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Case Worker – University of Technology – VALS

Casual employment based at VALS in Preston

This is an identified position – 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.

Overview 
The Case Worker will be employed to work closely with an Aboriginal Community Justice Report writer, as part of a three-year project to pilot Aboriginal Community Justice Reports in Victoria. The purpose of these reports is to convey the background experiences of the Aboriginal women and their community that is relevant to their offending circumstances, as well as their needs, strengths and sentence options. The project will focus on Aboriginal women who will be sentenced in Koori Magistrates or County courts in Victoria (with a focus on Melbourne, Broadmeadows and Mildura).

The role will form part of a pilot project funded by the Australian Research Council. The project is being jointly implemented by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS), Griffith University, the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA) and Five Bridges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation based in Queensland.

The project is a partnership that involves implementation of reports by VALS and research oversight by UTS. Accordingly, the case worker will be employed by UTS, but the role will be located at VALS. Day-to-day activities will be supervised by VALS, and Professor Anthony (UTS) will provide more general oversight and feedback.
The Case Worker will support the Aboriginal Community Justice Report writer to facilitate interviews with, and provide support to clients, as well as their families and other community members, throughout the process of developing and writing the Aboriginal Community Justice Report. They will also help to identify the client’s needs and appropriate community services and programs for the client.

This position would ideally suit Aboriginal women candidates who have worked closely with their community, have an interest in the community services and the criminal justice system and have strong communications and interpersonal skills.

Main capabilities
• Capacity to work with and take direction from an Aboriginal-owned legal service
• Strong capacity to work with Aboriginal women in the criminal justice system and Aboriginal community more broadly
• Capacity to work independently while taking direction from supervisors
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Responsibilities and Duties:
1. Support the client and the report writer in facilitating dialogue between the client and the report writer;
2. Liaise and network with other Aboriginal organisations and agencies to support clients and their communities and be aware of programs that will assist in the prevention or reduction of crime within the Victorian Aboriginal communities;
3. Provide support to the client, their family and community, throughout the process of developing the Aboriginal Community Justice Report, including to link them to relevant supports and services;
4. Liaise with the report writer to ensure delivery of a culturally relevant service and supports;
5. Perform a range of administrative tasks to ensure the effective delivery of case support to the clients;
6. Provide activity reports on a timely basis and participate in staff meetings as required;
7. Participate in pre delivery of service training as well as ongoing training and development and acts and remain professional at all times, consistent with VALS values;
8. As directed, undertake other duties as directed which are incidental and peripheral to the main tasks, provided that such duties are reasonably within the employee’s skills, competence and training.

Qualifications and Experience
Essential:
• A demonstrated knowledge of the Victorian legal system;
• An understanding of the legal issues faced by Victorian Aboriginal communities;
• A commitment to and understanding of Victorian Aboriginal culture and community, and the ability to communicate effectively with members of those communities;
• Demonstrated involvement with and understanding of Victorian Aboriginal communities including cultural awareness and protocols;
• Demonstrated ability to relate to and communicate with project participants and their families in a culturally safe and appropriate manner;
• Strong ability to identify the needs and strengths of Aboriginal women
• Ability to adhere to privacy laws and manage confidential information securely;
• Understanding of the criminal justice system and the sentencing process in particular;
• Understanding of and compliance with VALS’ values, as follows:

Desirable:
• Valid Drivers License

Mandatory Requirements
On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • a copy of your current Employee Working with Children card
  • you will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check
  • a copy of your current Driver’s License
  • proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e. a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate or Immigration VISA documentation

Application process

To apply for this 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: Case Worker

Please apply by 5pm Monday 27th January 2020

Enquiries: For further information please contact Lee-Anne Carter, Statewide Community Justice Programs Team Leader (lcarter@vals.org.au ; 03 9418 5945).

 

Criminal Lawyer – Victoria

Overview 

Criminal Lawyers are 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 Victoria.

Key Performance Indicators, Duties & Responsibility

1.       Under the supervision of the Senior Criminal Lawyers and the Executive Officer Legal Practice, appear with leave as an advocate in various courts including the Children’s Court Criminal Division, Magistrates Court, County Court and Koori Courts in order to represent clients of VALS in criminal matters.

2.       Under the supervision of the Senior Criminal Lawyers and the Legal Practice Manager, deliver a quality legal service by conducting casework in criminal law matters for members of the ATSI community.

3.       Participate in the on call after hours roster and Under the supervision of the Senior Criminal Lawyers and the Executive Officer Legal Practice provide emergency advice to members of the ATSI community in Victoria. Further, ensure all VALS clients are represented whilst in custody.

4.       Participate in community legal education projects, law reform and other VALS projects as required.

5.       Participate in case-planning meetings with the criminal law section weekly.

6.       Contribute to the collaborative relationship between Victoria Legal Aid and other community organizations with whom VALS interacts.

7.       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.

8.       You will be required to travel across Victoria to deliver services to the ATSI community. Sometimes this travel will occur outside of usual business hours

Key Capabilities

1.       Anticipates, plans and prioritises work – manages competing demands

2.       Seeks to continuously improve the way things are done – thinks creatively

3.       Engages with colleagues, stakeholders and clients to identify areas for improvement

4.       Develops creative methods for addressing challenges and opportunities

5.       Seeks and willingly accepts feedback

6.       Seeks assistance where required

7.       Reasons through ethical concerns, makes sound decisions that observe duties and obligations

8.       Ensures files are up to date, easily accessible to others

 

Application process

To apply for this 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: Criminal Lawyer

Please apply by midnight Sunday 2nd Feburary 2020

Position Description – Criminal Lawyer January 2020