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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, LGBTQI+ communities and from diverse cultures, language groups, abilities, and experiences.

Grow, develop and be rewarded

  •  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.

View our multiple positions available below:

We are excited to announce that VALS is establishing a new office in Bendigo.

This fits our strategic plans to locate more legal services where Aboriginal people
live in Victoria and presents exciting opportunities for experienced lawyers to
lead criminal and family/child protection law advocacy for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people in the Loddon region. 

Working as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes an Aboriginal court support officer, you
will be amongst the very first lawyers working in the transformed Bendigo
courts precinct that starts rolling out in 2023.

 

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2025

Salary Offer: from 83,650 plus Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available

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

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. 

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

Salary Offer: from 83,650 plus Superannuation + On-Call Allowance | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available

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.

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2024

Salary Offer: from $83,650 plus Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available

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

 

 

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. 

 

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.

 

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2024

Salary Offer: from 83,650 plus Superannuation + On-Call Allowance | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available

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 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.

 

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.

 

Office Locations: High Street, Preston 

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2025

Competitive Salary plus Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available

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: High Street, Preston

12 months Full-time Fixed term

Salary Offer: from $82,293.12 plus Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available

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:

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.

Office Location: High Street, Preston

Employment: Full-time Fixed term until June 2023

Salary Offer: $55-63,000 depending on experience, Plus Superannuation, Salary Packaging Available.

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

 

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

The Information Management Officer is a member of the Executive and Corporate Services team, who works to achieve the VALS goals and objectives. The position is responsible for working with external providers to make sure our website, social media and web and mobile app are operating effectively, data analysis and verification activities and assisting with the creation and maintenance of systems and large-scale filing.

 

Key Responsibilities: 

What might the Information Management Officer be involved with each day?

  • Acting as VALS focal point for liaison with our digital services, including updating content on VALS websites and troubleshooting website, web-app and social media platform issues.
  • Performing regular data integrity and quality audits, including verifying, and improving data. 
  • Accuracy and reliability within storage systems and from other hard copy and digital sources.
  • Troubleshooting information storage issues.
  • Maintain large scale filing systems for confidential records.
  • Conducting data analysis of client information and storage systems, including creating and submitting data collation reports.
  • Administration tasks including preparation of instructional documentation.
  • Work closely with Principal Managing Lawyers and the Policy, Communications and Strategy Team. 
  • Ensure adherence to all relevant organisational policies.
  • As directed, undertake duties which are incidental to the main tasks, provided that such duties are reasonably within the employee’s skills, competence, and training.

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

Essential

  • Experienced with Microsoft Office suite, computerised database maintenance, data extraction, data analysis and verification, and manual filing systems.
  • A demonstrable interest in information management. For instance, through work experience and/or relevant qualifications.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills with solid administration capability.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and develop strong working relationships within a multi-skilled and multi-disciplinary working environment of continuous improvement, innovation, and change.
  • Commitment to developing skills and competencies. Note we will help you with this too.

 

Desirable 

  • Knowledge of client management database software.
  • Experience with computerised database creation.
  • 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 send your Resume/ CV together with a Cover Letter which addresses the Key Selection Criteria to jobs@vals.org.au 

 

Applications close: 11 July 2022, 5:00PM

 

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.

Office Locations: 81 Pine Avenue, Mildura

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2025

Salary Offer: from 68,316.56 plus Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available

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

 

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

As Family Lawyer, you will provide high quality legal services, including information, advice, representation, casework, negotiation, and dispute resolution, as well as conducting legal services in relation to child protection matters. You may also perform outreach activities in Family Law, child protection and family violence matters 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 may require regional and very occasional interstate travel.

 

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.

 

What do you need to be successful in this role?

  • Fully committed to social justice and to ensure that every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their background, abilities, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or religion.
  • Abide to VALS Values, Code of Conduct and relevant VALS policies and procedures and government legislation and standards.
  • Emotionally intelligent – respects self, colleagues and clients and shows empathy where appropriate
  • Ethical and professional – understands and complies with professional responsibilities and laws as a lawyer, including risk management protocols
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Works with team in a collaborative manner.
  • Proactively seeks out work opportunities – takes ownership and uses initiative.
  • Reports at regular intervals on progress.
  • Anticipates, plans, and prioritises work – manages competing demands.
  • Adheres to organisation policies and procedures.
  • Builds rapport with clients and stakeholders.

 

Essential Requirements

  • Admitted as a legal practitioner for a minimum of 2 years in Victoria and in the High Court of Australia.
  • 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, to a lesser extent, Family Law matters.
  • 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.

