Forensic Nurse Examiner

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine is Australia’s most comprehensive forensic medical facility. We serve the Victorian community and the whole of the Victorian justice system, especially the courts.

We provide the justice system with evidence to underpin safe convictions and appropriate acquittals. Our doctors help investigate deaths reported to the Coroner, examine alleged offenders and assess, treat and support victims of crime.

The Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria supports patients and their families by providing safe tissues for transplantation and medical research.

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 organisation, we’d love to hear from you.

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.

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If a career that can give you the opportunity to contribute to a safe and just Victoria appeals to you, we look forward to hearing from you.
Job Details
Department: Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
Work Type: Fixed term - part time
Job Function: Medical and Nursing
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/FM1894JUN22
Closing Date: 28-Jun-2022
Salary Range: $90,067 - $102,192
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: Position Description - Forensic Nurse Examiner - FM1894.pdf (PDF, 324KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Dr Maria Nittis on (03) 9684 4444

Position Details

  • An exciting opportunity within the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Department of Justice and Community Safety
  • VPSG 4 classification (salary range $90,067 - $102,192)
  • One fixed-term, part-time (.8) opportunity for twelve months

About Us

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) is an independent statutory authority governed by the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Act 1985. It is part of the Justice portfolio of the Victorian Government. 

The work of the VIFM can be described as a cycle of three parts:

  • Providing forensic medical & scientific services and tissue banking
  • Learning from this work
  • Researching and teaching.

VIFM is based at the Coronial Services Centre which also houses the Coroners Court of Victoria. 

This position is within the Forensic Services Division.

About the Role

The Forensic Nurse Examiner supports the efficient and effective functioning of the division of Clinical Forensic Medicine, providing an informed, impartial and competent forensic service to the Victoria Police, the Courts and Office of Public Prosecutions, including the examination of  adult victims of physical and sexual assault, and family violence, collection of biological and forensic samples, preparation of medico-legal reports and statements, and provision of advice to police and other stakeholders regarding clinical forensic matters.

Working autonomously within the community in the provision of the Institute's 24 hour, 7 days a week service, the Forensic Nurse Examiner is supported by senior clinical staff.

About You


  • Current Registration as a Division 1 Registered Nurse by AHPRA. 
  • Current Police and Working with Children Checks (or ability to obtain).

Desirable requirements:

  • Relevant experience in a specific area of nursing complimentary to the work of a forensic nurse examiner (e.g. emergency medicine, custodial health, mental health, drug health, sexual health).
  • Post graduate qualifications in forensic nursing and / or willingness to work towards same.

As our ideal candidate, you will also possess:

  • proven post-graduate nursing experience of at least 3 years with a sound knowledge base and experience in contemporary nursing practice
  • demonstrated high level of written and verbal communication, with the ability to prepare and present objective, impartial statements, and provide evidence in Court
  • demonstrated commitment to patient health and the ability to provide a quality medical service in an objective and accurate manner that is neither biased nor judgemental
  • an excellent ability to work autonomously.

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. 

Applicants need to include a cover letter, up-to-date CV and a separate document addressing the key selection criteria for the role.

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 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.


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).

Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

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