Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer - Melbourne Assessment Prison (VPSG3)

Job posted: 15/09/2021
Applications close: 29/09/2021 (Midnight)
7 days remaining

7 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $71,853 - $87,245

Occupation: Prison and Corrective Services

Reference: VG/3666C

Reference: VG/3666C

Occupation: Prison and Corrective Services

Salary Range: $71,853 - $87,245

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

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?

Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer:

  • Ongoing, Full Time opportunity based in Melbourne CBD
  • $70,791 - $85,956 per annum, plus superannuation
  • Make a positive impact on the lives of Aboriginal offenders

About us

Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP) and Courts is a maximum-security prison located near Southern Cross Station in Melbourne's CBD. MAP and Courts provides the primary state-wide assessment and orientation services for male prisoners received into the prison system.

MAP and Courts is operated by the Department of Justice and Community Safety, which is one arm of the Victorian Public Service, a recognised top employer of choice nationally.

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.

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.

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 demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Aboriginal 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.

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.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer - Melbourne Assessment Prison (VPSG3)

Job type:

Full time

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John O’Loughlin on 0438 759 962 | John.O'LOUGHLIN@justice.vic.gov.au

Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer - Melbourne Assessment Prison (VPSG3)