How to become a Indigenous Community Liaison Officer

Indigenous community liaison officers liaise with Indigenous communities and the state or territory police forces in order to establish and maintain positive relationships.

Personal requirements of a Indigenous Community Liaison Officer

  • Enjoy working with people
  • Good communication and negotiation skills
  • Of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Of sound character
  • Acceptable traffic/criminal record
  • Medically and physically fit

Education & Training for a Indigenous Community Liaison Officer

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.

Duties & Tasks of a Indigenous Community Liaison Officer

Indigenous community liaison officers may perform the following tasks:

  • establish good communication between police and local Indigenous communities
  • help determine disputes involving police and Indigenous communities
  • advise and educate police officers on cross-cultural awareness
  • advise police on potential crime and disorder areas and suggest ways to stop crime and misbehaviour
  • improve community knowledge about policing services and law and order issues
  • provide assistance to relatives visiting Indigenous prisoners
  • assist police and Indigenous persons and their families involved in the juvenile justice process
  • use appropriate police powers and prepare prosecution briefs.

Working conditions for a Indigenous Community Liaison Officer

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.

Additional Information
People who have established good networks within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be required to undergo a National Police Check and hold a drivers licence.
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