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Chair - South Sudanese Australian Youth Justice Expert Working Group (VPS STS)

Job posted: 22/06/2022
Applications close: 06/07/2022 (Midnight)
3 days remaining

3 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / Until 30 June 2025

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $173,134 - $235,465

Occupation: Other

Reference: VG/D00347A

Reference: VG/D00347A

Occupation: Other

Salary Range: $173,134 - $235,465

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 young people and recognises that young peoples’ 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?

 

About the Expert Working Group 

The Youth Justice Strategic Plan 2020-2030 reflects a 10-year vision for the delivery of a leading youth justice system in Victoria. The Strategic Plan has a specific focus on supporting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups in Youth Justice, through prevention and diversion, and helping to address the underlying drivers of offending of those already in the system. 

The Victorian Government is establishing the Expert Working Group to support the above work. Under the Chair's leadership, the Expert Working Group will build trust, connection and strong relationships with the South Sudanese Australian community. It will do this through engagement with community organisations and community members, religious and local networks, parents and carers, and young people with lived experience. The Expert Working Group will support and grow an effective service sector through targeted investment to build capacity and to deliver programs and support.

 

 About the role 

The role of the Chair is a bespoke, specialist role to lead the flagship South Sudanese Australian Youth Justice Expert Working Group. The aim of the Expert Working Group is to reduce the number of South Sudanese Australian young people having contact with the justice system and provide them with pathways to better lives.The Expert Working Group will be supported by both the Chair and the Deputy Chair, the Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People. The Chair, Deputy Chair and Expert Working Group will be supported by departmental staff.  

An Advisory Group will provide support and advice to the Expert Working Group, including the Chair. Appointed by the Minister for Youth Justice, the Advisory Group will include representatives of South Sudanese and African Australian communities, key funded community sector organisations and advocacy bodies, executives from relevant government departments and established representative groups such as the Victorian Multicultural Commission. The Chair will lead on drafting the Advisory Group's Terms of Reference, which will be developed in consultation with the South Sudanese Australian community. 

Some of the key responsibilities of the Chair include: 

  • Use expert knowledge and expertise to lead and facilitate culturally appropriate community engagement activities with the South Sudanese Australian community, through direct work with young people, their families, parents and carers; the community; and community organisations 

  • Work closely and collaboratively with the Deputy Chair of the Expert Working Group to deliver the three deliverables of the Expert Working Group 

  • Work closely and collaboratively with the departmental secretariat team to implement the deliverables of the Expert Working Group 

As a bespoke specialist role, there will be significant flexibility for the appointed individual in terms of managing their Chair responsibilities and their working hours. 

 

Who we're looking for 

To be successful in this role, you will have 

  • Extensive specialist knowledge of relevant community agencies and culturally specific services for young people of South Sudanese background involved with youth justice including mental health, education, training, employment, housing and alcohol and drugs. 

  • Understanding of adolescent development, behaviour and the factors underpinning youth offending. 

  • Thorough awareness and appreciation of the impact of pre and post migratory experiences of young South Sudanese Australians and their families. 

  • Awareness of the impact of structural issues such as financial hardship, labour market access, barriers to services (including education), affordable housing, social supports, language barriers and discrimination on the lives of young South Sudanese Australians and their families. 

  • Demonstrated understanding of risk of reoffending as it applies to the safety and wellbeing of young South Sudanese Australian people, the risk of reoffending and the risk to the safety of the Victorian community. 

  • Be required to undergo and pass a Working with Children Check (if not already held)

 

 What you need to apply 

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter of 1-2 pages outlining why your professional and education experience make you the best candidate in the role. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats. 

All appointments are subject to reference checks, pre-employment misconduct screening and criminal record checks. Some positions may also be subject to a medical check and/or ‘Working with Children Check'. 

Applicants with further enquiries may contact Joseph Phipps on 0484905876 or via email at SSAyouthjusticeEWG@justice.vic.gov.au. 

Applications close at 11:59pm on Wednesday 6th July 2022. 

Chair - South Sudanese Australian Youth Justice Expert Working Group (VPS STS)

Job type:

Full time / Until 30 June 2025

Job classification:

VPS STS

Contact:

Joseph Phipps on 0484 905 876 | SSAyouthjusticeEWG@justice.vic.gov.au

Chair - South Sudanese Australian Youth Justice Expert Working Group (VPS STS)