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April

Legal Officer

Child Safety, Youth and Women - Brisbane City, QLD

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This role will be responsible for supporting the OCFOS team and through the department's work in child protection matters to determine how they could be enhanced to comply with the child placement principles and improve the way Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families are supported and empowered to participate in a culturally safe way in Children's Court proceedings for child protection matters.

This position links directly to the Queensland Government initiative Our Way: A generation strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and families, 2017-2037.

For further information and how you will be assessed for this role, please refer to the attached Role Profile for full details.
Job Type: Temporary
Position Type: Flexible-full-time
Location: Brisbane Inner City
Yearly Salary: $109757 - $117532
Contact Name: Klea Hellas

Contact Number:
Closing Date: 20-APR-21

This is an Identified position - Applicants must identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Key responsibilities

  • Review business processes undertaken within child safety services centres to ensure that an appropriate culture lens is applied to the work in this area.
  • Review available resources that support the department's litigation work to ensure an appropriate cultural lens is applied. For example - Undertake a review of the current affidavit template used in child protection proceedings to ensure that these documents are prepared in such a way that demonstrates the application of a cultural lens to this work.
  • Review current available resources to support the department's litigation work in light of the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017.
  • Review all court processes undertaken with child safety services centres to ensure that there is an understanding and appropriate application of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle to these processes. This would include reviewing court processes, against the five core elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle including: prevention, partnership, placement, participation and connection, and making appropriate recommendations for enhancement.
  • Undertake a preliminary review of the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 and identify the key changes that will impact upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families involved in child protection court processes, with a view to enhancing the experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families involved in court proceeding for child protection matters.
  • Make recommendations that support the continuous improvement of court-related processes to enhance the way Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families are supported and empowered to participate in a culturally safe way in child protection court proceedings.
Is this role for you? Please refer to the attached Role Profile for a full list of capability requirements:

Mandatory Qualifications:
1. You are required to be admitted or eligible to gain immediate admission, as a Barrister-at-Law or solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

2. You are required to possess a 'C' class driver's licence to undertake travel.

3. It is a genuine occupational requirement that this position be filled by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. One of the referees should be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who can attest to the applicant's background, knowledge, skills and experience as they relate to the cultural capabilities.

(Technical/Role Specific) You have knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditions, history and culture, underpinned by evidence and research, in a statutory human services context and can work within a practice and legal framework. You demonstrate an understanding of change management practice with particular application to strengthening the provision of culturally responsive services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children, young people, their families, carers and communities. You possess expertise in relation to the child protection court reforms within Queensland and have expertise in relation to the department's services in a court environment.

Applications to remain current for 12 months

This position will report to the Director, OCFOS.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License.

Brisbane City, QLD

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work




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