Community Justice Worker

  • Base/Location:Njernda Aboriginal Corporation, 102 Hare Street, Echuca
  • Reports To:Youth, Justice and Residential Services Manager
  • Hours:Full time position (37.5 hours per week)
  • Award:SHADS Award
  • Position Scope:

    The Community Justice Program supports Aboriginal community members with court matters and with community based orders. The Community Justice Worker meets regularly with Victoria Police to ensure the development and implementation of initiatives that improves Justice Outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Organisational Values

At all times the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation will act in such a way that others are treated with respect, empathy, compassion, fairness, justness and cultural sensitivity.

  • Professional Integrity
    We treat all our people with dignity and respect
  • Quality
    We always strive to do our best and improve the way we do things.
  • Responsibility
    We commit to the actions we take to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
  • Client Focus
    We work toward improving the health and wellbeing of our clients and community.

Role Purpose

  • Provide on the job management of Aboriginal offenders undertaking mandated community work orders referred to the service.
  • Assist, where appropriate and in conjunction with service providers, offenders to successfully complete mandated community work.
  • Facilitate outcomes for Aboriginal community members with outstanding fines to meet their obligations relevant to their fines.
  • Liaise with the Sheriff’s Office to ensure appropriate options are available for local aboriginal people to finalise outstanding fines
  • Support Aboriginal community members in their negotiations with the Sheriff’s Office and ensure they understand their options for the best possible outcomes.
  • Inform justice agencies and other service providers about social and historical factors that may be contributing to negative contacts between service providers and the client.
  • All reports, project plans and other relevant data to be submitted one week before the due date.
  • Meet regularly with Victoria Police and other Justice agencies to assist in the development and implementation of initiatives that improve justice outcomes for Aboriginal people.
  • Maintain accurate files and data as required by the Department of Justice and Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

Key Responsibilities

  • Respond to the needs of community members, providing support to individuals and families as required including:
  • information and Referral to other services;
  • financial assistance;
  • advocacy;
  • Support other team members in their work.
  • Attend and participate in general staff meetings.
  • Represent the organization and/or community in forums outside the agency (e.g. at court, on panels, on committees etc.).
  • Participate in ongoing training and development.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of client information at all times.
  • Maintain appropriate data and program and client records.
  • In consultation with the programs and services manager, monitor and evaluate program delivery.
  • Partake in regular supervision and professional development as required and directed.
  • Act, at all times, in a professional manner in accordance with the policies and practices of the Corporation.
  • Other duties as directed.

Key Selection Criteria

Applicants must possess:

  • A proven knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal people and Aboriginal culture.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of issues relating to and needs of aboriginal families in the area.
  • A good understanding of issues effecting aboriginal community members in the Echuca district and knowledge of services available within the region.
  • Understanding and commitment to Aboriginal community controlled medical/family services.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal people and handle issues in a sensitive manner.
  • Sound negotiation skills.
  • An ability to advocate on behalf of individuals and families.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to maintain records and manage time effectively and efficiently.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively as part of a multi-skilled team
  • Basic computer skills.

 Other relevant information

  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo satisfactory pre-employment checks, including providing at least two professional referees, completion of a medical declaration, Police Records Check, Working With Children Check, Victorian Driver’s License, and proof of identify and qualifications
  • Commitment to equal opportunity and occupational health and safety

principles and practices is required

  • You will need to disclose any pre-existing illness or injury you know about which could be affected by the described work duties. Under section 82 (7) of the Accident Compensation Act, failure to disclose such a pre-existing illness or injury will mean that, if employed, you will not be paid compensation for that condition.

Written applications should include a covering letter.  Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees.

All applications must address the key selection criteria and include a recent resume

Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential”

To:                  Corporate Services Manager

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

P.O. Box 21 Echuca Vic 3564


All applications close:  19th May 2021

All applications close: 19th May 2021

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