Aboriginal Specialist Worker South West Sydney WDVCAS

South West Sydney Legal Centre Inc.

Applications Closing: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 17:00

We are seeking to fill a full time Aboriginal Specialist position in SWSWDVCAS. You will be part of a team committed to eliminating violence against women and their children.

Domestic and Family Violence workers in SWSWDVCAS provide information, threat assessment, assistance, referrals, case coordination and court advocacy to WDVCAS clients before, during and after court. They work in partnership with NSW Police, Local courts, legal representatives and referral agencies to ensure safety and support for women who are experiencing Domestic and Family violence and who are going through the ADVO process at Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool local courts.

The Aboriginal Specialist worker exercises a high-level of expertise, providing accessible and relevant services to Aboriginal women and their children.

Applicants should have a commitment to empowering women and children affected by Domestic and Family violence, and have demonstrated ability to engage effectively with clients in crisis.

This position is open to Aboriginal female applicants only. SWSLC considers being Aboriginal and a woman to be a genuine occupational qualification for this position under sections 14 and 31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW). 

The preferred applicants will be required to undergo a Working with Children Check and a Criminal Record Check.

Category: Care & Support Work
Field: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, Advocacy, Information & Campaigns, Family, Children and Youth
Employment basis: Full-time
Salary Range: $66,000-$80,000
Job Location: South West Sydney
About us

South West Sydney Legal Centre (SWSLC) is a not-for-profit organisation, delivering innovative, multi-disciplinary and diverse strategies aimed towards facilitating access to justice in our local communities.

SWSLC auspices several domestic violence programs, including the South West Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (SWSWDVCAS).

Position details
Essential Selection Criteria:
  • Understanding of Domestic and Family Violence, its complexities and consequences, particularly as they affect Aboriginal women and children and sensitivity to their needs;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice response to Domestic and Family Violence including ADVO applications and criminal prosecutions and related legal matters such as family law, care and protection, migration and victim’s compensation issues;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Legal Aid NSW policies in relation to grants of legal aid for people in Domestic and Family violence matters;
  • Knowledge, understanding and ability to engage with local Aboriginal communities
  • Ability to develop positive working relationship with Local Aboriginal communities;
  • Ability to deliver services in accordance with the SWSWDVCAS Service Agreement, WDVCAP Principles;
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly in negotiation, advocacy and conflict resolution;
  • Excellent networking skills; and
  • Knowledge of and an ability to work effectively with an interpreter service
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills.
  • You must be an Aboriginal woman to apply for this position. 
Desirable Selection Criteria:
  • Direct experience working in the legal system and courts.
  • Local knowledge of South West Sydney area and its community services network
  • Good computer literacy - ability to use word processing software including Outlook, Word and Excel.
Position Description: Download position description
Contact details
Contact Name: Nicolle Poll
Contact Email: nicolle@swslc.org.au
How to apply

1. Read the relevant position description and selection criteria further down this document;

2. Your application must include:

  • a covering letter;
  • a resume; and
  • an additional document fully addressing the Essential and Desirable criteria.

The covering letter should include:

  • The position you are applying for
  • Your current contact details.
  • Contact details for 2 professional referees (at least one current or previous line manager).

Your resume should include:

  • your employment history including dates and a brief statement of duties for previous roles
  • your education history

Your additional document should clearly explain:

  • how your skills and experience meet each listed essential and desirable criterion.
  • Applications that do not address ALL of the essential criteria will not be considered.

3. Please send written applications to Nicolle Poll: nicolle@swslc.org.au

4. Contact Person:

Enquiries related to the role should be directed to SWSWDVCAS Coordinator

Farah Assafiri 0450 051085.

Administrative enquiries should be emailed to Nicolle Poll: nicolle@swslc.org.au

Applications close by COB Friday 18 October 2019

Date posted: 19 August 2019

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