Department of Justice and Community Safety

Aboriginal Cultural Advisor

Job Description

  • Utilise your cultural awareness to facilitate programs for Aboriginal residents to assist them in reintegrating back into the community.
  • Ongoing opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service.
  • VPS Grade 4: $88,955 – $100,930 plus superannuation.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department) is seeking an Aboriginal Cultural Advisor to provide a critical role in the Post Sentence Branch.

This is an Aboriginal Designated Position, classified under ‘special measures’ of section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.

About the business unit
The Serious Offenders Act 2018 (SOA) sets out a civil, non-punitive post sentence scheme that provides for the ongoing supervision or detention of serious sex and/or serious violent offenders who have completed their sentence and pose an unacceptable risk of committing further relevant offences.
The Post Sentence Branch, within the Community Operations and Offender Services Division of Corrections Victoria, provides central oversight and governance of the post sentence scheme and end to end management of offenders subject to post sentence orders, including the management of accommodation for high-risk and complex sex and/or violent offenders.

About the role
Reporting to the General Manager, the primary function of the Aboriginal Cultural Advisor will be to coordinate programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Aboriginal) residents, activities and support services across Corella Place and Rivergum.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Coordinate the development and facilitation of cultural programs/activites andProvide trauma-informed support to Aboriginal residents
  • Build relationships with members of the Support Services team and work together to provide guidance and support to residents
  • Ensure throughout the design and development of programs, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCO’s), stakeholders and people with lived experience are engaged appropriately to support implementable solutions as well as the engagement process being culturally appropriate.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the programs on rehabilitation of offenders and adjust programs as required.

To learn more about this role before applying, please read the attached position description.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Aboriginal Community, both society and culture, and relevant issues impacting the community
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the reducing re-offending literature, particularly in relation to the Aboriginal community.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and facilitating Aboriginal cultural programs
  • Demonstrated experience in applying trauma-informed approaches to providing support services or capacity to rapidly acquire and apply knowledge.

How to apply
Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.
The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.
If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.
For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department’s obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).
Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.
Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  • Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  • A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

Job Summary

Ararat Location
Full Time Job Type


Department of Justice and Community Safety