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

Applications close Monday 11 July 2022, 5:00PM

 

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.

Office Locations: High Street, Preston

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2024

Salary Offer: $82,293.12 plus Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available

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

 

 

ABOUT US:

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Co-operative Limited (VALS) was established as a community-controlled Co-operative Society in 1973. VALS plays an important role in providing referrals, advice/information, duty work or case work assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the State of Victoria. We are also actively involved in community education, research and advocacy around law reform and policy development. Here at VALS, we strive to:

  • Promote social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Promote the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to empowerment, identity, and culture.
  • Ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy their rights, are aware of their responsibilities under the law and have access to appropriate advice, assistance, and representation.
  • Reduce the disproportionate involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system.
  • Promote the review of legislation and other practices which discriminate against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

 

For more information about VALS, please visit our website https://www.vals.org.au/

 

 


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

Applications close Monday 04 July 2022, 5:00PM

 

 

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.

Office Locations: High Street, Preston

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2024

Salary Offer: from $68,316 plus Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available

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

 

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

As Lawyer specialising in managing Custodial Health, you will play a key role helping Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with legal information, advice and assistance arising from the failure of Victoria Police and Corrections Victoria and associated sub-contractors to provide adequate healthcare. With the supervision of more senior staff, you will deliver a casework service to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in and/or have been in police and/or prison custody.

 Through 1:1 casework, the Lawyer will assist with the identification of more systemic problems associated with the provision of healthcare within custodial environments. Working collaboratively with colleagues within VALS and partner agencies such as Victorian Legal Aid, the Lawyer will inform inside track and external advocacy for our clients in custody related to healthcare. 

 

 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Speak to and gather information from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients with healthcare related issues in custody.
  • Conduct high quality, culturally safe casework for these clients. This includes providing legal information, advice, assistance, and representation to Aboriginal clients. For instance, this includes in the form of prison complaints and civil litigation.
  • Gather data regarding systemic issues in the provision of healthcare for our clients in custody.
  • Working with colleagues within VALS to use VALS casework to inform systemic advocacy and reform for our clients in custody relating to healthcare.
  • Establish effective and productive partnerships with Aboriginal and mainstream services and other support organisations.

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

Essential

  • Admitted or eligible for admission as a legal practitioner in Victoria.
  • Experience of or understanding of the role of a caseworker and advocate in civil law matters, including knowledge of the law and court procedures
  • Sound interpersonal skills and the capacity to communicate effectively with members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  • 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 people
  • Ability to work in a multi-skilled, team working environment.
  • Sound computer skills.
  • Ability and willingness to undertake travel in Victoria.

 

Desirable

  • Experience of work within custody settings e.g., prison and/or police custody.
  • Experience of work within Aboriginal legal services, Victorian Legal Aid and/or community legal centres

 

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 – Custodial Health

Applications close Monday 04 July 2022, 5:00PM

 

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.

Office Locations: High Street, Preston

Full-time Fixed term until 30 June 2024

Salary Offer: $76,237.51 plus Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available

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

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

Working collaboratively across VALS, the Policy, Communications and Strategy Team is responsible for high quality research, co-ordination of key research partnerships and projects, developing and implementing advocacy strategies, and preparing policy submissions and initiatives. This is done in the context of developing and promoting VALS as a strong voice for the Aboriginal communities we serve.

The focus of the role is supporting the Aboriginal Justice Caucus (AJC), Aboriginal Justice Agreement, to conduct a review into Victoria’s implementation of the recommendations arising for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths In Custody (RCIADIC). This includes assessing related reviews and supporting AJC engagement with the Yoorrook Commission by way of submissions, initiatives, meetings and advocacy strategies.

Key Responsibilities: 

Working collaboratively across VALS, the Policy, Communications and Strategy Team is responsible for high quality research, co-ordination of key research partnerships and projects, developing and implementing advocacy strategies, and preparing policy submissions and initiatives. This is done in the context of developing and promoting VALS as a strong voice for the Aboriginal communities we serve.

The focus of the role is supporting the Aboriginal Justice Caucus (AJC), Aboriginal Justice Agreement, to conduct a review into Victoria’s implementation of the recommendations arising for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths In Custody (RCIADIC). This includes assessing related reviews and supporting AJC engagement with the Yoorrook Commission by way of submissions, initiatives, meetings and advocacy strategies. 

