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Witness Intermediary – Pilot Intermediary Scheme

Department of Justice

Child Abuse Royal Commission Response Unit

Seeking Expressions of Interest for appointment to the Intermediaries Panel

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday 2 December, 2020 11:55 PM

The Department is seeking expressions of interest from appropriately qualified persons for appointment as a Witness Intermediary for the Pilot Intermediary Scheme (the Scheme).  Panel members are appointed by the Secretary of Justice after selection and the successful completion of Witness Intermediary training. Intermediaries are appointed on a sessional basis to provide expert advice and information to police, legal practitioners and courts.

A Witness Intermediary is a communication specialist who assists children and vulnerable adults to give their best evidence by identifying a witness’s communication capacities and providing advice on special measures to assist with a witness’s engagement with police and the criminal justice system. The Scheme applies to victims and witnesses of sexual assault and homicide related matters.

The primary aim of the Scheme is to improve access to justice for vulnerable people and reduce the potential for re-traumatisation associated with criminal investigation and proceedings.

Eligibility requirements

The Department of Justice is seeking expressions of interest 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.

Applicants from the private, non-government and public sector are encouraged to apply. Employees from the Tasmanian Health Service (THS) and other areas of Tasmanian State Service may be eligible to act in the role of a Witness Intermediary as a part of, or in addition to, their normal duties. Contact us for more information on eligibility.

Applicants will have expertise and experience working with:

  • Children; or
  • Children or adults with disabilities; or
  • Children or adults with mental health problems; or
  • Children or adults who have experienced trauma; or
  • Other vulnerable children or adults who may have a communication difficulty.

The Scheme will operate in all regions of the State and expressions of interest are sought from suitable people from all regions of Tasmania.

Persons nominated for the Intermediaries Panel must be registered or eligible for registration to work with vulnerable people and satisfy a pre-employment check before taking up the appointment.

For additional information, an Information Package (DOCX, 1.3 MB) is available . A series of Zoom meetings will be held for applicants seeking further information.

Checklist

Applications must contain a curriculum vitae of no more than two pages (2) and the names of two (2) professional referees. Applicants should refer to the selection criteria when completing their expression of interest. The statement addressing the selection criteria should be no more than two (2) pages.

  • Curriculum vitae including the names of two (2) professional referees; and
  • Statement addressing the selection criteria

How to apply

To register your interest in a zoom information session, or for further information, contact:

Ms Marita O’Connell
Assistant Director
Child Abuse Royal Commission Unit
intermediary@justice.tas.gov.au
Ph: 6165 4802

Applications must contain a curriculum vitae of no more than two pages (2) and the names of two (2) professional referees. Applicants should refer to the selection criteria when completing their expression of interest. The statement addressing the selection criteria should be no more than two (2) pages.

Applications should be marked “PERSONAL & CONFIDENTIAL” and must be submitted no later than 11:55 PM on Wednesday, 2 December 2020 by email to: applications@justice.tas.gov.au.

Applications will be acknowledged when received.