Why should you work at VALS?

VALS is made up of Victoria’s most committed legal advocates, professionals and support staff who work hard – with each other, our partners and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities- to advance Aboriginal self-determination and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Victoria of all ages.

We know that our people make the difference. VALS is committed to diversity, equality and inclusion and we celebrate our staff team of diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTQIA+ communities and from diverse cultures, language groups, abilities, and experiences.

  • You will have opportunities to work on diverse matters and gain significant experience, while having opportunities to develop your own expertise and collaborate with colleagues and partners in wide ranging projects, including policy and legal reform
  • Access generous staff benefits such as access to salary packaging options, flexible working arrangement, TOIL, pre-purchased leave, paid parental, carer and cultural leave and much more.

Positions we are currently hiring for:

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

As PML, you will have responsibility for the strategic development and operational management of the Wirraway specialist litigation unit consistent with VALS strategic objectives.

This includes:

  • Day-to-day responsibility for supervising and coordinating the work and staff resources of the specialist litigation unit.
  • File holder
  • Developing the skills and expertise of staff through ongoing 1:1 and team mentoring, supervision and casework planning and strategy development

The PML role works closely with VALS Policy and Communications team in building awareness, supporting VALS advocacy and casework and to contribute to proposals that support funding the unit.

The role also works collaboratively with diverse VALS staff and external stakeholders to ensure effective and culturally safe support for clients and prospective clients and to further VALS strategic aims.   

 

Office Locations: High Street, Preston

This role is full-time fixed term until June 2025

PLO (SCHADS B6) $98,160.84 plus superannuation and leave loading | Access to Company Vehicle

Pending Fair Work Commission approval of a new VALS Enterprise Agreement 2022, the starting salary for this role is $111,147.40 plus superannuation and leave loading.

This position may require regional and very occasional interstate travel.

 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Achieve results through court advocacy at a level that requires highly developed legal skills and expertise in both adversarial and inquisitorial proceedings (coronial inquests, civil litigation and criminal matters)
  • Improve service delivery by ensuring consistency in VALS representation and advocacy in matters that involve specialist knowledge and skills in criminal law and civil litigation that involve misconduct by Police, Corrections and other Government entities
  • Develop and implement internal guidelines and standard operating procedures relevant to ensuring a high performing Specialist Legal and Litigation Practice
  • Manage and develop a team of lawyers and support staff through effective supervision, mentoring, guidance and direct oversight of the work undertaken in the practice.
  • Raise awareness of the issues relating to Aboriginal deaths in custody, misconduct of police, correctional staff and other government agencies to drive and influence change
  • Provide written and oral guidance and advice across the VALS Legal Service
  • Develop and foster positive working relationships with key internal staff to ensure the referral of clients to the Specialist Legal and Litigation Practice and with external partners such as Victorian Legal Aid, Aboriginal community controlled organisations, community legal centres and the Coroner’s Court
  • Design and implement professional and workforce development initiatives for internal and external stakeholders
  • Reduce financial impacts to the VALS budget by appearing in matters of complexity and so reducing external briefing

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

Essential

  • Relevant qualification in Law and admission to the Supreme Court of Victoria, with a current unrestricted practicing certificate and not less than 5 years PAE.
  • High level advocacy and legal skills with demonstrated experience of appearing on behalf of relevant parties in the Coroners, Magistrates and Higher Court jurisdictions in all stages of the legal proceedings in criminal law and civil litigation relating to misconduct by members of Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria and other relevant Government entities.
  • In depth knowledge of legislation pertaining to criminal law and civil litigation with a focus on police torts.
  • Demonstrated high level conceptual, analytical and negotiation skills to achieve desired results.
  • Strong management skills and experience of managing, mentoring and developing legal practitioners.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, presentation, verbal and written communication and partnership development skills. This includes with diverse stakeholders, including VALS colleagues, members of the judiciary, partner organisations and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community members experiencing significant anxiety and stress as part of traumatic client work and proceedings.
  • Capability to provide independent, strategic specialist legal advice and guidance to VALS lawyers and community justice teams on complex legal matters and or policy issues impacting the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the social, legal and justice issues including abuse and systemic racism faced by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria

Desirable

  • Accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a Specialist in Criminal Law and or Personal Injury Law would be advantageous.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

 On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
  • Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation
  • Current valid Australian Driver’s Licence

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: PML – Wirraway

 

Please note:

Closing Date: 22 August 2022

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

Applications received after the closing date will not be reviewed. 

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. 

This employment opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

The Deputy State-wide Community Justice Leader oversees and manages the day-to-day delivery of quality community services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and community members in Victoria. VALS Community Justice Program (CJP) is core to the delivery of a culturally safe legal assistance service, with community staff helping our clients more confidently engage with VALS legal assistance and other forms of support relevant to their needs. This is a diverse and evolving portfolio that includes:

  • 1:1 client and family support services across Victoria. This includes specialist assistance relevant to clients affected family and domestic violence. 
  • 1:1 assistance for Aboriginal victims of crime referred by Victoria Police (VicPol)
  •  Specialised support to build independent living skills for women in a residential setting that would otherwise be homeless when exiting custody (Baggarrook)
  • The 24/7 Custody Notification Service (CNS) where Aboriginal community staff contact all Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people entering police custody in Victoria to identify and connect them to any immediate legal assistance and to check in on their welfare, and liaise with VicPol and other services, around their medical and other welfare needs 
  • The design and delivery of community legal education (CLE) to equip community members across Victoria with know-how on key legal needs
  • Aboriginal Community Justice Reports- a pilot project that involves the development of pre-sentence reports about the underlying drivers of individual offending, particularly the impacts of colonisation and systemic racism, to assist courts with sentencing decisions. 

Office Locations: Head Office – 273 High Street, Preston, Victoria 3072. This position will require regional travel and occasional interstate level. 

