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

Client Service Officer – Swan Hill based

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.

About the role:

The Client Service Officer (CSO) acts as liaison between the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people taken into custody by the police. The CSO has an educational role in crime prevention and reduction, and in conjunction with other facilities, to provide for alternative programs to Aboriginal communities.

Noting this position is based in Swan Hill VIC 3585.

We are looking for someone with:

A demonstrated knowledge of the Victorian Legal System, an understanding of the legal issues faced by Victorian Aboriginal communities, excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills, a commitment to and understanding of the Victorian Aboriginal culture and community, and the ability to communicate effectively with members of those communities and the ability to work in a multi skilled environment.

To apply for amazing opportunity, please provide:

  • a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • a statement addressing each of the six key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the six key selection criteria will not be accepted.  Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees

 

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Client Services Officer (Swan Hill based).

Please apply by COB Monday 9th September 2019.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here: Position Description – Regional (Swan Hill) CSO – Aug 2019

 

Community Engagement Officer

About the role:

The Community Engagement Officer (CLE) is responsible for developing and delivering information events and material, through a variety of mediums focusing on Family Violence.
These events and material will be provided to the Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal community members and should be focused on providing legal knowledge and information relating around the issue of family violence.

This role focuses on family violence, community development, raising awareness of VALS family violence related services, networking with stakeholders, crime prevention within the community and pro-actively working towards changing the negative existing perceptions of the Aboriginal community.

We are looking for someone with:

You will have demonstrated experience in a similar role, knowledge of the Victorian legal system and the ability to deliver community engagement activities. Knowledge of Family Violence issues, supports and referrals will also assist in being successful in this role.

To apply for amazing opportunity, please provide:

  • a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • a statement addressing each of the nine key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the nine key selection criteria will not be accepted.  Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees

 

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Community Engagement Officer.

Please apply by COB Monday 9th September 2019.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here: Position Description – Community Engagement Officer – July 2019

 

Rainbow Tick Accreditation Officer

About the role:

The Royal Commission into Family Violence (RCFV) highlighted the lack of LGBTIQA+ family violence service responses, noting that people from LGBTIQA+ communities can feel invisible in the family violence service system. It is acknowledged that Aboriginal LGBITQA+ people are also dealing with overlapping forms of discrimination and power imbalances, including racism and homophobia and/or transphobia. This can increase barriers to access appropriate services and can compound the impact of family violence.

The RCFV made a recommendation for the Victorian Government funded family violence service providers to achieve Rainbow Tick accreditation. The Rainbow Tick is a national accreditation program that supports organisations to understand and implement LGBITQA+ inclusive service delivery against six standards.

The Rainbow Tick Accreditation Officer will assist VALS in undertaking the accreditation process and work with the organisation as a whole; Board of Directors, Executive team and staff members to ensure the Rainbow Tick Accreditation requirements are applied across the organisation and its services.

This is a part time role (0.4EFT), fixed term until 30th June 2021.

We are looking for someone with:

You will have demonstrated experience in a similar role and hold high level written and verbal communication skills relevant to the role, such as experience writing policy documents, accreditation processes, implementing and monitoring change management processes.

To apply for amazing opportunity, please provide:

  • a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • a statement addressing each of the seven key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the seven key selection criteria will not be accepted.  Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees

 

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Rainbow Tick Accreditation Officer.

Please apply by COB Monday 9th September 2019.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here: Rainbow Tick Accreditation Project Officer_PD_Aug 2019

 

Workforce Development Officer

About the role:

The role will be responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating a Workforce Development training plan and supporting policies, procedures and documentation.

This role will also be required to regularly engage with training providers and departmental staff that are overseeing the funding agreement that support this activity.

This is a part time role (0.4EFT), fixed term until 30th June 2020.  

We are looking for someone with:

You will have relevant qualifications and demonstrated experience in a similar role. You will hold strong communications skills as well as excellent organisational and time management skills.

To apply for amazing opportunity, please provide:

  • a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • a statement addressing each of the nine key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the nine key selection criteria will not be accepted.  Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees

 

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Workforce Development Officer.

Please apply by COB Monday 9th September 2019.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here: Workforce Development Officer – Position Description – Aug 2019

 

Lawyer – Children, Youth and Family Law Division (Mildura based)

About the role:

Lawyers within the Children, Youth and Family Law Division are to provide high quality legal services, including duty lawyer services, representation, advice and information in child protection, youth crime, family violence and family law matters to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria.

We are looking for someone with:

1. Admitted or eligible for admission as a legal practitioner in Victoria.
2. Demonstrated ability to act as an advocate, deliver legal advice and casework and undertake negotiation and dispute resolution on behalf of clients.
3. Knowledge or practical experience in relevant law and procedure with a focus on the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005, child protection, criminal law, family violence, bail, sentencing, evidence law and procedure.
4. High level interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to communicate clearly and appropriately with clients, staff and external stakeholders and organisations.
5. Demonstrated aptitude for quick and accurate decision making and the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
6. Demonstrated flexible and adaptable approach to work and collaboratively work with others to foster a cooperative team environment.
7. A knowledge of the general business of VALS and a commitment to our Vision and Values.
8. A commitment to and understanding of the legal issues faced by members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community in Victoria.

To apply for amazing opportunity, please provide:

  • a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • a statement addressing each of 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.
  • your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees

 

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Lawyer (Mildura based) application.

Please apply by COB Monday 16th September 2019.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here: Lawyer CYFL Mildura – Position Description – May 2019

 

Paralegal – Criminal Law

About the role:

The Paralegal 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. You will 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.

We are looking for someone with:

You will have sound interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to interact and communicate effectively with persons seeking legal assistance.  Also a commitment to and understanding of the legal issues faced by members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in Victoria.

To apply for amazing opportunity, please provide:

  • a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • a statement addressing each of 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.
  • your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees

 

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Paralegal – Criminal Law

Please apply by COB Monday 16th September 2019.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here: Paralegal Criminal Law – Position Description – Aug 2019