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Visiting Aboriginal Liaison Officer

Government of South Australia - Adelaide, SA

Government, Defence & Emergency
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Full Job Description
Department for Correctional Services
Job reference: 430766
Location: 5000 - ADELAIDE
Job status: Long Term Contract
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

About the Department for Correctional Services

The Department employs approximately 1,900 staff and has responsibility for nine prisons and sixteen Community Correctional offices across the state. Our vision is for a safer community by protecting the public and reducing re-offending. We work towards this through the contribution of staff who are employed in a wide variety of fields, from correctional officers and teachers, to social workers, psychologists and supervisors of court orders. Their commitment ensures we deliver quality services to prisoners, offenders and victims of crime. We strongly promote diversity and equity in our workforce, which directly contributes to greater effectiveness and better outcomes. In a supportive and collaborative environment, you will encounter interesting professional challenges and you will work alongside dedicated and passionate people who help to turn around the lives of offenders and rebuild lives affected by crime.


The Visiting Aboriginal Liaison Officer contributes to the implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and is responsible for providing assistance, support and follow-up to Aboriginal prisoners and offenders within designated prisons and community corrections, and liaising with staff, community groups and other agencies in promoting the welfare of Aboriginal prisoners and offenders.

Special Conditions

Section 47 of the Public Sector Act 2009 applies in conjunction with other provisions of the act and other applicable industrial entitlements.
The incumbent is required to satisfactorily complete a National Criminal History Check.
A current South Australian Driver’s Licence is essential.
A flexible approach to working hours is required.
Some interstate and intrastate travel will be required which may necessitate overnight absences.


Essential Criteria

Knowledge of, and experience with traditional Aboriginal culture and a sound knowledge of current issues relating to Aboriginal people;
Experience working with Aboriginal communities including working with individuals, groups and community members from a wide range of social and work settings;
Proven ability to communicate effectively and maintain personal credibility within the South Australian Aboriginal Community;
Proven ability to communicate effectively in both writing and verbally, with staff in an institutional and community correctional setting in order to advocate positively for Aboriginal prisoners and offenders;
Proven ability to work effectively with limited supervision, and as a member of a team, including liaising effectively with people from a wide range of professional, social and cultural backgrounds to achieve Departmental goals; and
Experience with providing counselling services and engaging Aboriginal prisoners and offenders in rehabilitation, health promotion and recreational activities.

Desirable Criteria

A knowledge and understanding of the correctional system in South Australia;
Ability to communicate in Pitjantjatjara or other Aboriginal languages;
Ability to understand and communicate using Aboriginal broken English;
Ability to identify and respond effectively to Aboriginal Offenders at risk of self-harm; and
General knowledge of personnel management principles under the Public Sector Act, Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act, and the Equal Opportunity Act.


ASO3 ($63,681 - $67,868pa)


Ms Joanne Leonello

Manager Aboriginal Projects and Staff Support

8226 4209


Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted online via I Work for SA.

Your written application should include additional information that specifically addresses the selection criteria outlined in the Job & Person Specification.

Refer to the Advice to Applicants for information on how to apply.

Applicants are required to complete the Employment Declaration if not currently employed by the Department for Correctional Services.

Additional Information

This is a temporary vacancy for up to 12 months.
The Department for Correctional Services (DCS) considers that being Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under sub-s 56(2) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA). Therefore, this position is only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Applications close: 07/04/2021 11:00 PM

Adelaide, SA

Government, Defence & Emergency


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