Community & Social Services
Indigenous Community Liaison Officer
Indigenous community liaison officers work with the police to foster good relations with, and maintain order in, the local indigenous community.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does an Indigenous Community Liaison Officer do?
Indigenous community liaison officers work with the police to foster good relations with, and maintain order in, the local indigenous community. Indigenous community liaison officers are also titled Aboriginal community liaison officers in NSW.
Indigenous community liaison officers may perform the following tasks:
- build strong communication channels between police and local Indigenous communities
- oversee dispute management between police and Indigenous communities
- educate the local community on crime prevention and available policing services
- instruct and train police officers on cross-cultural sensitivities and awareness
- collect intelligence and information from the community that is relevant to the police
- patrol the local area
- give talks to schools
- attend community meetings or forums.
Key skills and interests
To become an indigenous community liaison officer, you would need:
- maturity and a responsible attitude
- the ability to react quickly and take positive action
- resilience and confidence
- the ability to remain calm in difficult situations
- good team work skills
- strong communication skills
- patience and tolerance
- a strong understanding of cultural difference
- honesty, fairness and reliability.
Working hours and conditions
In a full-time job you would work a standard number of hours per week, usually on a shiftwork basis, including nights, weekends and public holidays.
Most indigenous community liaison officers work in remote areas. You would spend much of your time outdoors on foot, or in a patrol car, in all weathers. You would wear a uniform with a liaision officer designation.
A driving license would be required.
How to become an Indigenous Community Liaison Officer?
Entry Level Education
You can work as an indigenous community liaison officer without formal qualifications. Your personality and any relevant experience will be important. Entry requirements may vary across states, so check with local forces for exact details.
To become an indigenous community liaison officer you must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin.
Applicants must also pass medical and background checks. You would undertake an on-the-job induction program upon commencement of your employment.
Employment of police officers is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations.
Continued interest for public safety and positive community relations will lead to new openings for community liaison officers; however, jobs may be competitive, depending on location.