Aboriginal Support Worker

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: VPSG3
Work Location: Gippsland - South Gippsland
Reference: VG/8248JUNE
Closing Date: 14-Jul-2024
Salary Range: $74,580 - $90,558
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Aboriginal Support Worker (8248) - June 2024.docx (Word, 538KB)


Contact: Shaun Braybrook
5188 0000 or shaun.braybrook@justice.vic.gov.au

Position Details

  •  Utilise your community developmentexpertise to provide support and advice to Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place – Gippsland Region
  • Ongoing, Full-Time opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 3 : $74,580 - $90,558 plus superannuation.

This is an Aboriginal Prioritised position, a 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.

About the Business Unit

Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place provides Aboriginal men, on a Community Correction Order, with an important opportunity to learn new skills, reconnect with, or further strengthen, their culture and participate in programs and activities to help them address their offending behaviour. It was officially opened in September 2008.

Participation in the program is voluntary and involves living at Wulgunggo Ngalu, in Gippsland, for between three to six months.

There are three program areas in which each resident must participate:

  • Community Correction Order
  • Education component, which also involves living skills
  • Cultural component, which strengthens their cultural identity.

Wulgunggo Ngalu, in the Gunai Kurnai language, means ‘which way together'.

It is a state-wide, culturally appropriate residential diversion program for up to 18 Aboriginal adult males at any one time who have been sentenced by the court to a Community Correction Order. It provides an environment that is relevant and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal men.

Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place is a key initiative of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement, a partnership agreement between the Victorian State Government and the Aboriginal community established in response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

About the Role

You will be required to work flexible hours and shift work, including weekends and public holidays, as required. Appropriate remuneration will be applied for the above in accordance with applicable Victorian Public Service Agreement.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Establish objectives and goals within the offender management process and monitor progress towards goals and compliance with community-based orders.
  • Assist in the development and delivery of culturally appropriate and responsive programs for Aboriginal offenders referred to Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place utilising departmental and community resources.
  • Monitor, supervise, mentor and support Aboriginal offenders to maximise the successful completion of orders through their increased participation in culturally appropriate and responsive services and programs.

To learn more about this role before applying, please read the attached position description.

About you

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

Qualifications

  • No relevant tertiary qualification is required but experience in dealing with the complex needs of Aboriginal people and community in complex environments and other relevant experience is desired.

Applicants are welcome to utilise support from the Aboriginal Employment Team throughout the recruitment process. Aboriginal candidates are encouraged to contact Aboriginalworkforce@justice.vic.gov.au if they would like cultural support and guidance through the application process.'

Please visit https://www.justice.vic.gov.au/careers/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-island-employment  for further information.

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.

FOR INTERNAL VPS EMPLOYEES:

For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

  • For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.
  • For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

CHILD SAFE STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT:

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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