Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer

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Our employees are key to our success, and bring new and creative responses to issues and challenges we face in our work and the delivery of quality services to the Victorian community. We proactively seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, and varied cultural backgrounds. In addition, we have a firm commitment to increase participation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people across our workforce.

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Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Regulation
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: VPSG3
Work Location: North West - Loddon
Reference: VG/3626B
Closing Date: 17-Jun-2018
Salary Range: $65,713 - $79,790
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 3626 Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer - PD.doc (Word, 861KB)

Applying for a position at DJR.pdf (PDF, 160KB)

Contact: Rochelle Black on (03) 5471 1211

Position Details

About us

The Loddon Prison Precinct consists of minimum and medium security male prisons, Loddon Prison and Middleton, and a minimum security female prison, Tarrengower. The prisons are situated approximately 4km from Castlemaine and 128km to Melbourne's north-west.

About the role

As the Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer, you will be responsible for providing welfare, advocacy and support to indigenous prisoners and assisting indigenous prisoners to access appropriate pre and post release programs and entitlements to enable their reintegration into the community upon release.

In the role, you will:

  • assist Indigenous prisoners to resolve welfare matters
  • provide culturally appropriate counsel and support
  • assist Indigenous prisoners in accessing appropriate programs and entitlements to assist with their reintegration into the community
  • lead and coordinate cultural activities
  • establish and maintain effective relationships with Indigenous community organisations, prison staff and prisoners.

About you

As our ideal candidate, you will:

  • possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with members of the Victorian Koori Community
  • have strong conflict management and have the ability to build and establish effective relationships
  • have a knowledge and understanding of Indigenous prisoners and the issues affecting them
  • knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Koori Community, both society and culture and issues impacting on it.

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 submitting your application online, there will be questions pertaining to a number of the position's Key Selection Criteria to which you are required to respond.

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.

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