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Disability Liaison Officer, Criminal Law Practice

Canberra, ACT  |  Full-time |  Fixed-term

Primary purpose of the role

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity for a new Disability Liaison Officer in Canberra. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

The purpose of this role is to advocate for and support clients with an intellectual and/or physical disability who are involved in the Justice System.

This role will include assisting and advocating for clients, including attending court, engaging with internal and external stakeholders to help with client needs, and raise internal awareness of disability.

As a new role, it would be great for someone looking to build their program development and progress reporting capabilities.


Why Join the ALS NSW/ACT team?

At Aboriginal Legal Services NSW/ACT you will make an impactful change. You have the chance to change lives and bring social justice and equity for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

Our focus is our people; the people we support, and the team we employ. We offer a career you can be proud of and a place where you feel safe to be yourself. We invest in our workforce and appreciate the rich diversity they represent of life experience, languages, and culture. Born out of a protest movement over 50 years ago, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited is the primary legal service for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. It’s an exciting time for the ALS, with both our services and teams growing significantly. We recently received additional government funding to deliver a range of new programs aimed at addressing systemic issues and driving structural reforms. This is creating unprecedented opportunities for the ALS and our communities. For many of our staff making a real difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities and working with a great, supportive team is its own reward. We appreciate that, but we want our team to know that we value them so offer benefits such as:


  •  Salary packaging options and novated car leasing
  •  Annual Leave Loading of 17.5%
  •  Career and professional development opportunities
  •  Access to personal counselling for you and your family
  •  A range of additional paid leave, paid parental and study leave
  •  Flexible work options – talk to us about how we can make this role work for you


The Role

The Disability Liaison Officer will be responsible to: 

  • Assist clients who have a disability with the aim of improving access to justice, including providing high quality information about the criminal justice system
  • Assist clients in considering their rights, options, and the potential outcomes of their choices, and support clients to self-advocate or, as directed, represent their views or preferences to others
  • Attend court and meetings to support clients as appropriate
  • Support clients in understanding and focusing on their safety and wellbeing
  • Provide reasonable adjustments to improve client access to programs, services, and supports available; and support client in accessing services to best meet their needs including the NDIS, Centrelink, disability support services, and appropriate housing
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders to help the client’s needs be at the centre of service delivery
  • Engage with and contribute to the Community of Practice of Disability Liaison Officers through attendance at Community of Practice activities, collaboration with Community of Practice members to support clients and progress the goals of the Disability Justice Strategy as required
  • Deliver or facilitate the delivery of internal education and/or training to raise awareness of disability
  • Update, create, and amend public-facing agency materials in accessible formats
  • Update, create, and amend internal policies, procedures and frameworks to include awareness of, and reference to, providing services to people with disability
  • Scope the development of a disability framework within ALS NSW / ACT
  • Develop and maintain relationships with ACT Government disability and justice stakeholders
  • Maintain records and files in an orderly and professional manner, including the recording of all data into ALS databases for statistical and reporting purposes
  • Report on project progress and outcomes, outputs delivered, and effectiveness in identifying, supporting, and/or protecting clients with a disability
  • Perform other reasonable duties as directed
  • Adhere to ALS’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Work Health and Safety (WHS) policies, work practices and rules
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and behaviours that aligns to ALS Values and ALS Code of Conduct


About you

The successful incumbent will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices when considering service delivery and other support for clients, their families, communities, and employees
  • Demonstrated experience working proactively with clients with varied disabilities
  • Demonstrated experience in child protection, community development, community sector advocacy, social work, family support service provision or related field
  • Demonstrated experience working with children and families in a culturally safe and trauma informed way
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain boundaries
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer literacy with the ability to learn new systems and technology
  • Ability to adapt to change and work in a start-up environment


How to apply


Applications for this Position are reviewed as they're submitted, please apply ASAP. 


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