To be eligible for appointment to the Casual Mediator Pool, you must reside in one of the following regional preference areas:
- Albany & Great Southern
- Broome and Kimberley
- Bunbury & South West
- Geraldton, Gascoyne & Mid West
- Kalgoorlie, Goldfields and Esperance
- Mandurah and Peel
- Northam & Wheatbelt
- Port Hedland, Karratha and Pilbara
When you join the Department of Justice, you become part of a people-focused organisation working hard to make our community a fairer and safer place to live. We offer many different employment opportunities in locations around Western Australia. You will have a chance to make a real difference to your local communities and to the lives of those you work with.
About the role
The Aboriginal Mediation Service (AMS) plays a key role in assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to resolve conflict before it escalates to violence or results in court action.
Under the supervision of the AMS Manager, Mediators assist in providing a culturally inclusive mediation service to metropolitan, regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders within Western Australia. Mediators work with the aim of reducing the escalation of conflict, protecting the community and directing clientele towards the adoption of conflict resolution skills thus reducing contact with Police and the judicial system.
Applicants must have the following to be eligible and remain in this recruitment pool:
- A current Driver’s Licence and be willing to operate 4WD vehicles for remote travel to local communities on unsealed roads.
- A Working with Children Check or be able to successfully apply for one.
- Commitment to attend quarterly professional development (by telephone or delivered in your region by the Manager of AMS).
- Commitment to attend annual professional development in the Perth Metro area for approximately 2 days.
- Willingness to travel via airplane including light aircraft to remote communities, if required.
- A personal mobile phone available when travelling (costs to be reimbursed by AMA).
- Successful completion of a national mediation training course and eligibility for accreditation through the Mediation Standards Board.
Commitment to attend and successfully complete a 5 day accredited mediation course, provided by the AMS. Successful completion of this training will make you eligible for accreditation through the Mediation Standards Board.
You will use your knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture, values and belief and work in a cross-cultural environment in connection to dealing with prolonged conflict in a sensitive and culturally appropriate manner.
You will use your high level of communication and interpersonal skills with an emphasis on negotiation, conflict resolution and the ability to actively listen while remaining impartial and work collaboratively to foster outcomes in individual and group settings.
As part of the AMS team, you must complete the mandatory training requirement in order to apply the AMS mediation model of service aligned with national standards. The mandatory training includes a 12 module online training course and a 5 day face to face training workshop. The AMS will provide these training components at no expense to the successful applicants.
Benefits of working for AMS:
- Supportive work environment, giving back to the community
- Flexible hours
- Nationally accredited training
- Remote supervision/support by qualified AMS staff in Perth
- Provision of a hire car/government vehicle when providing a mediation. We will pay for your travel time to and from your mediation sessions
- Access to the Department’s Employee Assistance Program
All employees are required to undergo employment screening, which includes a National Criminal History Check and other checks that may be relevant to the position requirements.
How to apply
Please ensure you review the attached JDF, the AMS brochure and fact sheets for further information about the work-related requirements of the position. This information will assist you with the preparation of your application.
We require you to submit:
A current comprehensive CV including the contact details of two referees and a cover letter telling us about you, including a response to the following questions;
- Why you want to work within your community and/or another regional community and why this work interests you?
- Tell us about your ability to communicate to build rapport and trust with individuals and families.
- Typically in a general week, what days and times are you available to work (e.g. Mon 9:00 to 5:00, Wed 7:00am-3:00pm, Friday 3:00pm-11:00pm, overnight etc)
NOTE: If you are a current public sector employee, you will need to discuss your application and commitment with your manager and be able to be released prior to any casual appointment.
Please ensure you allow sufficient time to submit your application, as late applications will not be accepted.
To submit your application click the “Apply for Job” button at the bottom of this page. Emailed applications will not be accepted.
The Department of Justice uses recruitment pools to build a bank of talent for future opportunities. This pool will be open for a period of 24 months from the date of first appointment. Casual appointments may be offered, as the need to provide mediation arises in any regional location in Western Australia.
Typically, a casual appointment will consist of a minimum of 2 hours casual employment every quarter, as the work arises in your regional preference area. The role will service the various Western Australian regional and remote areas.
Equity and Diversity
The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to growing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce as a part of EEO Management Plan and its Aboriginal Workforce Development Strategy. We embrace diversity and encourage applications from a diverse field, people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, young people and people with disability including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
As a measure to achieve equality, Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 applies to this position. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.
If you would like further information on this opportunity please contact Kristy Staples, Manager AMS, 9264 1817 for a confidential discussion.