This role is Full-time (Fixed term until June 2025)

$95,186 plus 10.5% Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available | Access to Company Vehicle

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Day-to-day management of CJP to ensure that quality services are consistently delivered across the CJP in line with funder, organisational and client requirements. This includes ensuring:
    1. Effective planning and co-ordination of all CJP work, directly and/or indirectly through appropriate delegation and supervision, consistent with budget and other resource requirements. 
    2. All CJP staff have a minimum of fortnightly 1:1 supervision and team meetings to support practice alignment and team and individual skills development.
    3. All staff performance and resources are effectively managed. 
    4. All staff are developing professionally consistent with VALS systems and policies and procedures.
    5. All staff discharge their roles and responsibilities consistent with VALS policies, procedures and codes of conduct. This includes in management of their work day, leave, workplace health and safety and expenses. 
  • Empathic ambassador for the organisation representing VALS in wide-ranging fora with diverse external stakeholders including with leaders of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs), Aboriginal justice caucuses and planning bodies (e.g., RAJACs, Baggarook operational group) and the public and community sectors. 
  • In collaboration with the State-wide CJ Leader and other colleagues, plan and implement strategic and operational projects which support and align to the CJP and VALS strategic objectives. 
  • Contribute to CJP budget development and monitor CJP expenditure management
  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation processes relevant to CJP, including having responsibility for the preparation of outcomes and performance reports consistent with funding and other compliance requirements
  • Take an active, corporate and constructive role as a member of the Executive Management Team.
  • Prepare papers, submissions and policy statements high level briefings, reports and presentations for the Board, CEO and relevant stakeholders as required.
  • Participates in ongoing training and staff development and acts and remains professional at all times, upholding VALS values;
  • As directed, undertake other duties as directed which are incidental and peripheral to the main tasks, provided that such duties are reasonably within the employee’s skills, competence and training.


KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

Essential

  • Comprehensive understanding of the issues confronting Aboriginal people and communities in Victoria, with demonstrated cultural sensitivity and commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, access to justice principles and human rights standards.
  • Demonstrated managerial skills and/or qualifications, including in overseeing multi-faceted programs, budgets and program compliance in in complex service delivery environments. Ideally, this includes within the justice sector. 
  • High level staff management and development skills, including in supervision, coaching and mentoring. 
  • Excellent presentation, negotiation and influencing skills, including the capacity to represent VALS at diverse forums relevant to the organisation.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership within, and work as part of a team, in a fast-paced multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Computer and word-processing proficiency. 


MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

 On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
  • Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation
  • Current valid Australian Driver’s Licence

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Deputy State-wide Community Justice Leader

 

Please note:

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. 

This employment opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

This employment opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

The State-wide Community Justice Leader manages the strategic development and delivery of quality community services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and community members in Victoria. VALS Community Justice Program (CJP) is core to the delivery of a culturally safe legal assistance service, with community staff helping our clients more confidently engage with VALS legal assistance and other forms of support relevant to their needs. This is a diverse and evolving portfolio that includes:

  • 1:1 client and family support services across Victoria. This includes specialist assistance relevant to clients affected family and domestic violence.
  • 1:1 assistance for Aboriginal victims of crime referred by Victoria Police (VicPol)
  • Specialised support to build independent living skills for women in a residential setting that would otherwise be homeless when exiting custody
  • The 24/7 Custody Notification Service (CNS) where Aboriginal community staff contact all Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people entering police custody in Victoria to identify and connect them to any immediate legal assistance and to check in on their welfare, and liaise with VicPol and other services, around their medical and other welfare needs
  • The design and delivery of community legal education (CLE) to equip community members across Victoria with know-how on key legal needs
  • Aboriginal Community Justice Reports- a pilot project that involves the development of pre-sentence reports about the underlying drivers of individual offending, particularly the impacts of colonisation and systemic racism, to assist courts with sentencing decisions.

Office Locations: Head Office – 273 High Street, Preston, Victoria 3072. This position will require regional travel and occasional interstate level.

 

This role Full-time (Fixed term until June 2025).

 

$125,744.80 plus 10.5% Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available | Access to Company Vehicle

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Oversee VALS CJP function and lead the development of the CJP.
  • Empathic ambassador for the organisation representing VALS in wide-ranging fora with diverse external stakeholders including Cabinet members, politicians, members of the Aboriginal Justice Forum and senior leaders within Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) and the public and community sectors.
  • Identify and direct strategic and operational projects which support and align to the CJP and VALS strategic objectives. This includes identifying and sourcing new funding opportunities to aid the furthering of VALS strategic objectives.
  • Directly and through appropriate delegation;
    1. Manage and develop funding opportunities and productive partnerships
    2. Supervise and manage VALS community justice programs.
    3. Co-ordinate the work of all CJP staff directly and/or indirectly through appropriate delegation and supervision. This includes ensuring all CJP staff are effectively discharging their professional and ethical responsibilities consistent with VALS policies and procedures and any funding obligations, and are developing professionally.
    4. Ensure that all CJP staff have a minimum of fortnightly 1:1 supervision and weekly team meetings to support practice alignment and team and individual skills development.
    5. Ensure all staff performance and resources are effectively managed.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with key interest groups and internal and external stakeholders and partners of VALS to advance our work and strategic directions
  • Oversee CJP budget development and management, outcomes and performance monitoring and reporting processes, including to ensure conformance with funding and other compliance requirements
  • Take an active, corporate and constructive role as a member of the Executive Management Team.
  • Prepare papers, submissions and policy statements high level briefings, reports and presentations for the Board, CEO and relevant stakeholders as required.
  • Participates in ongoing training and staff development and acts and remains professional at all times, upholding VALS values;

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Essential
  • Comprehensive understanding of the issues confronting Aboriginal people and communities in Victoria, with demonstrated cultural sensitivity and commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, access to justice principles and human rights standards.
  • Demonstrated managerial skills and/or qualifications, including demonstrated experience to deliver state-wide justice services and manage teams spread across a wide geographical area.
  • Excellent presentation, negotiation and influencing skills, including the capacity to represent VALS at diverse forums relevant to the organisation at local, regional, state, national and international levels
  • Demonstrated achievements in strategic planning and program management, including overseeing the development and implementation of innovative community centred solutions to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (ideally as they interact with the justice system).
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership within, and work as part of a team, in a fast-paced multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Computer and word-processing proficiency.

 

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

 On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
  • Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation
  • Current valid Australian Driver’s Licence

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: State-wide Community Justice Leader

 

Please note:

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

This employment opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

This opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

 

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

This position assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients of our Aboriginal Families Practice who are impacted by family and domestic violence. The Family Support Officer (FSO) also acts as liaison between VALS and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the area of family law matters.

Office LocationsHead Office – 273 High Street, Preston VIC 3072; and Baggarrook Office – 22 Rennison St, Braybrook VIC 3019

This role is full-time 12 Month fixed term, with potential to extend depending on funding.

This position may require occasional regional travel.

$64,805 to $68,890.12 plus 10.5% Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available | Access to Company Vehicle

Please note that a new enterprise agreement will shortly be implemented that will increase the base salary to $69,032.50 to $73, 255 + superannuation + leave loading.

