Careers

Our Values

Cultural Values
Our team commit to remember what we are here for, how our organisation came into being and ensure we are centred in the community. We are an organisation with a community focus for the benefit of the community.
Respect
We advocate for and demonstrate the right of every person to be treated with dignity and respect.
Compassion
We are aware of the issues and challenges facing Aboriginal communities and strive to ensure our organisation is part of resolving those issues and challenges.
Commitment
We believe everyone who works at or with VALS is committed to achieving better justice outcomes for Aboriginal communities.
Hope
We believe we will achieve change for Aboriginal communities. We expect our actions to have a positive impact on Government at all levels.
Integrity
We are steadfast in our adherence to our values. We take every measure to protect our clients’ privacy.
We keep our word and stand by our commitments.

 

 

Lawyer – Launceston based

This role is to provide high quality legal services, including duty lawyer services, representation, advice and information in criminal law matters to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Tasmania.

Key Performance Indicators, Duties & Responsibilities

1. Appear as an advocate in various courts including the Magistrate’s and Supreme Courts of Tasmania, in criminal and family violence and restraint order matters.
2. Deliver a quality legal service by providing advice and conducting casework in criminal law, family violence and restraint order matters for members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Tasmania.
3. Interact with Aboriginal clients in culturally appropriate and respectful ways.
4. Work collaboratively and respectfully with all staff.
5. Participate in an on call after hours roster and provide emergency advice to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Tasmania. Further, ensure all clients receive legal advice whilst in custody or are appropriately referred.
6. Participate in community legal education projects and other projects as required.
7. Participate in regular case-planning and staff meetings.
8. Contribute to the collaborative relationship between TACLS and other organisations, including, but not limited to, Aboriginal community organisations, community legal centres, the private profession and government departments.
9. Keep up to date with relevant legal developments and procedures by attending professional legal education programs and maintain an understanding of issues impacting the justice system and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Tasmania.
10. Undertake and continue in ongoing learning to support engaging with clients, colleagues and community including professional legal education and cultural training.

To apply, please provide:

  • Cover letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • Statement addressing the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted.  Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description (link below).  
  • CV, including education and training, professional experience and two referees

 

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Lawyer – Launceston Based.  Please apply by 5pm, Monday 1st April 2019.  To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here: Lawyer – Position Description – March 2019

 

Criminal Law Paralegal – X 2 positions available

This role supports the work of the VALS legal team by providing a point of first contact and triage for people seeking to access the legal team’s legal services. To ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria who require legal assistance are given the best opportunity to access that assistance, whether through VALS or other external organisations.

Key Performance Indicators, Duties & Responsibilities

1. Conduct initial intake for people seeking legal assistance, primarily over the phone but also from time to time in person at the VALS Preston office.
2. Taking thorough and concise intake notes for legal enquiries, as well as recording mandatory client data for reporting purposes.
3. Manage large daily volumes of client data and intake material within VALS’ client database, to ensure follow up tasks related to intake and processing are being effectively managed.
4. Manage and collaborate with volunteers, by allocating tasks and work throughout the day that will best enable them to support the work of the paralegal.
5. Make timely, appropriate and effective referrals for individuals the VALS criminal team is unable to assist, including to external organisations as well as within VALS, for both legal and non-legal matters.
6. Actively participate in weekly case planning meetings, to assist the team to determine the extent of any further assistance the VALS is able to offer.
7. Manage simple casework files under the supervision of the senior solicitor;
8. Participate in community legal education projects, law reform and other VALS projects as required.
9. Contribute to the collaborative relationship between Victoria Legal Aid and other community organisations to support warm referrals to other legal professionals where VALS cannot assist the client.

To apply, please provide:

  • Cover letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • Statement addressing the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted.  Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description (link below).  
  • CV, including education and training, professional experience and two referees

 

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Criminal Law Paralegal.  Please apply by 5pm, Monday 1st April 2019.  To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here: Paralegal Criminal Law – Position Description – March 2019

 

 Chief Executive Officer

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.  This employment opportunity is only available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Chief Executive Officer must demonstrate a clear commitment to the advancement of the Indigenous Community, specifically in the areas of legal rights.  A high level of responsibility and initiative are key features of this pivotal role.  Diverse management skills of a high order are essential to provide the leadership required for the effective operation of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Co-operative Limited.

The position of Chief Executive Officer reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible and accountable to the Board for the overall strategic and operational management of all legal and legal aid related programs provided by the Organisation.

To understand more about this position please contact VALS, HR Manager, Lauren Wellington via email at: lwellington@vals.org.au.

To apply, please provide:

  • Cover letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • Statement addressing the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted.  Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.  
  • CV, including education and training, professional experience and two referees

 

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: CEO.  Please apply by 5pm, Friday 22nd March 2019.   To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here: CEO – Position Description – Feb 2019

 

Local Justice Worker

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.  This employment opportunity is only available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Local Justice Worker acts as liaison between the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Cooperative Limited (VALS) and Aboriginal people who are on Community Corrections Orders, mandated community work or who have outstanding fines. The Local Justice Worker assists these clients to meet the requirements of their Community Corrections orders and to advocate for service access and provision with the aim of optimizing the outcomes for individuals on justice orders. Further the person in this role will implement prevention programs and offer support to enhance the best outcomes for offenders.

To apply, please provide:

• a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
• CV, including education and training, professional experience and two referees

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Local Justice Worker. Please apply by 5pm, Monday 1st April 2019. To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here:Position Description – Local Justice Worker – Northern Metropolitan Region