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Forensic Caseworker (Fro3)

Victoria Police - Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
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The Victoria Police Forensic Services Department is an accredited laboratory that provides a professional forensic service to Victoria Police, persons involved with the administration of justice and the public.

Victoria Police

Forensic Services Department

Chemical Trace Unit

FO-3 Forensic Caseworker

Ongoing role available

About the role:

The Victoria Police Forensic Services Department is an accredited laboratory that provides a professional forensic service to Victoria Police, persons involved with the administration of justice and the public. 

The Chemical Trace Unit (CTU) provides the following services:

  • Laboratory examinations of a range of trace evidence types (e.g. gunshot residue (GSR), paints, plastics, glass, chemical irritants, and miscellaneous substances) in support of criminal investigations and court processes.
  • Provision of expert evidence in the form of written reports and expert testimony in courts of law.
  • A 24/7 crime scene service in relation to the recovery of GSR evidence from crime scenes, living and deceased persons.
  • Provision of expert advice to police and other stakeholders in relation to chemical trace evidence.

The Forensic Caseworker will undertake routine and complex casework in relation to a range of trace evidence types. The incumbent may be required to attend crime scenes for the purpose of recovering trace evidence (e.g. gunshot residue), during and outside of office hours.

Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and support flexible working arrangements.

As the successful applicant, some of your duties will include:

  • Conduct routine and non-routine casework in relation to chemical trace evidence types.
  • Attend crime scenes and collect trace evidence as required.
  • Prepare expert reports for the courts, police investigators and other stakeholders.
  • Present expert evidence in court.
  • Provide specialist advice in relation to trace evidence types to various stakeholders.
  • Perform work both individually and as a member of a team.
  • Support the training and supervision of other scientific and paraprofessional staff as required.
  • Maintain knowledge of relevant legislation.
  • Support the provision of training, demonstrations and other presentations both internally and externally.
  • Contribute to the laboratory quality assurance and accreditation program.
  • Identify opportunities for business improvements and contribute to the maintenance of quality documentation and processes.
  • Support research and development projects as required.

Skills & Experience:

  • Scientific/technical achievement, ability to interpret examinations and to successfully present technical and discipline related knowledge and advice to scientific/technical and non-scientific personnel at all levels, particularly in a Court context.
  • Proven commitment to quality in casework and/or research or the ability to provide it.
  • Well-developed specialist subject knowledge with an emphasis on forensic science.
  • Proven ability to work autonomously and/or within a team environment.
  • Ability to conduct scene examinations where little or no supervisory advice is available.
  • Demonstrated Conceptual, analytical and problem-solving skills.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • Position will be located at 31 Forensic Drive Macleod 3085.
  • A degree or post graduate degree in science is desirable, preferably with a major in Chemistry.
  • The successful candidate may be rostered to perform on-call work outside of normal office hours, including both mid-week and weekends.
  • The successful candidate may be exposed to confronting crime scenes, evidence, living and deceased persons, relating to serious offences such as armed robberies and homicides.
  • The incumbent must possess a Victorian Drivers Licence and the ability to obtain a Victoria Police Approved Drivers Authority.
  • The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include fingerprint checks and misconduct screening.
  • The successful candidate will be required to provide a DNA sample (buccal swab) for use in laboratory quality control procedures (elimination purposes only)
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.

Your application must include:

  • Resume, and
  • Responses to the Key Selection Criteria – found in the position description attached to the job advertisement.

Applicants please note: When addressing the Key Selection Criteria in your application, please relate your responses to the Chemical Trace Unit and the accountabilities detailed in the role statement.

To apply, please click on the ‘Apply Now' button and follow the instructions.

Please Note: All applications will need to be submitted through the following platform: Job Skills Exchange (JSE) or Careers.vic.gov.au website.

Applications will not be accepted via other platforms or email.

If you require additional information or would like to discuss the role further, please contact Chantel Marise 9450-9813 or via email chantel.marise@police.vic.gov.au

Closing date for applications is midnight, Tuesday 18th May 2021.

If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirements/reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact VPS Recruitment via email hr.fsd@police.vic.gov.au or on (03) 9450-9760.

About Us:

Victoria Police is a large organisation employing police, public servants and protective services officers. Victoria Police provides support to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. 

At Victoria Police our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to attract and retain a diverse workforce which includes people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. 

Find out what it is like working as a Victorian Public Servant for Victoria Police: https://www.police.vic.gov.au/vps

Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency


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