 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Act as a source of information, advice and guidance for Aboriginal clients affected by family violence. This includes assisting clients to engage with family law and child protection processes and to take up support services relevant to their needs.
  • Court support, transport assistance, referrals and advocacy on the client’s behalf
  • Reassure the client and explain legal terminology and processes used by the courts and legal profession, not using legal jargon. Where appropriate, take notes of the history of the client’s case and provide them to the solicitor.
  • Develop good understanding of, and relationships with, Aboriginal and other support organisations that have specialism in the area of family violence.
  • Liaison with law and justice services, including the courts, Victoria Police and other legal assistance providers to assist with the provision of a culturally safe service for our clients.
  • Perform administrative tasks to aid reporting, information sharing and quality services for VALS clients. This includes maintaining client contact records on client management systems, preparing activity reports and participating in team and workforce development initiatives consistent with VALS policies and procedures.

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

Essential

  • Hold a certificate or degree in community services, social work or another relevant field. If the candidate does not hold a relevant certificate or degree, they must have 3+ years of experience within the field of family violence.
  • High levels of emotional intelligence, empathy and skills in assisting especially vulnerable Aboriginal women address key support needs.
  • Ability to work alone and be accountable for movements and work performance
  • A demonstrated knowledge of the Victorian legal system, including an understanding of the legal issues and challenges faced by Aboriginal communities in Victoria
  • An understanding of family violence and the impacts on Aboriginal communities
  • Demonstrated computer literacy skills and proficiency using Microsoft Office and other relevant software.
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector.

 

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

 On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
  • Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation
  • Current valid Australian Driver’s Licence

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Family Support Officer

Please note:

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

This opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

Balit Ngulu is a sub-sector of VALS that provide Aboriginal children and young people with appropriate legal advice and representation as well as diverting Aboriginal children and young people from the justice system and support their empowerment and resilience within its service areas.   

As Balit Ngulu Lawyer you will provide high quality legal services, including duty lawyer services, representation, advice, and information in criminal law and intervention order matters to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in Victoria. 

This role will assist clients with matters in the Melbourne metropolitan area. 

 

Office Locations: Bendigo or Melbourne, with regular travel to Bendigo and surrounding areas if Melbourne based.

This role is full-time fixed term for 12 months 

$79,766- $86,341 plus 10.5% Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available | Access to Company Vehicle

 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Under the supervision of the Principal Managing Lawyer (PML), plan and deliver a quality legal advice, representation and assistance service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the Melbourne metropolitan area. This includes at Children’s Court Criminal Division and Children’s Koori Courts. 
  • Participate in community legal education projects, law reform and other Balit Ngulu projects as required. 
  • Maintain positive and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders, including Victoria Legal Aid, pro bono law firms, the Victorian Bar and other community law, justice and support organisations. 
  • Keep up to date with policy, practice and procedure changes relevant to youth justice. 
  • Maintain and develop a strong understanding of issues impacting the youth justice system and particularly as these relate to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people.   
  • You will travel within Melbourne (and occasionally outside Melbourne) to deliver services to Aboriginal young people. Sometimes this travel is outside business hours.   

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • An admitted legal practitioner in Victoria, with up to  24 months post- admission experience. 
  • Knowledge of, and practical experience in, the law and court procedures with a focus on youth justice and the Children’s Court jurisdiction.   
  • A commitment to, and understanding of, the legal issues faced by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people in Victoria. 
  • Demonstrated capacity to work as an advocate and caseworker in complex matters 
  • High levels of emotional intelligence including the capabilities to deliver a trauma informed and culturally safe legal service for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people. 
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others and to foster a co-operative and supportive team environment.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy skills.

 

Desirable

  • A member, or eligible to be a member, of Victoria Legal Aid’s Youth Crime practitioner panel. 
  • Experience working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, including the ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people experiencing significant stress.
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector.

 

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

 On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
  • Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation
  • Current valid Australian Driver’s Licence

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Lawyer – Balit Ngulu

Please note:

No applications will be accepted after the closing date. 

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

This opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

 

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

The Youth Support Officer is a liaison between Balit Ngulu and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people taken into custody by the police and/or engaged with related youth justice processes, such as court. 

As Youth Support Officer you will have an educational role in crime prevention and reduction, and in conjunction with other facilities, to provide for alternative programs to Aboriginal young people and communities. You will work closely with young people and their families and key service providers to support effective and sustained engagement with Balit Ngulu Legal Services. 

This is full-time fixed term for 12 months.

Grade CPB1.2-1.4 $70,943.60- $75,584.60 + super + leave loading. (depending on experience), pending approval of Fair Work Commission VALS Enterprise Agreement 2022

 

Key Performance Indicators, Duties & Responsibility

  • Make contact with the Aboriginal youth affected, accurately identify the issue to be resolved, work with the client on identifying appropriate solutions that will work for them, and establish warm links or referrals to existing programs and services to resolve the issue
  • In partnership with service providers, provide information to young people, their families and carers on procedures, practices, guidelines, legislation and furthermore provide advice of the role the Balit Ngulu Legal Services. 
  • Attend court to support the client and the solicitor;
  • As directed, lodge all necessary court documents;
  • Support clients by providing holistic support to increase young people’s opportunities of enhanced quality of life and community inclusion. This includes working closely with the young person, their family and other key service providers to develop bespoke support plans that are tailored to the individual and focus on keeping the young person safe and to effectively engage in support that develops insight and know-how-for reducing at risk behaviour and offending. This includes goal setting, monitoring progress, advocacy and referrals. 
  • Advocate within the broader community on behalf of clients and their families to support inclusion, participation and respect for rights. 
  • Liaise and network with other Aboriginal organisations and agencies to promote Balit Ngulu and be aware of programs that will assist in the prevention or reduction of crime by Aboriginal young people supported in relevant service areas of the program;
  • Liaise with police and other persons within the justice system to ensure delivery of a culturally relevant service;
  • Perform a range of administrative tasks to ensure the effective delivery of services to Balit Ngulu Legal Service;
  • Represent Balit Ngulu Legal Services at various meetings and report back on those meetings to Balit Ngulu Legal Services management;

Key Selection Criteria

  • A demonstrated understanding of the youth justice system, particularly the principles and philosophy underpinning relevant legislation and the legal issues faced by Victorian Aboriginal communities. 
  • A demonstrated knowledge of the Victorian legal system, including an understanding of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 and key amendments and associated policies and guidelines that youth justice workers use. This includes understanding of Children’s Court practices and procedures or ability to obtain such knowledge. 
  • An excellent understanding of Victorian Aboriginal communities and the issues important to community, particularly as these relate to young people.
  • Demonstrated experience working with the Aboriginal community and with young people; and in working to support effectively coordinated support for young people as part of a whole-family and whole-community approach.
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills;
  • A commitment to and understanding of Victorian Aboriginal culture and communities, and the ability to communicate effectively with members of those communities;
  • The ability to work in a multi-skilled environment;
  • Excellent computer skills.

Qualifications – Essential

  • minimum of a Certificate IV in Youth Work, Diploma in Youth Work and/or equivalent experience.

