- Location: Aboriginal Centre for Males – 201 Bell Street, Preston
The Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limited (VACSAL) is the recognised state-wide Peak Advisory body on Aboriginal community issues. VACSAL is a community based, community controlled organisation, comprising representatives from Koorie organisations across the State. As well as having an advisory role, VACSAL delivers and manages a range of critical community services across Victoria.
The majority of our staff are Aboriginal and have a service delivery role, supporting and interacting directly with the community. VACSAL has a small administrative and management team with broad responsibilities.
The Indigenous Men’s Resource and Advisory Service (IMRAS) has been developed with the principles of holistic community led approach with a targeted focus on local issues - to local solutions. The IMRAS officer will work within the existing Indigenous Family Violence Strategy networks with the main aim of establishing local partnerships that will strengthen and support Aboriginal men’s networks in the area. The Officer will also undertake regional visits to support and establish regional networks & partnerships with Indigenous men to reduce and respond to family violence in the Aboriginal community.
The IMRAS officer works towards ensuring that the voice of Aboriginal men is listened to and heard in the community (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) through the development of regional men’s action groups and local membership of the state wide Men’s council.
Family Violence Community Development
In Partnership with the Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group the program objective is to raise community awareness of the impact of Family Violence and to improve the understanding of Family Violence issues in the North and West region through program development in order to prevent and reduce family violence.
The program aims to extend on the awareness, by working in conjunction with Indigenous sporting bodies, Aboriginal organisations, government department’s mainstream services, communities, parents/children and youth prevention, intervention and educational programs and disseminate information with a focus on Indigenous family violence during sporting events, functions and activities.
Key Results Areas
- Support of the continuation and formation of men’s groups across Victoria.
- Develop protocols with a number of key crisis accommodation services, transitional housing managers, mainstream community support services and N/W Victorian police stations.
- Statewide involvement in the Indigenous Homeless organisation group. Attend programs and reference group meetings.
- To provide practical crisis support to Indigenous men who have recently been involved in or are at immediate risk of being involved in an incident of family violence, and linking with the Aboriginal Centre for Males.
- Update the map of aboriginal Men’s Services across the state.
- To work closely with the Healing Service, Time Out & Case Management workers to provide support if required.
- Informal referral to other appropriate services (for example, family violence services and mainstream support services, such as legal support, housing, drug and alcohol, and mental health services).
- To establish formal partnerships and/or protocols with other family violence services in the NWMR, including the Healing Service, Indigenous outreach services, Victoria Police and the courts.
- To build and maintain working relationships with current or new:
- State-wide and regional after-hours and outreach services.
- Mainstream and Indigenous family support services.
- Counselling and support programs.
- Emergency housing providers.
- Victoria Police.
- Men’s Sheds
- To be aware of policies and trends that impact on the Koorie community.
- To submit monthly reports as well as provide weekly movement sheets, and quarterly work plans.
- To attend staff meetings and participate in professional development programs as directed.
- Undertake other duties that are peripheral to the main tasks, provided that such duties are reasonably within the employee’s skills, competence and training.
- Ensure that purchasing of services and assets occurs in the most cost effective manner and in accordance with funding bodies’ guidelines.
- Accurately maintain clients’ personal details ensuring confidentiality and privacy of all personnel data and transactions.
- Ensure you have a sound knowledge of all VACSAL programs.
- Create a yearly work plan, ensuring it aligns with your KPI’s and is in conjunction with your program and the Strategic Plan. Ensure it is regularly updated.
- Assist with VACSAL community events such as NAIDOC activities, sports carnivals etc.
- Attend VACSAL In Service annually.
A full position description is attached.