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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Advisor

  • Competitive Salary + Salary Packaging
  • An Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander identified position
  • Male Applicants Only
  • Perth Location

knowmore Legal Service is seeking a male Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Advisor for our Perth office. 

About knowmore Legal Service

knowmore is a nation-wide, free and independent mainstream community legal centre providing legal information, advice, representation and referrals, education and systemic advocacy for victims and survivors of child abuse. knowmore uses a multidisciplinary model bringing together intake officers, lawyers, social workers and counsellors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement advisors and financial counsellors to provide trauma-informed, client-centred and culturally safe legal assistance.

The Position

This position assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients to receive legal assistance and works closely with other multi-disciplinary team members to deliver services in a culturally safe and respectful manner. Reporting directly to the Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Team, the role also delivers front line services and case management. This role will also participate in projects and activities including community education, to achieve systemic reforms that benefit knowmore’s client group.

This role also involves regular intrastate, and some interstate travel (for up to a week at a time), including regular visits to urban, regional and remote areas of Australia to deliver services to clients on an outreach basis and to undertake community engagement. Accordingly, a current driver’s licence is highly desired.

This is an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander identified position.

To be appointed, the individual must be a male Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who identifies and is recognised as such within both their and other communities they have worked in.

To be appointed to the role, an applicant will also need to comply with the requirements of any applicable legislation relating to legal practice (i.e. not be a person disqualified from employment by a legal practice) and will also need to meet the entry requirements for professional visitors to correctional centres across Australia. 

knowmore considers that being an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under s42 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT), s14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW), sub-s 35(1)(b)(ii) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1996 (NT), s25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld), sub-s 56(2) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA), s41 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (Tas), sub-s 26(3) or s28 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), or s50 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA). 

Location and Hours

This role is based in Perth, with a national focus, regular interstate travel may be required.   

This role is full-time and fixed term contract until 30 June 2021 - subject to extension upon the renewal of the funding of the knowmore service.

Selection Criteria

  • Sound knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures inclusive of values, protocols and any other issues relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, in both urban, rural and remote areas of Australia.
  • Strong commitment to social justice and to meeting the legal, Cultural and related needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the diverse Cultures that exist across Australia.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a court support or legal services access, or similar role
  • Demonstrated skills in communicating, consulting and negotiating with individuals and groups within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and government agencies across Australia on complex and sensitive issues in a trauma informed manner.
  • Sound communication skills, coupled with a strong understanding of Cultural context, and the ability to adapt to a variety of audiences.
  • A demonstrated capacity to self-manage, including being able to work effectively with other disciplines in a multi-disciplinary team and deliver quality work to meet deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work interstate, as/if required for periods.
  • Actively manage own workload and proactively manage self-care.

Further Information about knowmore is available at www.knowmore.org.au.

The role will be required to satisfactorily complete a National Police Records Check and a Working with Children Check. 

Due to the volume of anticipated applications, only successful applicants will be contacted.

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