If not at Diploma level, must be willing to undertake relevant professional qualification (which will be supported by VALS).

 

Mandatory Requirements 

On offer of this position, you must provide: 

  • a copy of your current Employee Working with Children card 
  • a copy of your current Driver’s License that is valid in the State of Victoria. 
  • you will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check
  • proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e. a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate or Immigration VISA documentation
  • evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

 

Please note:

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

This opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

This opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

As Senior Custody Notification Officer (CNO), you will report and assist the Custody Notification Team Leader in ensuring the delivery of smooth operation of the Custody Notification Services.

The Senior CNO will work alongside casual and on-going CNO staff, offering support in performing their role as a liaison between the VALS and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons taken into custody by VicPol.

This position is weekly rotating roster for Monday – Friday

Morning Shift:              8am – 4pm

Mid-day Shift:              10am – 6pm

Afternoon Shift:           12pm – 8pm

Night Shift:                  10pm – 8am

Office Locations: High Street, Preston

This role is full-time fixed term for 12 months.

$61,995.96 plus 10.5% Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available | Access to Company Vehicle.

Please note that a new enterprise agreement will be implemented shortly, and the salary will increase to $62,666.80 (CPA 1.2) +  benefits mentioned above and shift and penalty allowances. 

 

 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Assist the CNS Team Leader with supporting and developing CNS staff and VALS custody notification programs and services. This includes community engagement workers who focus on supporting highly vulnerable Aboriginal persons at high risk of re-entering custody.
  • Assist in coordinating the work of all CNOs and other CNS staff such as community engagement workers, directly and/or indirectly, through appropriate delegation.
  • Undertake induction and training of new staff in all CNS processes and procedures to equip casual and ongoing staff with the right knowledge and skills.
  • Assist in overseeing VALS processes regarding E*Justice Notifications. This includes follow up and monitoring of late notifications and those identified as high risk or highly complex and so require managerial oversight or interception.
  • Respond to e-justice notifications, the on-call Client Support Officer (CSO), the Aboriginal Community Justice Panel (ACJP) or Victoria Police when advised that an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is being held in custody.
  • Contact the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person in custody, provide basic information, conduct a welfare check and coordinate for legal advice from the VALS on-call solicitor. Reassure the client and explain legal terminology and processes used by the police and legal profession, not using legal jargon. Where appropriate, take notes of the history of the client’s case and provide them to the solicitor.
  • Liaise and network with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and agencies to promote VALS and be aware of programs that will assist in the prevention or reduction of crime within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  • Liaise with VicPol and other persons within the justice system to ensure delivery of a culturally relevant service.
  • Perform administrative tasks to ensure effective service delivery to VALS clients, including updating records, providing activity reports, and attending staff meetings.

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

Essential

  • Demonstrated experience is the effective management and development of staff
  • A demonstrated knowledge of the Victorian legal system, including an understanding of the legal issues faced by Victorian Aboriginal communities
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-skilled environment
  • Excellent computer skills
  • A commitment to and understanding of diverse Victorian Aboriginal communities, and the ability to communicate effectively with members of those communities.

It is desirable that you also have experience working in the non-profit sector.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

 On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
  • Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation
  • Current valid Australian Driver’s Licence

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Senior Custody Notification Officer

 

Please note:

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

This opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

This opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

 

Weekly rotating roster – Monday to Friday

  • Morning Shift:              8am – 4pm
  • Mid-day Shift:              10am – 6pm
  • Afternoon Shift:           12pm – 8pm
  • Night Shift:                  10pm – 8am

 

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

At VALS the Custody Notification Service runs as 24 hour/7 day per week service. Our Custody Notification Service also conducts ongoing welfare checks depending on the needs of the Aboriginal person who may be remanded to prison to await trial or are in prison.

As Custody Notification Officer (CNO) at VALS, you will receive notifications about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people entering police custody, which includes all custodial settings such as hospitals and police cars.

CNOs will then contact the person in custody and conduct a rapid conversational assessment to help determine appropriate next steps. This includes providing regular and ongoing phone calls to check on the Aboriginal person’s welfare, advocacy to ensure that an Aboriginal person’s health and social care needs are properly met and liaising with partners such as the Aboriginal Community Justice Panel (ACJP) who conduct in-person welfare checks.

 

Office Locations: High Street, Preston

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2023

$61,952.82 plus 10.5% Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available | Access to Company Vehicle.

Please note that a new enterprise agreement will be implemented shortly, and the salary will increase to $62,282.24 + benefits mentioned above and shift and penalty allowances. 

 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Respond to e-justice notifications, the on-call Client Support Officer (CSO), the Aboriginal Community Justice Panel (ACJP) or Victoria Police when advised that an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is being held in custody;
  • Contact the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person in custody, provide basic information, conduct a welfare check and coordinate for legal advice from the VALS on-call solicitor. Reassure the client and explain legal terminology and processes used by the police and legal profession, not using legal jargon. Where appropriate, take notes of the history of the client’s case and provide them to the solicitor;
  • Liaise and network with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and agencies to promote VALS and be aware of programs that will assist in the prevention or reduction of crime within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community;
  • Liaise with police and other persons within the justice system to ensure delivery of a culturally relevant service;
  • Perform administrative tasks to ensure effective service delivery to VALS clients, including updating records, providing activity reports and attending staff meetings
  • As directed, undertake other duties which are incidental and peripheral to the main tasks, provided that such duties are reasonably within the employee’s skills, competence and training.

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

Essential

  • A demonstrated knowledge of the Victorian legal system and an understanding of the legal issues faced by Victorian Aboriginal communities;
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills;
  • The ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment;
  • Intermediate computer skills, with demonstrated computer literacy skills and proficiency using the Microsoft Office and other relevant software.
  • Ability to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and acknowledge their diverse backgrounds, personalities and varying needs and the unique cultural ways in which they may be expressed.

Desirable

  • Experience working in the non-profit sector.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

 On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
  • Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation
  • Current valid Australian Driver’s Licence

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Custody Notification Officer

Please note:

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

This opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. 

This employment opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

As Community Engagement Officer, you will be assisting vulnerable ATSI community members to better navigate the legal system and address barriers to compliance with law and justice processes. 

The role holder will proactively and persistently make contact Aboriginal persons in police custody and those at greater risk of re-entering custody with the twin aims of: 

  1. supporting compliance with law and justice processes and
  2. helping them overcome challenges to engagement, i.e. – assisting clients with access to key support services: housing, mental health services and financial assistance.

You will also assist  the Custody Notification team as required, to make contact with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons in custody to conduct a welfare check and co-ordinate for legal advice from the VALS on-call solicitor. 

