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Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer (VPSG3)

Job posted: 11/11/2022
Applications close: 11/11/2023 (Midnight)
348 days remaining

348 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Various

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $72,751 - $88,336

Occupation: Prison and Corrective Services

Reference: VG/AWOVARIOUSNOV2022

Reference: VG/AWOVARIOUSNOV2022

Occupation: Prison and Corrective Services

Salary Range: $72,751 - $88,336

Work location: Various

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.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

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 more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

We’re proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?

  • Utilise your understanding of the Victorian Aboriginal Community to provide support and advice to Corrections Victoria.
  • 10 x Ongoing, Full-Time Opportunities to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 3: $72,751 - $88,336 plus superannuation.

 

The Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer (AWO) role was established in 2000, in response to a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC).

Aboriginal Wellbeing Officers 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 achieve the same justice outcomes as the broader Victorian community.

Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer positions exist at each prison location across Victoria and form a critical part of multi-disciplinary offender services teams (or equivalent). AWOs provide the foundation for all other cultural programs that support rehabilitation and reintegration, and improve outcomes for Aboriginal prisoners by: 

  • Providing cultural and wellbeing support to Aboriginal prisoners 
  • Re-connecting Aboriginal prisoners to their family and community 
  • Providing cultural advice, support and guidance to prison staff in managing Aboriginal prisoners 
  • Engaging with appropriate service providers and the Aboriginal community to meet individual needs of Aboriginal prisoners
  • Organising cultural activities in their location and build relationships with community organisations in the area. 

In addition to being a critical member of local prison teams, Aboriginal Wellbeing Officers are supported through a dedicated state-wide staff network as well as the Naalamba Ganbu and Nerrlinggu Yilam team (the Yilam) based in head office.

All Aboriginal Wellbeing Officers also have access to voluntary cultural debriefing sessions through the Aboriginal Workplace Cultural Wellbeing program.

Should relocation be required to fill a vacant Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer role, successful candidates may be eligible for reasonable relocation expenses as provided for under the VPS Enterprise Agreement.

 

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 You

As our ideal candidate, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Aboriginal Community, both society and culture, and the issues impacting on it.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with members of the Victorian Aboriginal community

Qualifications/Requirements

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.

 

How to Apply

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. 

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 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: 

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.  

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time). 

Acceptable evidence includes: 

  • COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption certificate (available via your myGov account) 
  • Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) 

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.

The Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer (AWO) role was established in 2000, in response to a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC).

Aboriginal Wellbeing Officers 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 achieve the same justice outcomes as the broader Victorian community.

Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer positions exist at each prison location across Victoria and form a critical part of multi-disciplinary offender services teams (or equivalent). AWOs provide the foundation for all other cultural programs that support rehabilitation and reintegration, and improve outcomes for Aboriginal prisoners by: 

 

·       Providing cultural and wellbeing support to Aboriginal prisoners 

·       Re-connecting Aboriginal prisoners to their family and community 

·       Providing cultural advice, support and guidance to prison staff in managing Aboriginal prisoners 

·       Engaging with appropriate service providers and the Aboriginal community to meet individual needs of Aboriginal prisoners

·       Organising cultural activities in their location and build relationships with community organisations in the area. 

Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer (VPSG3)

Job type:

Full time

Job classification:

VPSG3

Contact:

Gabrielle Simmons on 0427 126 997 | gabrielle.simmons@justice.vic.gov.au

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