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.
About the role:
This role provides high quality secretarial and support services to the legal employees of the Child, Youth and Family Law division.
To understand the full duties and responsibilities of the position, please read through the detailed position description located below.
We are looking for someone with:
- 3 + years showing a demonstrated ability and experience as a legal secretary, or similar role.
- Advanced skills in the use of MS Office Software (particularly MS Word, Excel, E-mail – word proficient to 80 words per minute) to a legal practice, or similar, and the capacity to quickly acquire competency in the use of VALS’ client data base.
- Professional and courteous phone manner and interpersonal skills and the capacity to communicate effectively with members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
- Knowledge or a willingness to learn to the legal issues faced by members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community in Victoria.
- The ability to work collaboratively with others and to foster a cooperative and supportive team environment.
- A knowledge of the principles and values of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.