Victims of Crime Reference Group

The Commissioner for Victims of Crime is seeking expressions of interest from Western Australians who have lived experience as a victim of crime to become part of a Victims of Crime Reference Group.

The Commissioner for Victims of Crime is seeking a diverse group of individuals to become part of the Victims of Crime Reference Group (Reference Group) and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply, as well as those from regional locations.

The Reference Group has been established to provide the Attorney General and the State Government with strategic advice and recommendations to inform the development of policy, programs and services for victims of crime in Western Australia. It will provide a forum for information exchange and discussions on broad strategic issues relating to victims of crime.

The Reference Group will be chaired by the Commissioner for Victims of Crime and an independent Community member appointed by the Attorney General. Membership includes four people with a lived experience as a victim of crime and representatives from the Western Australia Police Force, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Department of Communities, Department of Health- Sexual Assault Resource Centre, Legal Aid Western Australia, Mental Health Commission and Department of Justice (Corrective Services division).

Expressions of Interest

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Position details
Position title Victim representative (four positions)
Term 1 March 2021 to 1 March 2023 (two year fixed term)
Location Perth CBD
Position contact Name: Project Officer, Office of the Commissioner for Victims of Crime
Phone: 61 8 9264 9877
Email: vocrg@justice.wa.gov.au

Time commitment

The Reference Group will meet on a quarterly basis (or as required). The meetings will occur during business hours and run for up to two hours. Pre-reading will be required prior to each meeting. Members will receive payment for their involvement.

We understand that victim representatives may not be able to attend all meetings; however, it is important that applicants are able to make a reasonable commitment to attend to ensure the Reference Group receives the benefit of having your input from all appointed victim representatives.

Eligibility

You can apply if:

  • you have been a victim of a crime or you are the relative of someone who has been the victim of a crime and
  • you live in Western Australia.

Selection criteria

We are seeking people who:

  • can provide a victim of crime perspective and actively participate in discussions on issues, policies and programmes concerning victims of crime.
  • have an interest in providing practical advice that contributes to change and creates positive outcomes for victims of crime.
  • willing to prepare, attend and engage in all meetings.
  • demonstrate exceptional communication and team work skills in order to collaborate with all members and stakeholders to achieve the agreed goals.
  • are able to respect the sensitive nature of discussions and maintain confidentiality of matters raised during the meetings.

Diversity

In selecting victim representatives, we will seek to represent a diverse range of crime types as well as reflect the diversity of the Western Australian community. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people of all ages, genders and sexual identities to apply.

We encourage individuals from regional locations to apply. You may be entitled to reimbursement of travel expenses.

Readiness

We recognise that the Victims of Crime Reference Group discussions may trigger a reflection on one’s own experiences and that this could be upsetting. We do not expect members to take part in discussions if they do not feel comfortable or safe to do so. However, we would like applicants to consider whether they will feel comfortable broadly considering issues related to victims’ experiences, in addition to drawing on their own individual experiences.

How to apply

Please complete the online application form. If you are unable to access the online application form,  contact the Office of the Commissioner for Victims of Crime on 61 8 9264 9877.

Expressions of interest must be received by 4.00 pm Monday 7 December 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

The selection process and timing

An email will be sent to confirm receipt of your application. As we expect a large number of applicants, we will only contact you if you have been selected for an interview. We apologise in advance that we cannot take a more personalised approach to this initial stage of the process. All applicants will receive an email once the selection process has been finalised.

Following the selection process recommendations will be made to the Attorney General who is responsible for the appointment of all members.

Shortlisted applicants will undergo a National Criminal History Check and other checks that may be relevant to the position requirements. However, please note that a criminal history does not preclude you from becoming a successful applicant.

Process Timing
Expressions of Interest applications close 7 December 2020
Shortlisted applicants are contacted 8 - 11 December 2020
Shortlisted applicants are interviewed 14 - 18 December 2020
Finalisation of appointments. All applicants are notified
that the selection process has been finalised
February 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

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When will meetings occur?

Meetings will be held every 12 weeks (or as required). These meetings will occur during business hours and are expected to run for approximately 90 minutes. 

Where will the meetings be held?

At the David Malcolm Justice Centre, 28 Barrack Street in the Perth Central Business District (CBD). Alternative arrangements can be made available for members who are outside the metro area or who do not wish to attend meetings in person.

How much will I be paid?

Members will receive a total of $220.00 per meeting for attendance and meeting preparation.  Full time/part-time government employees are unable to receive this payment for their contribution as a member.

If I am unable to attend a meeting will I be paid?

No. However, consideration may be taken into the reason for your absence.

Are travel expenses paid for?

Eligible members, such as those coming from regional and remote areas, are entitled to a reimbursement of travel expenses for travel to and from the meetings. Reimbursement is based on the most economic means of transport available and is subject to approval by the Commissioner for Victims of Crime.

What type of crime do I need to have been the victim of to apply?

Victims of all types of crime are welcome to apply.

How long will I be a member for?

Members will be appointed for up to two-year fixed terms with the option of further appointment to a maximum of four years.

Who has the decision-making authority?

The Reference Group is the primary forum for information exchange and discussing broad strategic issues relating to victims of crime. The Attorney General has the final decision-making authority on the implementation of any reforms proposed by the group.

Page reviewed 19 November 2020