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.

 

About Us

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) was established as a community-controlled organisation in 1973 to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system. The organisation has a long and proud history of providing legal and service support for Aboriginal Victorians who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing negative contact with the justice system and advocating locally, nationally and internationally for the rights of Aboriginal people.

We strive to:
• Promote social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
• Promote the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to empowerment, identity and culture;
• Ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy their rights, are aware of their responsibilities under the law and have access to appropriate advice, assistance and representation;
• Reduce the disproportionate involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system; and
• Promote the review of legislation and other practices which discriminate against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The organisation has grown over the years (with further expansion options being pursued) and now offers criminal, family and civil law services, client services support, community legal education and a range of community justice support programs in both Victoria and Tasmania.
The Tasmanian operation was established in 2015, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community Legal Service (TACLS), a semi-autonomous operation for Tasmania.

 

Careers

Filing Systems Officer

Please note this is a 6 month, Maternity Leave replacement until January 2020 – with a possibility of extension.

This position works with the Quality Improvement Coordinator as a part of the Corporate and Executive Services team to undertake daily administrative duties that support the running of VALS and its services.

To understand the full duties and responsibilities, please click on the position description within the link below.

To apply for this role, please provide:

  • a current resume and covering letter outlying who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • a 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: Filing Systems Officer.  To obtain a copy of the Position Description, please click here: Position Description – Filing Systems Officer

Please apply by 5pm, Monday 3rd June 2019.

 

Expressions of interest – Metropolitan Client Service Officers

PLEASE NOTE: 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 Client Service Officer (CSO) acts as liaison between VALS and Indigenous Australian persons taken into custody by the police. The CSO has an educational role to prevent crime and, in conjunction with other facilities, to provide for alternative programs and referrals to the Indigenous Australian community.

This position provides free training to ensure that you are well equipped to complete the position.

To submit your expression of interest, please provide: 

• a current resume and a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Metro CSO.  To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here: Position Description – Metro CSO (casual) – March 2019