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495038/FLSD- Policy Officer- APS Level 6

Apply now Job no: 495038
Work type: Full-time and Part-time
Location: Barton, ACT
Categories: APS Level 6

Our Division/Branch

The Criminal Justice Reform Taskforce in the Families and Legal System Division has been established to support the Justice Policy Partnership reduce the disproportionate incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to work with State and Territory governments to improve criminal justice responses to sexual assault.

Our Opportunity

Work with us to build a better Australian criminal justice system, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at the centre of policy development and law reform.

The Attorney-General’s Department is looking for a Policy Officer (APS6) to support the Justice Policy Partnership, established under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. This is an exciting opportunity to work for the Commonwealth government in a new way, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are empowered to share decision-making authority with governments to accelerate criminal justice policy reform.

The Justice Policy Partnership brings together representatives from the Coalition of Peaks, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts, the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments. It is the first of five policy partnerships established under the National Agreement, and takes a joined-up approach to promoting equal justice outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australian criminal justice systems.

You will work with a small team dedicated to supporting the Justice Policy Partnership. You will work closely with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services to support the two Partnership co-chairs. The role may involve a combination of secretariat support to the Partnership and Commonwealth policy work toward the justice outcomes and targets under the National Agreement.

The role is available on a full-time or part-time basis for up to 18 months. Employment conditions are set out in the Attorney-General’s Department Enterprise Agreement.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Working in partnership with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services to provide high quality support to the Justice Policy Partnership and the co-chairs
  • Criminal justice policy research and analysis, to support the Justice Policy Partnership and the Commonwealth’s own policy work toward outcomes 10 and 11 of the National Agreement
  • Engaging with State and Territory government counterparts, Coalition of Peaks members and Individual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives on the Justice Policy Partnership
  • Writing briefing papers for the Partnership, the co-chairs and internal Commonwealth stakeholders

Who are we looking for?

We seek people who bring external ideas, diverse experience, and global perspectives, and are willing to explore innovative ways of working. People who work for us will display leadership at all levels, apply information effectively in order to solve problems, and work collaboratively to achieve outcomes.

The Attorney-General’s Department is committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed in the Department. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for this position.

We are looking for applicants with a diverse range of experience who can contribute to the development of Australian criminal justice policy in a way that takes account of and promotes the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Desirable skills and experience include:

  • Commitment to adopting a strengths-based approach to criminal justice reform
  • Experience engaging with diverse stakeholders in culturally safe ways
  • Practical experience working in a criminal justice system context
  • Working familiarity with reports and recommendations to reduce the disproportionate incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The AGD Performance Expectations provide further information about the duties and responsibilities related to this APS6 role.

The range and nature of work within the Attorney-General’s Department requires a workforce that reflects our diverse society and the department provides a number of support mechanisms for employees.

As an AGD employee, you will:

  • be part of an inclusive and diverse work environment
  • receive a generous starting salary and work conditions
  • benefit from supportive learning and development
  • be supported by a range of active networks including the Indigenous Employee Network, the Celebrating Ability Network, the Women’s Network, the Pride Network and the Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Network.

To see further information regarding our support for our employees, please see our Workplace Diversity Page.

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