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.
We advocate for and demonstrate the right of every person to be treated with dignity and respect.
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.
We believe everyone who works at or with VALS is committed to achieving better justice outcomes for Aboriginal communities.
We believe we will achieve change for Aboriginal communities. We expect our actions to have a positive impact on Government at all levels.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: Metro CSO. To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here: Position Description – Metro CSO (casual) – March 2019