We are currently recruiting for 2 positions:

  • 1 x Full-time Fixed term until  January 2023 (Maternity Leave)
  • 1 x Full-time Fixed term for 12 months

What A Day as A Community Outreach Officer Looks Like:

  • Working alongside CNS clients of VALS, who require additional support and assisting them with positivity, empathy and a focus on better client outcomes.
  • Respond to e-justice notifications, the on-call Client Support Officer (CSO), the Aboriginal Community Justice Panel (ACJP) or Victoria Police when advised that an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is being held in custody. This includes contacting the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person in custody to provide basic information, conduct a welfare check and co-ordinate for legal advice from the VALS on-call solicitor, where relevant. 
  • Proactive and ongoing contact to ensure clients attend court dates and meet requirements of community corrections orders and bail conditions. 
  • Ensuring that clients and their support needs are followed up in a timely and sensitive manner. This includes providing warm referrals to relevant support services. 
  • Assisting clients with access to material assistance and support where possible. 
  • Liaising and networking with key support services for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria. 
  • Engagement of priority cohorts including young people, clients affected by family violence and LGBTIQ+ work;
  • Assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to increase understanding of the law and their legal rights, including to build their capacity to engage with the legal system and take up relevant legal assistance, such as VALS free legal assistance. 

Key Selection Criteria

Essential

  • Hold a certificate or degree in community services, social work or another relevant field. If the candidate does not hold a relevant certificate or degree, they must have 3+ years of experience of supporting vulnerable clients 
  • High levels of emotional intelligence, empathy and skills in assisting especially vulnerable Aboriginal people address key support needs
  • A demonstrated knowledge of the Victorian legal system, including an understanding of the legal issues and challenges faced by Aboriginal communities in Victoria
  • Demonstrated computer literacy skills and proficiency using Microsoft Office and other relevant software
  • Strong interpersonal, representational and communication skills, including the ability to influence and negotiate effectively and a proven capacity to develop effective relationships with a range of stakeholders

Desirable

  • Experience working in the non-profit sector (desirable)

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

 On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
  • Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

 

Please note:

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

This opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

Office Locations: High Street, Preston

Full-time Fixed term for 12 months

$83,650.95 – $90,610.59 (depending on experience) plus 10.5% Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available | Access to Company Vehicle

Please note that we are finalising a new enterprise agreement that will deliver increases to salaries in 2022/23.

 

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

As Senior Criminal Lawyers you are expected to provide high quality legal services, including duty lawyer services, representation, advice and information on criminal law matters to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Appear as a senior advocate in various courts including the Children’s Court Criminal Division, Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Koori Courts in order to represent clients of VALS;
  • Deliver a quality legal service by conducting casework in criminal law matters, including serious indictable matters, for members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • Participate in the on call after hours roster and provide emergency advice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria. As a priority, ensure all VALS clients are represented whilst in custody;
  • Supervise and mentor staff working in the area of criminal law and contribute to the organisation in professional legal education and training;
  • Ability to act in PLO position in a higher duties capacity when required.
  • Participate in community legal education projects, law reform and other VALS projects as required;
  • Participate in case-planning meetings with the criminal law section weekly;
  • Contribute to the collaborative relationship between Victoria Legal Aid and other community organisations with whom VALS interacts;
  • Keep up to date with relevant legal developments and procedures by attending professional legal education programs and maintain an understanding of issues impacting the justice system and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • You will be required to travel across Victoria to deliver services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Sometimes this travel will occur outside of usual business hours; and
  • As directed, undertake other duties which are incidental and peripheral to the main tasks, provided that such duties are reasonably within the employee’s skills, competence and training.

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

Essential

  • Admitted or eligible for admission as a legal practitioner in Victoria;
  • Capability to work as an advocate and caseworker in complex criminal law matters;
  • Substantial knowledge of and practical experience in the law and court procedures with a focus on the criminal law jurisdiction;
  • Ability to supervise, mentor and train staff and contribute to the development of individuals and their knowledge and skills in criminal law;
  • Sound interpersonal skills and the capacity to communicate effectively with members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community;
  • A commitment to and understanding of 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 co-operative and supportive team environment;
  • A knowledge of the principles and values of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service;
  • Basic competency in the use of MS Office Software (particularly MS Word, Excel, E-mail) to a legal practice and the capacity to quickly acquire competency in the use of VALS’ client data base;
  • Ability to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and acknowledge their diverse backgrounds, personalities and varying needs and the unique cultural ways in which they may be expressed;

 

Desirable

  • Member or eligible to be a Victoria Legal Aid Panel member for summary, indictable and youth matters;
  • Accredited Criminal Law Specialist.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

 On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
  • Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation
  • Current valid Australian Driver’s Licence

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Senior Lawyer – Criminal Law

Please note:

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

Office Locations: High Street, Preston 

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2025

 

Competitive salary on offer plus 10.5% Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available | Access to Company Vehicle

Please note that we are finalising a new enterprise agreement that will deliver increases to salaries in 2022/23.

 

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

As VALS Criminal Lawyer you will provide high quality legal services, including duty lawyer services, representation, advice and information in criminal law matters to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria.

 (Travel across Victoria is required to deliver services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Travel may occur outside of usual business hours)

 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Under the supervision of the Senior Criminal Lawyers and the Executive Officer Legal Practice, appear with leave as an advocate in various courts including the Children’s Court Criminal Division, Magistrates Court, County Court and Koori Courts in order to represent clients of VALS in criminal matters.
  • Deliver a quality legal service by conducting casework in criminal law matters for members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  • Participate in the on call after hours roster and under the supervision of the Senior Criminal Lawyers and the Executive Officer Legal Practice provide emergency advice to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria.
  • Ensure all VALS clients are represented whilst in custody.
  • Participate in community legal education projects, law reform and other VALS projects as required.
  • Participate in case-planning meetings with the criminal law section weekly.
  • Contribute to the collaborative relationship between Victoria Legal Aid and other community organisations with whom VALS interacts.
  • Keep up to date attending professional legal education and maintaining an understanding of issues impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Admitted or eligible for admission as a legal practitioner in Victoria.
  • Sound interpersonal skills and the capacity to communicate effectively with members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  • A commitment to and understanding of the legal issues faced by members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community in Victoria.

 

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

 On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
  • Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation
  • Current valid Australian Driver’s Licence

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Criminal Lawyer

Please note:

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

Office Locations: 273 High Street, Preston

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2025

 

Competitive salary on offer plus 10.5% Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available | Access to Company Vehicle

Please note that we are finalising a new enterprise agreement that will deliver increases to salaries in 2022/23.