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:

Essential

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications (e.g., politics, law, public policy)
  • Knowledge and experience of political processes and Government policy making in a campaigning or lobbying role
  • A commitment to and understanding of the legal issues faced by members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria.
  • Experience campaigning via social media platforms
  • High-level written and verbal communication skills relevant to the role such as experience of writing policy documents, government submissions and media communications
  • Demonstrated advocacy, relationship-building, and stakeholder engagement skills
  • Well-developed analytical skills and capacity to understand and apply research evidence and legislation
  • Ability to work autonomously and to collaborate in a small team environment
  • High level organisational and administrative skills and ability to prioritise workload, to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Computer literacy skills including proficiency using the Microsoft Office 

     

Desirable

  • Training or experience in the legal sector, particularly in areas of social justice and human rights
  • Understanding of the role of Aboriginal legal services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations
  • 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 Research & Advocacy Officer

Applications close Monday 27 June 2022, 5:00PM

 

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.

Office Locations: High Street, Preston

Full-time Fixed term until 30 June 2024

Salary Offer: from $68,316.56+  plus Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available

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

 

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

Working collaboratively across VALS, the Policy, Communications and Strategy Team is responsible for high quality research, co-ordination of key research partnerships and projects, developing and implementing advocacy strategies, and preparing policy submissions and initiatives. This is done in the context of developing and promoting VALS as a strong voice for the Aboriginal communities we serve.

The focus of the role is supporting the Aboriginal Justice Caucus (AJC), Aboriginal Justice Agreement, to conduct a review into Victoria’s implementation of the recommendations arising for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths In Custody (RCIADIC). This includes assessing related reviews and supporting AJC engagement with the Yoorrook Commission by way of submissions, initiatives, meetings and advocacy strategies. 

 

Key Performance Indicators, Duties & Responsibility

Strategy and Planning

  • Support the Senior Aboriginal Justice Policy, Research & Advocacy Officer to: 
  • Develop policy and research about RCIADIC and Yoorrook (in line with their stated aims under Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja) and the expectations of their members and Aboriginal communities. 
  • Contribute to, and measure impact and review progress on advocacy
  • Identify and respond to emerging opportunities to influence law and policy.
  • Other duties as required
  • Other duties as required 

 

Policy, research and advocacy

  • Working closely with AJC and VALS colleagues, develop and implement research projects. This includes preparation of position papers, reports and submissions that contribute to implementation of VALS policy, research and advocacy related to RCIADIC and the Yoorrook Commission 
  • Provide support and advice to the AJC Chairs and VALS CEO to fulfil their role in advocating for systemic change at diverse fora.
  • Engage and participate in relevant working groups and fora as required.
  • Provide support to develop and implement research projects being undertaken.

 

Stakeholder management

  • Support the Senior Aboriginal Justice Policy, Research & Advocacy Officer to maintain strong working relationships with the AJC Chairs and other key internal and external stakeholders, including RAJAC’s, ACCO members of the AJC, research institutions, government and community legal organisations
  • Support the Senior Aboriginal Justice Policy, Research & Advocacy Officer participate in relevant coalitions to further VALS strategic aims and to develop and present on policy, research & advocacy activities at meetings and conferences as required

 

Internal Obligations

  • Commitment to Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja and VALS’s strategic plan
  • Attend and actively contribute at team and working group meetings
  • Provide supervision, mentoring and guidance to other policy staff and contractors, including volunteers
  • Undertake other duties & responsibilities within the scope of the role as directed
  • Participate in regular supervision meetings and performance reviews with the Senior Aboriginal Justice Policy, Research & Advocacy Officer and the Head of Policy, Communications and Strategy
  • Participate in regular stakeholder meetings with the AJC
     

 

Key Selection Criteria

Essential

  • Knowledge and experience of political processes and Government policy making in a campaigning or lobbying role
  • A commitment to and understanding of the legal issues faced by members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria.
  • Experience campaigning via social media platforms
  • High-level written and verbal communication skills relevant to the role such as experience of writing policy documents, government submissions and media communications
  • Demonstrated advocacy, relationship-building, and stakeholder engagement skills
  • Well-developed analytical skills and capacity to understand and apply research evidence and legislation
  • Ability to work autonomously and to collaborate in a small team environment
  • High level organisational and administrative skills and ability to priorities workload, to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Computer literacy skills including proficiency using the Microsoft Office 

 

Desirable

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications (e.g., politics, law, public policy)
  • Training or experience in the legal sector, particularly in areas of social justice and human rights
  • Understanding of the role of Aboriginal legal services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations
  • 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: Junior Research & Advocacy Officer

Applications close Monday 27 June 2022, 5:00PM

 

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.

