Koori Support Worker (VPSG3)

Job posted: 21/11/2022
Applications close: 18/12/2022 (Midnight)
12 days remaining

12 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Gippsland | South Gippsland

Job type: Casual

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $72,751 - $88,336

Occupation: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services

Reference: VG/8465NOV2022

Reference: VG/8465NOV2022

Occupation: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services

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

Work location: Gippsland | South Gippsland

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 knowledge of the Victorian Aboriginal Community to provide support and advice to Justice Services - South - Gippsland.
  • Casual employment opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 3: $72,751 - $88,336 plus superannuation.


About the Business Unit

Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place provides Aboriginal men, on a Community Correction Order, with an important opportunity to learn new skills, reconnect with, or further strengthen, their culture and participate in programs and activities to help them address their offending behaviour. It was officially opened in September 2008.

Participation in the program is voluntary and involves living at Wulgunggo Ngalu, in Gippsland, for between three to six months.

There are three program areas in which each resident must participate:

  • Community Correction Order
  • Education component, which also involves living skills
  • Cultural component, which strengthens their cultural identity.

Wulgunggo Ngalu, in the Gunai Kurnai language, means ‘which way together'.

It is a state-wide, culturally appropriate residential diversion program for up to 18 Aboriginal adult males at any one time who have been sentenced by the court to a Community Correction Order. It provides an environment that is relevant and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal men.

Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place is a key initiative of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement, a partnership agreement between the Victorian State Government and the Aboriginal community established in response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. You will be required to work flexible hours and shift work, including weekends and public holidays, as required. Appropriate remuneration will be applied for the above in accordance with applicable Victorian Public Service Agreement.


About the Role

The role of a Koori Support Worker is to establish objectives and goals within the offender management process and monitor progress towards goals and compliance with community-based orders. Assisting in the development and delivery of culturally appropriate and responsive programs for Aboriginal offenders referred to Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place utilising departmental and community resources.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Monitor, supervise, mentor and support Aboriginal offenders to maximise the successful completion of orders through their increased participation in culturally appropriate and responsive services and programs.
  • Develop strong links with local Aboriginal organisations and associated service providers and agencies and undertake a range of community development activities within the local Aboriginal community.
  • Support the development of an understanding of Aboriginal issues and the needs of Aboriginal offenders within mainstream service providers and agencies and contribute to the enhancement of offenders and their community's understanding of the criminal justice system.


About You

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

  • Knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Aboriginal Community, both society and culture and the issues impacting on it
  • Ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with members of the Victorian Aboriginal Community
  • Working with sense of purpose within the team and enables others to understand the strategic direction of the branch and organisation; creates a sense of purpose within the team by establishing links between work and impact to the community.
  • Build a supportive and cooperative team environment; engages other teams to share information in order to understand or respond to issues; support others in challenging situations.

This is an Aboriginal Identified Position. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged 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 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 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.

At interview stage and prior to commencement of employment with the department, you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 with three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

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 three 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.

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Shaun Braybrook on 51880000 | Shaun.braybrook@justice.vic.gov.au

Koori Support Worker (VPSG3)