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Expressions of interest

Department of Justice Disability Community Reference Group

Department of Justice Disability Community Reference Group

The Department of Justice values the expertise and knowledge contained within our community. Community engagement and a collaborative approach is important to the design and delivery of services. This helps us to develop a better understanding of our community's needs and goals.

The Department of Justice is committed to seeking a diverse range of views and opinions to inform our workplace improvements and projects. The Department has a Disability Reference Group made up of staff members and members of the community. This group ensures we are delivering our services in the best interests of the Tasmanian community.

This group contributes strategically and practically to the roll out of our People, Culture and Inclusion Disability Action Plan. Group members bring important perspectives and voices into the work we do to improve access and equity. This includes in our workplaces, in our policies, and in our service provision.

We are now seeking further members of the community for our Disability Reference Group. There are four community positions available to join the current group.

Your commitment will be:

  • to join the 1.5 hour reference group meetings throughout the year on a quarterly basis; and
  • to provide valuable advice and feedback to improve accessibility and disability awareness within the Department and in our service delivery.

We are seeking people with lived experience of disability, thought leaders, representatives from the community sector and others with self-taught or formal expertise on the issues that people with disability face in Tasmania.

While the agenda of each meeting will depend on the collaborative direction the group takes, key areas of focus will include:

  • ensuring fair recruitment and working conditions throughout an employee’s lifetime;
  • raising awareness and changing workplace culture;
  • development of targeted messages on disability; and
  • providing an avenue of feedback into future legislative reform.

If you would like to be involved, please send an expression of interest via a brief email to Shannon Copelin (shannon.copelin@justice.tas.gov.au). In your email please provide:

  • introductory information about yourself;
  • four or five dot points outlining:
    • why you would like to be involved in the Disability Reference Group; and
    • what you can bring to the committee to work towards increasing our diversity and inclusion capabilities at the Department for people with disability.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by 5pm on 31 January 2023 to be considered. Selection will be based on subject matter expertise through lived experience, working or volunteering history, and/or involvement in community action.

For further information about the Disability Reference Group, please contact Shannon Copelin (shannon.copelin@justice.tas.gov.au).

Witness Intermediaries Panel

Witness Intermediaries Panel

North West Tasmania

The Department of Justice is seeking expressions of interest for people with expertise in communication for appointment to undertake the role of a witness intermediary from:

  • Speech pathologists,
  • Psychologists,
  • Occupational therapists,
  • Social workers, or
  • Other people with qualifications or appropriate skills in working with children or people with communication needs.

Witness intermediaries work alongside police, lawyers and judges to ensure that children and vulnerable witnesses are supported to communicate their best evidence.

The Witness Intermediary Scheme Pilot (the Scheme) operates in all regions of Tasmania and interest is sought from the North West of Tasmania. The Scheme provides an exciting opportunity for appropriately qualified professionals to utilise their skills in the criminal justice system.

For more information please contact:

Marita O’Connell
Assistant Director, Child Abuse Royal Commission Response Unit
Department of Justice
Ph. 03 6165 4802

Applications including a CV and a statement addressing the selection criteria should be marked ‘Personal and Confidential’, and sent to:

Marita O’Connell
Department of Justice
GPO Box 825

or by email to: intermediary@justice.tas.gov.au

Applications will be acknowledged when received.

An information package (DOCX, 1.3 MB) for people interested in applying is available on the Department of Justice website.

Member and deputy member of the Parole Board

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Member and deputy member of the Parole Board

The Government of Tasmania is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons for appointment as a member and deputy member of the Parole Board pursuant to the Corrections Act 1997.  It is intended to appoint both persons for a term of up to 3 years.

Applications for the position are invited from persons who:

  • have tertiary qualifications relevant to the operation of the Board; or
  • are experienced in matters associated with sociology, criminology, penology or medicine; or
  • possess any other knowledge or experience appropriate to the functions of the Parole Board; or
  • have experience in sitting on other boards and tribunals.

Parole Board hearings are held fortnightly in Hobart.

An Information Package (PDF, 119.6 KB), containing the selection criteria, can be accessed under “Expression of Interest” on the Department of Justice’s website.

Applications addressing the relevant criteria may be sent to applications@justice.tas.gov.au;


Department of Justice
GPO Box 825

Applications must be received by close of business Friday 25 November 2022.

All applications will be acknowledged when received.

For further enquiries please contact Acting Secretary of the Parole Board, Mr Ben Hancock on (03) 6165 6719 or ben.hancock@justice.tas.gov.au