 

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

As VALS Family Lawyer, you will be expected to provide high quality legal services, including information, advice, representation, casework, negotiation, and dispute resolution. You will perform outreach in Family Law matters with a focus on family violence and related hearings in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and the Federal Circuit and Family Courts of Australia on behalf of members of the Aboriginal community in Victoria. This position also conducts some legal services in relation to child protection matters.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Appear as an advocate on behalf of VALS clients in Family Law proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and the Federal Circuit and Family Courts of Australia and at other state-wide locations as required.
  • Deliver high quality legal services, including information, advice and casework 
  • Maintain a substantial caseload in family law, child protection and family violence matters.
  • Prepare and comply with applications for grants of legal assistance and reporting requirements for matters eligible for Victoria Legal Aid funding.
  • Attend, participate and contribute to the planning, service delivery and continuous improvement of the Aboriginal Families Practice and VALS.
  • Contribute to VALS projects, policy and law reform initiatives, and community and professional legal education programs as required.
  • Keep up to date with relevant legal developments and procedures by attending professional legal education and maintain an understanding of issues, risks and trends 
  • Impacting upon legal services and members of the Aboriginal community in Victoria.

 

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Admitted as a legal practitioner for a minimum of 2 years in Victoria and in the High Court of Australia. (Essential)
  • Demonstrated ability to act as an advocate and to deliver information, casework and outreach services, and undertake negotiation and dispute resolution for VALS clients in Family Violence, Intervention Orders and Family Law matters. (Essential)
  • Knowledge of and practical experience in relevant law and procedure, with a focus on Family Violence Intervention Orders and Family Law and willingness to conduct child protection matters. This includes in advancing the Aboriginal child placement principle. (Essential)
  • Sound interpersonal and communication skills, including with Aboriginal and Torres   
  • Strait Islander people who may be experiencing distress, VALS staff and other organisations with which VALS interacts.
  • A commitment to, and understanding of the legal issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities
  • Quick and accurate decision-maker, with proved skills in working under pressure and meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others to foster a co-operative and supportive team environment consistent with the principles and values of the VALS.
  • Competency in the use of MS Office software (Word, Excel, E-mail) and the capacity
  • Fast learner, with ability to acquire competency in the use of VALS’ client management systems.

 

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

 On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
  • Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation
  • Current valid Australian Driver’s Licence

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Lawyer – Aboriginal Families Practice

 

Please note:

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

 

Office Locations: High Street, Preston

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2024

$83,650.95 – $90,610.59 (depending on experience) plus 10.5% Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available | Access to Company Vehicle

Please note that we are finalising a new enterprise agreement that will deliver increases to salaries in 2022/23.

Overview of the position:

The Senior Lawyer, Coronial Practice, will provide a key role as lead advocate and support for Aboriginal families engaged in coronial matters. This is at all stages of the coronial process. For example, this includes:

  • In advising and assisting Aboriginal families to request a coronial inquest. 
  • In the case of a death in custody of an Indigenous person, legal advice and assistance to family members may begin from the initial notification within 48 hours of the death by the Koori Engagement Unit, Victorian State Coroner, through the directions hearing and the remainder of the coronial investigation, including any subsequent inquest. 
  • The Senior Lawyer, Coronial Practice, will work closely with Community Justice Program, Civil and Human Rights Law and Policy, Communications and Strategy colleagues to provide culturally safe legal assistance to Aboriginal families in emotionally charged and often high profile and complex coronial matters. 
  • The Senior Lawyer will guide clients throughout the process, keeping them informed and providing strategic advice while collating relevant information, opinion and statements. 

Key duties and responsibilities: 

  • Providing high quality, culturally safe and trauma informed legal information, advice, assistance and representation to Aboriginal families at all stages of a prospective and actual coronial matter. Thus includes assisting Aboriginal families to determine whether and how they pursue and/or engage in coronial processes.
  • Liaison and high-level negotiation with the Coroner’s Court, Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria, legal assistance providers and wide-ranging services, including related to corrections and community health, child protection, drug and alcohol and family violence.
  • Advocacy on behalf of Aboriginal families that are engaged with coronial matters. This includes close work the key Aboriginal support services such as Dhajowa Foundation.
  • Established effective and productive partnerships with Aboriginal and mainstream services and other support organisations.

Key Selection Criteria: 

Essential

  • 4 years+ post qualification experience as a lawyer with an unsupervised practicing certificate.
  • Excellent negotiation and influencing including skills within a complex stakeholder environment.
  • High levels of emotional intelligence including the capabilities to deliver a trauma informed and culturally safe legal service for Aboriginal and/or Torres Straight Islander people.
  • Experience working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Straight Islander people experiencing significant stress.
  • Sound computer skills.
  • Ability and willingness to undertake travel in Victoria.

Desirable 

  • Experience of work on coronial matters.
  • Experience of work within Aboriginal legal services, Victoria Legal Aid and/or community legal centres.
  • Experience in courtroom advocacy.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

 On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
  • Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation
  • Current valid Australian Driver’s Licence

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Senior Lawyer – Coronial Practice

Please note:

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

Providing high quality legal services, including information, advice, representation, casework, negotiation and dispute resolution, and outreach services primarily in Family Law matters with a focus on family violence and related hearings in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and the Federal Circuit and Family Courts of Australia on behalf of members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria. This position also requires a willingness to conduct child protection matters. 

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2025

$83,650.95 – $90,610.59 (depending on experience) plus 10.5% Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available | Access to Company Vehicle

Please note that we are finalising a new enterprise agreement that will deliver increases to salaries in 2022/23.

 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Appear as an advocate on behalf of VALS clients in Family Law proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and the Federal Circuit and Family Courts of Australia, and at other state-wide locations as required.
  • Deliver high quality legal services, including information, advice and casework on behalf of VALS clients in Family Law matters and other related matters as required.
  • Maintain a substantial caseload in Family Law matters.
  • Prepare and comply with applications for grants of legal assistance and reporting requirements for matters eligible for VLA funding.’
  • Attend, participate and contribute to the planning, service delivery and continuous improvement of the Family Law Practice and VALS.
  • Contribute to VALS projects, policy and law reform initiatives, and community and professional legal education programs as required.
  • Contribute to the collaborative relationship with VLA and other community organisations with which VALS interacts.
  • Keep up to date with relevant legal developments and procedures by attending professional legal education programs and maintain an understanding of issues, risks and trends impacting upon the provision of relevant legal services and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria.

