WITNESS ASSISTANCE SERVICE OFFICER (ATSI Identified) - DUBBO
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Prosecution Officer (Administrative) Level 4
The Witness Assistance Service (WAS) is a specialist unit within the ODPP which works as part of the prosecution team and assists and supports victims of crime and vulnerable witnesses throughout the criminal justice process.
The role of the Witness Assistance Service Officer (ATSI Identified) is to provide specialist services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander witnesses and victims of crime and their families who are involved in serious matters prosecuted by the ODPP. The role aims to enhance access to WAS services and engage with local Indigenous communities and service providers; minimise the stress and potential re-traumatisation for victims and witnesses related to involvement in the criminal justice system; assist the prosecution process by ensuring witnesses have the opportunity to give their evidence; and assist the Office meet obligations under the NSW Charter of Victims Right.
We are seeking applications for our offices in Dubbo.
A Talent Pool will be created for future ongoing and temporary, full-time positions that may arise over the next 18 months.
Note: This is a child-related position. Applicants must provide a valid Working with Children Check number or an Application number. A current Working with Children Check (WWCC) Clearance is required as a condition of employment. Please visit the Children Guardian’s website for more information;
Phone: 02 9286 7219
Fax: 02 9286 7201
Consent for employment screening (i.e. National Criminal Records Check) must also be given. Applications must also include contact details of two relevant Referees (who can speak from a Supervisory perspective).
The following criteria form a specific part of the selection process. Candidates for this role must address each of these criteria specifically in their application.
Identify as, and be accepted in your local community as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.
Degree qualifications in Social Work, Psychology, Social Sciences or related areas; or
If relevant qualifications are not held, the successful candidate will be required to enrol in and satisfactorily complete the ECAV Aboriginal Pathway Program Certificate IV in Aboriginal Family Wellbeing and Violence Prevention Work and the Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal Specialist Trauma Counselling within the first two full calendar years of employment with WAS. If this is required of the candidate, the qualification will be funded by the ODPP.
Experience in counselling or case management in trauma related areas such as child sexual assault, adult sexual assault, domestic violence and/or grief and loss.
Current Working with Children's Check.
Current Driver’s License and willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout NSW.
Key Application Responses
Applying for the position All applications must be made via the www.iworkfor.nsw.gov.au website and applicants must follow instructions on preparing and submitting an application. Applications sent directly to HR will not be accepted. For an applicant information guide please click here
Must meet the eligibility criteria to be able to submit an application.
Must read the Role Description and consider the key accountabilities and focus capabilities when preparing their resume and cover letter.
Must submit an updated copy of your resume [maximum 3 pages] noting your relevant skills and experience and how you meet the capabilities of the role.
Must submit a cover letter [maximum 2 pages] that highlights their claim for the role and demonstrates their suitability by addressing these two targeted questions:
Describe your experience inproviding case management and/or counselling services to people who havebeen affected by trauma in one or more of the areas of child sexualassault, adult sexual assault, domestic violence or sudden or violent death.
Provide two examples of your work within a multidisciplinary team where you were required to influence and negotiate and the strategies you used.
Interviews: Interviews will be held either remotely or in our Dubbo office. The interview process will include capability based assessments which may require attendance on more than one day if applicants are shortlisted after each stage. Closing date: 18 October 2020 (Midnight) Inquiries in relation to this recruitment should be directed to: Leeanne Kelly (02) 9285 2570 The Office welcomes applications from Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with a disability and provides an environment that values diversity and supports all staff to reach their full potential. If you have individual requirements that need to be accommodated in order to participate in the selection process and join the ODPP team, please indicate this in your application. PLEASE NOTE: This recruitment will be undertaken as per the requirements of the Government Sector Employment Act.