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2024

Salary Offer: $62,400- $68,316 plus Superannuation | Leave Loading | Salary Packaging Available

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

 

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

As Communications and Media Officer, you will assist the Senior Communications and Media Officer to implement VALS’s communications strategies and plan our joint work with the Aboriginal Justice Caucus. 

 

You will be reporting to the Senior Communications and Media Officer. 

 

Your task will revolve around design and copy writing work, data analysis and close work with colleagues across the Aboriginal Justice Caucus and/or VALS to support VALS positions advancing truth telling, agreed aims of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement and necessary reforms to stem the over-representation of law Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria and nationally and eradicate deaths in custody

 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Preparing graphics and other design work to support VALS work with the Aboriginal Justice Caucus including brand and key messages for a range of print and digital communications e.g., website, social media, publications, community legal education resources, promotional activities. 
  • Managing VALS and any associated Aboriginal Justice Caucus social media accounts, including designing and scheduling posts 
  • Coordinating the preparation and distribution of our community newsletter 
  • Preparing compelling copy for a range of print and digital communications platforms to promote VALS and/or the Aboriginal Justice Caucus policy priorities and positions, activities and stories that positively represent Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. 
  • Liaising with photographers and videographers 
  • Monitoring, evaluating and strengthening the effectiveness of digital communications activities, providing regular reports and analytical commentary on the website, social media and digital marketing campaigns 
  • Working closely with all sections of the Aboriginal Justice Caucus and/or VALS to identify key priority areas and formulate key messages. 
  • Supporting our media strategy, including media monitoring, preparing media releases, and preparing briefings for media appearances 
  • Ensuring that spokespeople have high quality, succinct briefings for presentations 
  • As directed, undertaking 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

  • Excellent graphic design, layout and publishing skills, including digital graphics production 
  • Excellent writing skills that are tailored to the requirements of different audiences and different communications tools, with strong attention to detail 
  • Familiarity with social media platforms, social media marketing and digital analytics 
  • Ability to effectively work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a demonstrated commitment to supporting Aboriginal self-determination. This must include good understanding and sensitivity to the diverse cultures and lived experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. 
  • Excellent organisational, time management and planning skills, including an ability to work autonomously and within a team 
  • Demonstrated computer literacy, with proficiency using Microsoft Office, MailChimp, WordPress, Zoom and other relevant software 

 

Desirable

  • Relevant qualifications such as graphic design, public relations, journalism and media studies 
  • Proficiency with using the Adobe Creative Cloud, particularly Indesign and Photoshop, experience with Premiere Pro would also be valued 
  • Professional or personal experience creating content for TikTok 
  • 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: Communications and Media Officer 

Applications close Monday 27 June 2022, 5:00PM

 

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.

Office Locations: High Street, Preston

Full-time Fixed term until JUNE 2023

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.

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:

*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.

 

Office Locations: High Street, Preston

Full-time Fixed term until  January 2023 (Maternity Leave)

 

OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE:

As Community Outreach Officer you will be providing support to community members to navigate the legal system and identify their legal needs, create and provide educational material to members of the community through information sessions, promotional material and interactive workshops.

 

What A Day as A Community Outreach Officer Looks Like:

  • Working alongside CNS clients of VALS, who require additional support. 
  • Progressively identify vulnerable groups of Aboriginal community members in order to provide necessary support. 
  • Ensuring that clients ad their support needs are followed up in a timely and sensitive manner. 
  • Providing additional support in relation to assisting clients in attending their court dates, meeting their Bail requirements, CCO conditions. 
  • Providing clients with warm referrals to support services. 
  • Provide assistance to access material assistance and support where possible. 
  • Engaging with past clients. 
  • Engaging with clients who are currently receiving support through VALS CNS programs and ACJP. 
  • Engagement of priority cohorts including youth, family violence and LGBTIQ+ work;
  • Develop, deliver and maintain community legal education content within publications and other resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that increase their:
  • Understanding of the law and their legal rights;
  • Capacity to engage with and influence the legal system;
  • Awareness of free legal assistance provided by VALS.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • 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.
  • An understanding of the legal issues faced by Victorian Aboriginal communities.
  • Demonstrated skills in research, writing and editing, especially in the development of plain-language education materials
  • 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.
  • 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

 

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.

Applications close: No Deadline – please apply as soon as possible (ASAP)

 

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.

We are currently seeking for a Client Service Officers, who will be based at our new Warrnambool Office (Lava Street).

12-months Fixed-term | Full-time 

This position may require regional travel.

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.

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:

*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.