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Local Justice Worker


Employer: VACSAL
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Indigenous, Legal & Human Rights
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 28 June, 2019.
Applications close: 12 July, 2019. (Expired)

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 Koori 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.

Position Summary

The local Justice Worker acts as liaison between the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limited (VACSAL) and Koori’s who are on mandated community work or who have outstanding fines. The Local Justice Worker assists these clients to meet the requirements of their community based orders and to advocate for service access and provision with the aim of optimising the outcomes for individuals on justice orders. Further the person in this role will implement prevention programs and offer support to enhance the best outcomes for offenders.

Key Result Areas

  • The priority of people/groups who are intended to benefit most from this program are:
    • Koori offenders, over the age of 18
    • Koori community members serving CCO’s
    • Koori community members who have fines and warrants
    • Paroles
    • Koori offenders, transitioning back into the community after a period of incarceration
    • Women
    • 18-24 year olds (dual track offenders) and
    • Community member being impacted by family violence
  • Provide support to Koori offenders and clients to complete mandated community work through:
    • Establishing relationships with CCS workers
    • Identify culturally appropriate work sites for Koori offenders
    • Where necessary, assist in the establishment of culturally appropriate work sites for Koori offenders
    • Provide support and referrals to clients with complex care needs where appropriate
    • Develop and deliver educational materials on the importance of completing mandated work orders
    • Where appropriate, attend the regional specific Case Management meetings
    • Attend internal case meetings
    • Keep accurate and current case notes relating to each client, and
    • Record outcomes ensuring that necessary statistical data is accurately recorded in the templates provided by Department of Justice and Regulation.
  • Provide support to Koori clients to finalise fines and warrants in partnership with the Sheriff’s Office and staff through:
    • Contributing to the development of positive relationships between the local Koori community, the Sheriff’s office and Victoria Police
    • Liaise with Sheriff Office and staff to promote options available to finalise fines
    • Develop and deliver educational materials on the importance of organising the finalising of fines and warrants
    • Provide support an referrals to clients with complex care needs where appropriate
    • Keep accurate and current case notes relating to each client, and
    • Record outcomes ensuring that necessary statistical data is accurately recorded in the templates provided by Department of Justice and Regulation.
  • Improve the collaboration and coordination between justice services and service delivery by:
    • Participate in a Local Program Steering Committee (LPSC) through identifying relevant stakeholders
    • Provide administrative support to scheduling and undertaking quarterly meeting of the LPSC
    • Attend and participate in the local RACJAC meetings
    • Attend and participate in the local LAJAC meetings
    • Liaise and network with other Aboriginal organisations and agencies to promote the Local Justice Worker Programs

A full Position Description is attached.

How to apply for this job

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