Indigenous community liaison officers liaise with Indigenous communities and the state or territory police forces in order to establish and maintain positive relationships.
You can work as an Indigenous community liaison officer in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland without formal qualifications, but employers usually require Year 10. The Aboriginal community liaison officer positions are Indigenous-specific positions. Training is undertaken on the job and further study may be required. Training periods and requirements vary between the states and territories. In Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia, the role of police Aboriginal community liaison officer is performed by sworn officers of the police force and is not a separate occupation. See the entry for Police Officer - State for full details of entry requirements.
Indigenous community liaison officers may perform the following tasks:
Indigenous community liaison officers are required to work shifts, including weekends and public holidays, and may serve in urban and remote communities. Indigenous community liaison officers usually have limited police powers, although in certain circumstances they may assist police officers with law enforcement tasks such as arrest, search and detainment. In Tasmania and WA, however, there is no separate Indigenous community liaison officer programme. Instead, fully sworn members of the police force perform this function specialising in the liaison role.