contact Nakia Firebrace on 0461 452 706 or at nakia.firebrace@justice.vic.gov.au

If your application progress post interview *You will be required to provide confirmation of Aboriginality (COA) as this is a requirement of the role and under the special measures act of section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. 

We will be holding an information session Thursday 22nd February 2024 at 6.00pm at Parkville Youth Justice Precinct - 900 Park St, Parkville VIC 3052.  If you would like to learn more and the role, working in Youth Justice and the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Please register here to attend our information session on Thursday 22nd February 2024 at 6.00pm.

REGISTER HERE -> https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/aboriginal-liaison-officer-information-session-tickets-824657531877?aff=oddtdtcreator

Applications close: 11:59pm, Tuesday 27 February 2024.

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.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

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 .

Building better futures

Young people can work on getting their lives back on track. Their efforts are supported by programs and services backed by world-leading research on rehabilitation. We want young people to return home with the confidence that they can thrive in their own communities

Important Information:


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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