Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer | North West - Loddon

Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer

Application Close Date: 25-Oct-2018
North West - Loddon
Position Type:
Fixed term - full time
$66,699 - $80,987
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About us

The Loddon Prison Precinct is comprised of Loddon Prison, a medium security facility and Middleton, a restricted minimum security facility, catering for male prisoners.

About the role

Under the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement, as a response to the findings of the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, the Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer role was established. The role was established to help reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system.

As the Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer, you will provide ongoing welfare, advocacy and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners.

In the role, you will:

  • support identified prisoners to resolve welfare matters whilst providing culturally appropriate counsel, support and advocacy on their behalf where appropriate
  • be responsible for providing ongoing assistance to prisoners in accessing appropriate programs and entitlements to assist with their re-integration into the community
  • provide assistance to prisoners to maintain appropriate links with their families, their community organisations and other relevant groups
  • lead and coordinate cultural activities, including NAIDOC events and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific programs within the prison.

Please note this is a fixed term 6 month position.

About you

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Aboriginal Community, both society and culture and issues impacting on it
  • a demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with members of the Victorian Aboriginal Community
  • experience in consulting with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and stakeholders
  • the ability to present and facilitate educational activities in small groups or on a one to one basis.

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.

Please note:  When submitting your application online, there will be questions pertaining to a number of the position's Key Selection Criteria to which you are required to respond.

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 Koori Employment Team throughout the recruitment process. Please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers/koori+employment for further information.

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