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Senior Koori Adviser and Engagement Officer

Commission for Children and Young People
  • Position: Full time ongoing
  • Salary: VPS 5 - $101,120 - $122,348
  • Location: Level 18, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne – the Commission is currently working remotely due to COVID-19

Reporting to the Manager, Koori Advisory and Engagement, the Senior Koori Adviser and Engagement Officer is part of a small team that provides specialist advice on issues specific to Aboriginal children and young people, with a focus on those in contact or involved with child protection, out-of-home care and youth justice systems. As a result, cultural awareness and proven ability to manage stakeholder relationships in Koori communities are a critical part of the role.

About the Commission

The Commission is an independent statutory body that promotes improvement in policies and practices affecting the safety and wellbeing of Victorian children and young people. It has a particular focus on vulnerable children and young people.

Reporting to the Manager, Koori Advisory and Engagement, the Senior Adviser and Engagement Officer is part of a small team that provides specialist advice on issues specific to Aboriginal children and young people, with a focus on those in contact or involved with child protection, out-of-home care and youth justice systems. As a result, cultural awareness and proven ability to manage stakeholder relationships in Aboriginal communities are a critical part of the role.

In doing this, the team represents the two Commissioners with external stakeholders, including community and partner agencies, and works across the broader Commission to ensure Aboriginal issues and perspectives are reflected across all the work of the Commission when advocating for the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

The Commission is currently working remotely due to COVID-19.

About you

As our ideal candidate, you will be suitable to work with and on issues relevant to children and you will:

  • Work collaboratively with other teams across the Commission, providing and promoting culturally specific insights into policy, practices and services affecting Aboriginal children and young people, especially those in contact or involved with youth justice, out-of-home care and children protection systems. 
  • In partnership with members of the Koori Advisory and Engagement Team, create and facilitate opportunities for Aboriginal children and young people and communities to be involved in the work of the Commission including by sharing their views and experiences.
  • Establish and maintain stakeholder relationships with Aboriginal youth organisations and advisory groups in areas of relevance to the Commission’s work.
  • Ensure the views of children and young people and community are central to the Commission’s decision-making.

What we can offer you

  • Flexible working arrangements. NB – We are currently working remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • A friendly and supportive working environment.
  • Training and development opportunities.
  • Once we are back working in our office:
    • Free access to the building’s lifestyle centre including a gym, secure bicycles storage, shower rooms with hair dryers, straighteners, ironing board and fresh towels
    • Free Parcel Lockers – no more missing deliveries or rushing home to meet the courier

There will be questions pertaining to a number of the position's Key Selection Criteria to which you are required to respond. There is no need to respond to the selection criteria itself.

The Commission is headed by the Principal Commissioner, Liana Buchanan, and the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, Justin Mohamed.

Please include a resume and covering letter and submit your application by clicking Apply Now.

A position description is attached.

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