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • 3-4 years of practical experience in relevant law and procedure, with a focus on Family Violence Intervention Orders, Family Law and a willingness to conduct child protection matters.
  • Admitted or eligible for admission as a legal practitioner in Victoria and in the High Court of Australia.
  • Demonstrated ability to act as an advocate, deliver information, advice, casework and outreach services, and undertake negotiation and dispute resolution on behalf of VALS clients in Family Violence, Intervention Orders and, to a lesser extent, Family Law matters.
  • Ability to supervise, mentor and train staff and volunteers and contribute to the development of individuals and their knowledge and skills in criminal law;
  • Sound interpersonal skills and the capacity to communicate effectively with members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and more broadly with multidisciplinary colleagues and VALS partners
  • A commitment to and understanding of VALS and the legal issues faced by members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria;
  • Basic competency in the use of MS Office Software (particularly MS Word, Excel, E-mail) to a legal practice and the capacity to quickly acquire competency in the use of VALS’ client management system.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

 On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
  • Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation
  • Current valid Australian Driver’s Licence

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Senior Lawyer – Family Law

 

Please note:

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2025

$83,650.95 – $90,610.59 (depending on experience) plus 10.5% Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available | Access to Company Vehicle

Please note that we are finalising a new enterprise agreement that will deliver increases to salaries in 2022/23.

 

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

As VALS Senior Criminal Lawyer, you will be a lead advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people interacting with the criminal justice system within the transformed Bendigo court precinct that rolls out from early 2023. You are also expected to provide high quality legal services, including duty lawyer services, representation, advice and information on criminal law matters to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Appear as a senior advocate in various courts including the Children’s Court Criminal Division, Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Koori Courts in order to represent clients of VALS;
  • Deliver a quality legal service by conducting casework in criminal law matters, including serious indictable matters, for members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • Participate in the on call after hours roster and provide emergency advice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria. As a priority, providing legal assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in police custody;
  • Supervise and mentor staff working in the area of criminal law and contribute to the organisation in professional legal education and training;
  • Ability to act in PLO position in a higher duties capacity when required.
  • Participate in community legal education projects, law reform and other VALS projects as required;
  • Participate in case-planning meetings with the criminal law section weekly;
  • Contribute to the collaborative relationship between Victoria Legal Aid and other community organisations with whom VALS interacts;
  • Keep up to date with relevant legal developments and procedures by attending professional legal education programs and maintain an understanding of issues impacting the justice system and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • You will serve the transformed Bendigo court precinct (rolling out from 2023) and have requirements to travel throughout Victoria to deliver services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Sometimes this travel will occur outside of usual business hours

 

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Admitted or eligible for admission as a legal practitioner in Victoria;
  • Capability to work as an advocate and caseworker in complex criminal law matters, with knowledge of, and practical experience in the law and court procedures within the criminal law jurisdiction.
  • Ability to supervise, mentor and train staff and volunteers and contribute to the development of individuals and their knowledge and skills in criminal law;
  • Sound interpersonal skills and the capacity to communicate effectively with members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and more broadly with multidisciplinary colleagues and VALS partners
  • A commitment to and understanding of VALS and the legal issues faced by members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria;
  • Basic competency in the use of MS Office Software (particularly MS Word, Excel, E-mail) to a legal practice and the capacity to quickly acquire competency in the use of VALS’ client management system.

 

Desirable

  • Member or eligible to be a Victoria Legal Aid Panel member for summary, indictable and youth matters
  • Accredited Criminal Law Specialist
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

 On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
  • Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation
  • Current valid Australian Driver’s Licence

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Senior Lawyer – Criminal Law

 

Please note:

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

Providing high quality legal services, including information, advice, representation, casework, negotiation and dispute resolution, and outreach services primarily in Family Law matters with a focus on family violence and related hearings in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and the Federal Circuit and Family Courts of Australia on behalf of members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria. This position also requires a willingness to conduct child protection matters. 

 

Office Location: Lava Street, Warrnambool

$83,650.95 – $90,610.59 (depending on experience) plus 10.5% Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available | Access to Company Vehicle

Please note that we are finalising a new enterprise agreement that will deliver increases to salaries in 2022/23.

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2024

 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Appear as an advocate on behalf of VALS clients in Family Law proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and the Federal Circuit and Family Courts of Australia, and at other state-wide locations as required.
  • Deliver high quality legal services, including information, advice and casework on behalf of VALS clients in Family Law matters and other related matters as required.
  • Maintain a substantial caseload in Family Law matters.
  • Prepare and comply with applications for grants of legal assistance and reporting requirements for matters eligible for VLA funding.’
  • Attend, participate and contribute to the planning, service delivery and continuous improvement of the Family Law Practice and VALS.
  • Contribute to VALS projects, policy and law reform initiatives, and community and professional legal education programs as required.
  • Contribute to the collaborative relationship with VLA and other community organisations with which VALS interacts.
  • Keep up to date with relevant legal developments and procedures by attending professional legal education programs and maintain an understanding of issues, risks and trends impacting upon the provision of relevant legal services and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria.

 

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • 3-4 years of practical experience in relevant law and procedure, with a focus on Family Violence Intervention Orders, Family Law and a willingness to conduct child protection matters.
  • Admitted or eligible for admission as a legal practitioner in Victoria and in the High Court of Australia.
  • Demonstrated ability to act as an advocate, deliver information, advice, casework and outreach services, and undertake negotiation and dispute resolution on behalf of VALS clients in Family Violence, Intervention Orders and, to a lesser extent, Family Law matters.
  • Ability to supervise, mentor and train staff and volunteers and contribute to the development of individuals and their knowledge and skills in criminal law;
  • Sound interpersonal skills and the capacity to communicate effectively with members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and more broadly with multidisciplinary colleagues and VALS partners
  • A commitment to and understanding of VALS and the legal issues faced by members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria;
  • Basic competency in the use of MS Office Software (particularly MS Word, Excel, E-mail) to a legal practice and the capacity to quickly acquire competency in the use of VALS’ client management system.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

 On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
  • Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation
  • Current valid Australian Driver’s Licence

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Senior Lawyer – Family Law (Warrnambool)

 

Please note:

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

As Senior Criminal Lawyer, you will provide high quality legal services, including duty lawyer services, representation, advice and information on criminal law matters to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria.

Operating from new offices that VALS has recently established in Warrnambool, you will be a lead advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people interacting with the criminal justice system within the Warrnambool court precincts.

 

Office Location: Lava Street, Warrnambool

$83,650.95 – $90,610.59 (depending on experience) plus 10.5% Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available | Access to Company Vehicle

Please note that we are finalising a new enterprise agreement that will deliver increases to salaries in 2022/23.

