Multicultural Specialist Worker – South West Sydney WDVCAS

South West Sydney Legal Centre Inc.

Applications Closing: Friday, September 20, 2019 - 16:30

We are seeking to fill a full time Multicutural 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 violence and who are going through the ADVO process at Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool local courts.

The Multicultural Specialist worker exercises high-level of expertise providing accessible and relevant services to women and their children from multicultural backgrounds.

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.

The Domestic and Family Violence Multicultural Specialist worker position is open to female applicants with a multicultural background. Applicants with language skills other than English especially Arabic and Vietnamese are encouraged to apply.

This position is open to female applicants only. SWSLC considers being a woman to be a genuine occupational qualification for this position under s.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: Advocacy, Information & Campaigns, Family, Children and Youth, Multiculturalism & Diversity
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;
  • Understanding the impact of Domestic and Family Violence as it affects multicultural women and children and sensitivity to their needs, in particular those of women who are isolated, newly arrived and/or refugee women and women with limited language skills;
  • 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;
  • Ability to deliver services in accordance with the SWSWDVCAS Service Agreement, WDVCAP Principles, Policies and Standards and operational documents;
  • Ability to work within local multicultural communities and the broader community to promote awareness of domestic and family violence and SWSWDVCAS services;
  • Ability to implement service delivery strategies aimed at ensuring the relevance, accessibility and responsiveness of SWSWDVCAS services to a diverse range of women and children;
  • Excellent communication skills,particularly in negotiation,advocacy and conflict resolution;
  • Knowledge of and an ability to work effectively with interpreter services;
  • Excellent networking skills; and
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills;
  • At least one other community language and a good understanding of issues affecting women and children from multicultural backgrounds.
Desirable Selection Criteria:
  • Direct experience working in the legal system and Courts;
  • Local knowledge of South West Sydney and it’s community service’s network;
  • Ability to speak a language other than English, especially Arabic or Vietnamese
  • Good computer literacy - ability to use wordprocessing software including Outlook, Word and Excel.
Position Description: Download position description
Contact details
Contact Name: Nicolle Poll
Contact Email:
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 state:

  • 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 criteria.
  • Applications that do not address ALL of the essential criteria will not be considered.

3.  Please send written applications to Nicolle Poll:

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:

Date posted: 19 August 2019

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