Federal Court Jobs – Liaison Officer

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Job Description:

The Indigenous Liaison Officer will provide in-Court support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people faced with family breakdown and/or who are accessing various services provided by the Court. The role will specifically support judges who either run Indigenous Lists, or hear a high proportion of matters involving Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander litigants.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Attending Court Children’s Service events and providing assistance to ensure that litigants and other significant persons are able to fully participate in these events
  • Explaining the importance of attending and participating in Court hearings to litigants
  • Attending Court hearings and explaining court processes and requirements to litigants
  • Assisting litigants to file documents
  • Attending dispute resolution events or any other events in the Courts’ case management pathway to ensure that litigants and other significant persons are able to fully participate in these events
  • Addressing the Judge during Court events to explain the practical difficulties which a litigant may be facing in a matter
  • Connecting litigants to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander litigants to legal and other community based services
  • Reporting to the Courts’ Committees for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander litigants, and
  • Liaising with Independent Children’s Lawyers (where appointed in a matter).

Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to be able to learn about the Court and to be able to pass on this information to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people effectively.
  • Ability to work with Judges and Court staff including Judicial Registrars, lawyers, Court Child Experts, and administrative staff in assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to fully access all the services provided by the Court.
  • Demonstrated experience in the engagement with, and strong links to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, such as experience with: not for profit organisations or Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisations (ACCOs) or service delivery of Commonwealth and/or State Government initiatives relevant to improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, with the ability to provide information about the Courts, which will allow the Courts and the community to work together. Demonstrated ability to make recommendations about the changes needed to procedures and policies to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people can access the Court and use their services effectively.
  • Have appropriate oral and written communication skills and a willingness to participate collaboratively and positively in further education.
  • Have an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander court-user needs especially in the area of family conflict.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a positive, effective and culturally appropriate manner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and a positive and effective way with all key stakeholders internally within the Court (such as judges and staff) and externally (such as key organisations).
  • Have an understanding of language and cultural needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and an ability to access and use interpreter services.

Job Details:

Company: Federal Court

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Sydney, New South Wales, AU

Application Deadline: N/A

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