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2024

 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Appear as a senior advocate in various courts including the Children’s Court Criminal Division, Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Koori Courts in order to represent clients of VALS;
  • Deliver a quality legal service by conducting casework in criminal law matters, including serious indictable matters, for members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • Participate in the on call after hours roster and provide emergency advice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria. As a priority, providing legal assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in police custody;
  • Supervise and mentor staff working in the area of criminal law and contribute to the organisation in professional legal education and training;
  • Ability to act in PLO position in a higher duties capacity when required.
  • Participate in community legal education projects, law reform and other VALS projects as required;
  • Participate in case-planning meetings with the criminal law section weekly;
  • Contribute to the collaborative relationship between Victoria Legal Aid and other community organisations with whom VALS interacts;
  • Keep up to date with relevant legal developments and procedures by attending professional legal education programs and maintain an understanding of issues impacting the justice system and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • As directed, undertake other duties which are incidental and peripheral to the main tasks, provided that such duties are reasonably within the employee’s skills, competence and training.

 

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

  • Admitted or eligible for admission as a legal practitioner in Victoria;
  • Capability to work as an advocate and caseworker in complex criminal law matters, with knowledge of, and practical experience in the law and court procedures within the criminal law jurisdiction.
  • Ability to supervise, mentor and train staff and volunteers and contribute to the development of individuals and their knowledge and skills in criminal law;
  • Sound interpersonal skills and the capacity to communicate effectively with members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and more broadly with multidisciplinary colleagues and VALS partners
  • A commitment to and understanding of VALS and the legal issues faced by members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria;
  • Basic competency in the use of MS Office Software (particularly MS Word, Excel, E-mail) to a legal practice and the capacity to quickly acquire competency in the use of VALS’ client management system.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:

 On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
  • Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation
  • Current valid Australian Driver’s Licence

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Senior Lawyer – Criminal Law (Warrnambool)

 

Please note:

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

This opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

 

ABOUT THE ROLE

The CSO acts as liaison between VALS and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people interacting with the justice system. The CSO helps address barriers Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people face in engaging with criminal, family and civil justice processes. CSOs have an educational role in crime prevention and reduction, and in conjunction with other facilities, offer alternative programs to Aboriginal communities.

  • Respond to e-justice notifications, the on-call CSO, the Aboriginal Community Justice Panel (ACJP) or Victoria Police when advised that an Aboriginal person is being held in custody;
  • Contact the Aboriginal person in custody, provide basic information and exercise discretion as to whether the on-call solicitor should be contacted. Reassure the client and explain legal terminology and processes used by the police and legal profession, not using legal jargon. Where appropriate, take notes of the history of the client’s case and provide them to the solicitor;
  • Attend court to support the client and the solicitor; and as directed, lodge all necessary court documents;
  • Liaise and network with other Aboriginal organisations to promote VALS and be aware of programs that help prevent or reduce crime within Victorian Aboriginal communities;
  • Liaise with police and other persons within the justice system to ensure delivery of a culturally relevant service;
  • Represent VALS at various meetings and report back on those meetings to VALS management;
  • Perform a range of administrative tasks to ensure the effective delivery of services to VALS clients. This includes providing activity reports on a timely basis, attending staff meetings as required, and ensuring that data is entered into the VALS client management system
  • Participates in ongoing training and staff development and acts and remains professional at all times, upholding VALS values;
  • As directed, undertake other duties as directed which are incidental and peripheral to the main tasks, provided that such duties are reasonably within the employee’s skills, competence and training.

 

12-months Fixed-term | Full-time 

This position may require regional travel.

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA

  • A demonstrated knowledge of the Victorian legal system;
  • An understanding of the legal issues faced by Victorian Aboriginal communities and a commitment to and understanding of Victorian Aboriginal culture and community, and the ability to communicate effectively with members of those communities;
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills;
  • The ability to work in a multi-skilled environment;
  • Excellent computer skills, including experience with working with data bases.

 

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

On offer of this position, you must provide:

  • A copy of your current Employee Working with Children card
  • A copy of your current Victorian Driver’s License
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e. a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate or Immigration VISA documentation
  • Up to date COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate or valid medical exemption

 

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Client Service Officer – Warrnambool 

 

Please note:

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

This opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

*Only successful applications will be contacted*

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service frequently offers a number of employment opportunities within our Legal, Community Justice and Executive and Corporate Services.

If you are an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who is seeking to work with our organisation please send your current resume along with your preferred area/role and region (metro, Loddon, Barwon etc.) 

Join our Talent Pool by clicking the button below.

We will contact you as new opportunities arise.

To determine eligibility VALS will:

  • enquire as to the Aboriginality of the client;
  • enquire as to perceived or actual conflict of interest;
  • enquire as to compliance with the Means Test;
  • consider the merit of the client’s matter.

Aboriginality
The first time someone uses VALS they must provide proof of their Aboriginality using the Confirmation of Aboriginality Form. This form must be signed and sealed by the Officer Bearers of a recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation.

Conflict
VALS must not decline to provide assistance to an eligible person, group or body on the grounds that the other party to the matter is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. In circumstances where the relationship between the parties to a case would result in a conflict of interest, that conflict must be managed in accordance with the Victorian Legal Practice requirements and Policy Direction 9 – “Managing Conflicts of Interest” – of the Attorney-General’s Department Policy Directions for the Delivery of Legal Aid Services to Indigenous Australians (2008).

VALS will not act if a conflict of interest exists. A conflict of interest may be an ‘actual’ conflict of interest or a ‘perceived’ conflict of interest. A conflict of interest can involve:

  • Clients who have different interests, such as VALS may have advised or acted for person “A” (old client) who has an interest that conflicts with person “B” (intended new client).
  • Clients and VALS, such as a VALS staff member or Board Member has an interest that conflicts with an intended new client. Conflicts involving client-provider relationships are:
    •  An owner, director, manager, employee, contractor or agent of VALS and/or;
    • An employee of the Department; and/or
    • A close relative (spouse, de facto, parent, sibling or child) of any of the above.

VALS provides assistance on a first in best dressed basis (i.e. provide direct assistance to the party who approaches VALS first). VALS will refer the other party to another legal service provider or “brief out” the client to a private lawyer (subject to the client meeting the requirements for brief outs). Where appropriate, VALS may act for one client and provide assistance by brief out to the other.

Means Test
Where a person seeks casework assistance, VALS must ensure that applicants satisfy the Means Testing provisions of the Policy Directions.

VALS must ensure that all applicants for legal casework assistance satisfy one or more of the following requirements:

  • Under 18 years of age;
  • Main source of income comes from Community Development Employment Projects; (CDEP) participant wages or Centrelink (or equivalent) benefits; or
  • Gross household income is under $52,000 per annum.

Note: Household income includes the income of your partner, spouse, relative including an adult child who you live with.

The Means Test will be administered in two parts:

Part A: Requires the completion of a small number of questions relating to the applicant’s personal circumstances and income level.

Part B: Is required where applicants do not satisfy the criteria in Part A. It requires more detail about the applicant’s income, assets, employment status and number of dependents.

Merit Test
Discretion will be used to determine if a particular case has merit.