Project Support Officer - Koori Youth Justice Taskforce

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Department: Department of Justice and Regulation
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/YJ1827
Closing Date: 19-Dec-2018
Salary Range: $82,574 - $93,689
Job Duration: 18 Months
Attachments: Position Description - Project Support Officer - YJ1827.pdf (PDF, 356KB)

Contact: Paula Murray, Manager
0458 367 019

Position Details

  • Full time, fixed term opportunity for 18 months based in Parkville
  • Salary range $82,574 - $93,689 plus superannuation
  • Contribute to improving the safety, education, health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal children and young people in youth justice

About us

The Department of Justice and Regulation is responsible for the supervision of children and young people in the criminal justice system.

The Koori Youth Justice Taskforce (Taskforce) has been established in response to the Youth Justice Review and Strategy: meeting needs and reducing offending report. In partnership with the Commission for Children and Young People (Commission), the Taskforce will review each Aboriginal young person involved in youth justice services within a six month period.  It is anticipated that the Taskforce will run for an 18 month duration. 

The main objectives of the Taskforce are to:

  • inform and improve the safety, education, health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal children and young people currently in youth justice, both in communities and detention
  • inform future planning and research to identify and address the causes of overrepresentation of Aboriginal children and young people in youth justice
  • identify existing barriers to the achievement of positive outcomes for Aboriginal children and young people in youth justice.

About the role

As the Project Support Officer, you will be part of the Koori Youth Justice Operations team supporting the department's contribution to the work of the Taskforce. You will provide high level assistance to the Senior Project Coordinator to ensure delivery of the Taskforce objectives. This will include aiding regional inputs through case preparation and presentations, liaison and information sharing, data collection and analysis support work.

This position is based at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct though regular travel throughout Victoria will be required.

This is an Aboriginal identified position. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Aboriginal Community, both society and culture and the issues impacting on it
  • ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with members of the Victorian Aboriginal community
  • experience in project record keeping and minute taking.

Understanding of the youth justice system and/or a tertiary qualification in a relevant field is also desirable.

For more information on the accountabilities and key selection criteria for the role, please refer to the attached position description.

Why work with us?

At the Department of Justice and Regulation, we provide every person with the means to achieve their potential through ongoing learning and development opportunities in a diverse, equitable and supportive environment.

All candidates are given the opportunity to utilise support from the Aboriginal Employment Team throughout the recruitment process with the team contactable via email at

We have various staff support networks in place including a state-wide Aboriginal Employee Network, Aboriginal Youth Network and regional Aboriginal Staff Networks. These networks assist in developing and retaining Aboriginal staff through peer support, professional and personal development, establishing connections and providing valuable cultural peer support from other Aboriginal staff members.

Also available to all Aboriginal staff working within the Department is the Aboriginal career development program and Aboriginal Career Development fund, providing an opportunity to undertake formal, structured career development opportunities. 

We look for people who are prepared to do their very best in line with our values and behaviours. Our values shape and influence how we recruit, train and develop our staff and build relationships with stakeholders.

How to apply

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

Please note: When completing the online application form, you will be required to respond to specific questions pertaining to the position's Key Selection Criteria. You do not need to separately address all of the position's Key Selection Criteria.

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