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Aboriginal Programs Officer

The GEO Group Australia Pty. Ltd. - Ravenhall, VIC

Security & Protective Services
Source: Melton Jobs Hub

Source: Melton Jobs Hub


Aboriginal Programs Officer

Job No: GEO1829


Location: Ravenhall, Victoria


 Do you have skills in facilitating Aboriginal programs and working with Aboriginal community organisations?

Would you like to use your skills to assist with an innovative model of rehabilitation and reintegration that improves outcomes for Aboriginal people?

Do you want to work within a team of Aboriginal Programs staff at Ravenhall Correctional Centre?


About The GEO Group Australia

The GEO Group is the country's leading provider of outsourced correctional services, operating in NSW and VIC. We aim to deliver better corrections and create safer communities. We focus on providing a continuum of care and integration of services to make a real difference in the lives of people we work with. As a Registered Training Provider (number 3570), GEO offers a wide variety of training programs which are nationally accredited.

Our company is defined by us always acting with Integrity, showing everyone Respect without fail, being Accountable at all times, always being Agile and continuously looking for opportunities to be Innovative.

For more information about our organisation, visit our website at www.geogroup.com.au

To view our videos, including the type of individuals we seek to join our business, click here.

About Ravenhall Correctional Centre

Ravenhall is a 1300 bed medium security prison for adult sentenced and remand males. Its contemporary campus-style design reflects four accommodation communities with varying profiles: 1) sentenced, 2) sentenced and remand focused on youth and indigenous, 3) Remandee’s and 4) protection. Community accommodation is complimented by a further 75-bed Forensic Mental Health Unit, 25-bed Unit for prisoners with significant challenging behaviours, and a 25-bed Mission Unit designed to respond intensively and therapeutically to current community issues. In recognition of the importance of Continuum of Care, Ravenhall extends its presence into the community by providing ex-prisoners with access to post-release support at GEO’s Community Reintegration Centre.

Through investment in opportunities for prisoners to engage in work, education and programs, prisoners are not only held safely and securely but given every chance to turn their lives around. Issues behind much of the crime in our communities – such as violent attitudes, anti-social behaviours and the abuse of drugs and alcohol – are addressed through innovative programs and interventions. At the same time helping prisoners with day-to-day challenges such as gaining and holding down employment and finding a suitable place to live also help prevent a return to crime.

Ravenhall’s unprecedented emphasis on offender rehabilitation and reintegration is evidenced by a significantly sized team of clinicians, working in concert with a number of Victoria’s most respected organisations including Forensicare, Correct Care, YMCA, Kangan Institute. Together, Ravenhall provides an integrated service system that collaboratively brings about lasting positive change in the lives of prisoners pre- and post-release. Through these partnerships the objective of Safer Victorian Communities is achieved.  

About the Opportunity

Ravenhall Correctional Centre will employ two Aboriginal Programs Officers who will assist in the delivery of Aboriginal Programs and work collaboratively with Aboriginal community organisations to ensure appropriate cultural programs and services at the Centre.  This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with strong planning and facilitation skills to be a part of an innovative suite of cultural programs that enhance connection to community and culture and improve the social, emotional and spiritual well-being of Aboriginal men.   

The Aboriginal Programs Officer will:

  • Regularly facilitate an Aboriginal Programs Orientation session..
  • Conduct Program Suitability Assessments and make associated referrals for Aboriginal programs and services at Ravenhall.
  • Facilitate GEO’s Aboriginal Programs with a focus upon enhancing connections to family and culture.
  • Work collaboratively with Aboriginal community organisations to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners receive timely access to appropriate cultural programs and services at the Centre.
  • Work collaboratively with GEO, Alliance Partners and health services staff to facilitate integrated service delivery and Ravenhall’s continuum of care.
  • Provide consultation, advice and training on issues related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
  • Provide individual support to Aboriginal prisoners as required including assistance related to reintegration, family re-connection and community support.

Your Skills & Experience

To be successful in the role of Aboriginal Programs Officer you will:  

  • Be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • A demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and demonstrated commitment to improving outcomes for Aboriginal people.
  • A deep and authentic understanding of Aboriginal culture, peoples, Country and traditions and the impact that the criminal justice system has on Aboriginal men, families and communities.
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with members of the Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  • A demonstrated ability to be mature, flexible and empathetic to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners.
  • Well-developed interpersonal, communication, assertiveness and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other program areas and disciplines.

For further information about this role including the Position Description and how to apply, please click the Apply Now button.

About the Benefits

Joining GEO is your chance to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of prisoners, their families and the community. Benefits of working for GEO, include but are not limited to:

  • Role diversity and internal career progression opportunities
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities (including further education sponsorship)
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Competitive salary and rewards scheme
  • Free parking
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Staff gym
  • Subsidised meals

Joining GEO is your chance to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of prisoners, their families and the community – Apply Now!

Please note: This is an identified position. Being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification as specified under section 14D of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW). 

Attractive salary package of $77,500.00 - $79,000.00 plus super!

Applications close at 11 pm, Sunday, 16 May 2021. For enquiries please contact Nimit Pandya, HR Officer on 03 8363 2662. 

Please note: Shortlisted candidates will be contacted approximately 2-3 weeks following the closing date. Unsuccessful candidates will be contacted in due course.


Make a real difference – Apply Now!

Ravenhall, VIC

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