Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG3
Work Location: Geelong
Reference: VG/DJ3767JAN
Closing Date: 02-Mar-2020
Salary Range: $68,884 - $83,640
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - DJ3767 - Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer.docx (Word, 756KB)

Contact: Mark Nestor on: 0418 596 051

Position Details

  • Make a positive impact on the lives of Aboriginal offenders
  • Supportive team environment
  • Excellent career development opportunities

About us

Located in Lara, a short 45 min drive from the Melbourne CBD and only 15 mins from Geelong, HM Prison Barwon is a maximum security prison for male offenders.

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.

 About you

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • experience in or understanding of working within a correctional environment
  • a good knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Koori community and the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with its members
  • excellent interpersonal, conflict management and communication skills
  • a high level of integrity and commitment to the rehabilitation of offenders.

This is an Aboriginal Designated Position, classified under 'special measures' of section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply. Applicants are welcome to utilise support from the Aboriginal Employment Team throughout the recruitment 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 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.

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