Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Other
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG3
Work Location: Melbourne - Western Metro
Reference: VG/4449/2020
Closing Date: 01-Mar-2020
Salary Range: $68,884 - $83,640
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 4449_8441 - Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer - PD.docx (Word, 755KB)

Contact: Diego Corbalan on 0417 735 881

Position Details

  • Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer, Salary $68,884 - $83,640 plus superannuation   
  • 1 x Ongoing position
  • 1 x Fixed term position until July 2021

About us

The Metropolitan Remand Centre is a 1006 bed maximum-security facility for unsentenced male offenders located within the West Metropolitan Region, Department of Justice and Community Safety.

About the role

The Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer (AWO) role was established under the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement, as a response to the findings of the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.  AWO's are part of Corrections Victoria's commitment to reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system and to ensuring that Aboriginal Victorians are ensuring the same justice outcomes as the broader Victorian community.

The AWO will provide ongoing welfare, advocacy and support for Aboriginal prisoners – including providing assistance in accessing appropriate pre- and post-release programs and entitlements to assist with their reintegration into the community. Some of your main responsibilities include:

  • providing culturally appropriate counsel and support to Aboriginal prisoners and advocating on their behalf where appropriate
  • providing ongoing assistance to Aboriginal prisoners in accessing appropriate programs and entitlements to assist with their re-integration into the community
  • providing prison management and staff with specialist advice on the delivery of culturally relevant services and the development of culturally relevant protocols for Aboriginal prisoners, including the establishment of protocols with relevant Aboriginal community organisations and groups.

This position will require direct prisoner contact and may involve weekend and public holiday work, remunerated in accordance with the applicable provision of the VPS Determination.

Please note there are two (2) positions available:

  • 1 x Ongoing position
  • 1 x Fixed term position until July 2021

About you

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • experience in or understanding of working within a correctional environment
  • 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.

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.

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 Identified Position. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants are welcome to utilise support from the Aboriginal Employment Team throughout the recruitment process. Please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers/koori+employment for further information.

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