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Aboriginal Justice Caucus Policy Officer


The Aboriginal Justice Caucus is to be a conduit between the Aboriginal community and the justice system. The Aboriginal Justice Caucus provides leadership, advocacy and drives continuous change to address the drivers of offending as well as system and programmatic reform within the criminal justice system.

The Aboriginal Justice Caucus has an auspice arrangement with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limited (VACSAL). VACSAL has been a member of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement, and by extension the Aboriginal Justice Caucus, since its inception.

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limited (VACSAL) is the recognised state-wide Peak Advisory body on Aboriginal community issues. VACSAL is a community based, community controlled organisation, comprising representatives from Koorie organisations across the State. As well as having an advisory role, VACSAL delivers and manages a range of critical community services across Victoria.

Position Summary

The role of the Policy Officer is to contribute high quality research, tender writing, analysis, written and oral advice and stakeholder engagement to support Caucus’ advocacy work and policy development as well as the development of internal policy and associated systems.

The role of the position will work towards the Aboriginal Justice Caucus strategic goals and direction under the leadership of the Executive Officer and Aboriginal Justice Caucus members.

Key Result Areas


  • Policy research, analysis and development
    • Develop research and policy strategies and plans
    • Undertake basic primary and secondary research and analysis as required
    • Contribute to drafting and testing evidence-based policy positions
    • Present research and analysis to internal and external stakeholders as required
  • Submission and advocacy tools preparation
    • Support the development of policy submissions, policy alerts, issues papers, discussion papers and fact sheets, including background research and drafting of funding submissions / tender documents that are consistent with Aboriginal Justice Caucus strategic directions and priorities.
  • Stakeholder engagement
    • Support Aboriginal Justice Caucus members and Executive Officer in representing the Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on government and stakeholder committees as required
    • To develop communication strategies in conjunction with AJC members and EO to ensure positive, meaningful and continuous engagement from AJC members and stakeholders.
  • Aboriginal Justice Caucus briefing, engagement and communications
    • Draft meeting papers and undertake follow up actions as required
    • Draft basic information articles for various communications channels as required
    • Prepare briefing notes on key issues as required
    • Support and engage with ‘communities of interest’ within the Aboriginal Justice network
  • Office administrative/general task
    • Undertake duties as required to contribute to a high functioning office and team
    • Submit monthly reports, provide weekly movement sheets and quarterly work plans
    • Attend staff meetings and participate in professional development programs as directed

A full Position Description is attached below.

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It is a mandatory requirement that all successful applicants will be required to provide a current Working with Children check, proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and a current National Police check.

Further information or questions concerning this position can be directed to Georgia Bamblett on 03 9416 4266 or via email: georgia.bamblett@vacsal.org.au, using the subject line: Aboriginal Justice Caucus Policy Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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