Assessor (Designated)

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/D01914-JULY
Closing Date: 21-Jul-2024
Salary Range: $92,332 - $104,762
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Assessor VPS4 Designated (FAS) PD.docx (Word, 547KB)

Contact: Sebastian Roberts

Position Details

  • Utilise your expertise to assess financial assistance applications from Aboriginal victims of crime.
  • Ongoing Opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 4: $92,332 - $104,762 plus superannuation.

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.

About the Business Unit

This is an exciting opportunity to deliver a major new initiative for victims of crime. The FAS is a landmark reform that will replace the judicially based Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal with an administrative scheme that prioritises the needs of victims and supports their recovery from violent crime.

The FAS is highly anticipated by victims and stakeholders and represents a major leap forward in the Victorian Government's response to victims of crime. Established under the Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance Scheme) Act 2022 (the Act) the FAS will provide financial assistance through a simple and easy to navigate process that is fair, sensitive, and responsive to victims' needs. It will acknowledge harm done and be trauma informed, inclusive and culturally safe.

About the Role

Reporting to the FAS Senior Assessor you will be responsible for the review and approval of applications for financial assistance as per the Act, established policy, guidelines, and procedures as part of a specialist team (Aboriginal victims of crime).

Some of your duties will include:

  • Analyse and determine applications from Aboriginal victims of crimein line with the Act, policy, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Escalate complex and high-risk applications and decisions as appropriate.
  • Ensure application decisions consider barriers to justice faced by Aboriginal communities.

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:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Aboriginal community, both society and culture, and the issues impacting it
  • Ability to read, interpret and apply legislation and policy, exercise judgement autonomously within the scope of the role, and escalate issues as necessary.
  • Commitment to trauma-informed practice, including an understanding of the victim services system and the ability to build relationships to improve victim outcomes, apply an intersectional lens in service delivery, engage in reflective practice, support and inform victims of crime, and consider lived experience in service delivery.


A relevant qualification and/or experience in community services, social work, criminology, psychology, victim services and/or family violence is desirable.

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

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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.



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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