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Applications close 29 February 2024.
Victims Services is seeking expressions of interest to join the NSW panel of witness intermediaries.
Witness intermediaries assess and facilitate effective communication for child victims and witnesses of prescribed sexual offences during police interviews and court proceedings.
Applicants must satisfy eligibility requirements, with qualifications and demonstrated experience in:
Applications are strongly encouraged from eligible applicants located in or willing to travel to:
Witness intermediaries are paid a rate of $144 per hour, plus GST. The roles are on a contract basis.
Eligible applicants may be invited to attend an interview and be required to undertake compulsory assessments from 18 – 20 March 2024.
Successful applicants will undertake an induction program and further training.
Written applications are to be submitted by 29 February 2024.
Learn about the role of the role of a witness intermediary, what the eligibility requirements are and how to apply on this page.
Attending court or a police interview can be difficult for children and young people who are victims and witnesses in sexual offence matters. The Child Sexual Offence Evidence Program provides measures to support their communication needs, help them to give their best evidence and reduce the stress and trauma they may experience.
Witness intermediaries have been piloted in specific locations since 2016. Witness intermediaries can now be utilised at all NSW Police Child Abuse Units and District Courts.
Witness intermediaries play a crucial role by assisting in the effective communication with children and young people throughout the legal process.
Visit the Child Sexual Offence Evidence Program to learn more.
The role of the witness intermediary is to assist child witnesses in criminal investigations and court proceedings by assessing and facilitating communication. Witness intermediaries are impartial. They are not expert witnesses, advocates or a support person.
Witness intermediaries are required to attend at NSW Police Child Abuse Unit locations, NSW District Courts for hearings and other locations in person, as well as remotely or online as required.
Witness intermediaries assess the communication abilities of children and make recommendations verbally and in written reports to police and courts on how to best support the child’s communication needs. This includes ensuring that:
the child or young person understands the questions put to them
the child or young person can communicate their answers effectively
the language used is appropriate for the child or young person’s developmental or communication needs.
Due to the nature of witness intermediary service provision, the role would best suit professionals who can work under pressure and who are flexible to attend matters with limited notice. Work is allocated on an as-needed basis, with no guarantee of ongoing work.
Witness intermediaries hear information about alleged sexual offences and other trauma related content. Candidates should consider this when making an application.
Being a witness intermediary is challenging yet rewarding. It’s an opportunity to make a meaningful impact for vulnerable children and young people, and to improve their experience within the criminal justice system.
Attending court or a police interview can be difficult for children and young people, and the expertise a witness intermediary offers can help to reduce the stress and trauma they may experience.
Witness intermediaries are engaged on a contract basis and paid an hourly rate. When applying, you can nominate your available days and times, with work allocated on an as-needs basis.
Successful applicants will undertake induction and further training specific to the role, enhancing their skills and professional development.
To be eligible for inclusion on the NSW witness intermediary panel, applicants must hold and maintain at their own cost:
Applicants must also demonstrate:
Applications are to be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 29 February 2024.
To be considered for inclusion on the witness intermediary panel, applicants must provide:
Successful applicants will be required to hold and maintain:
Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements may be:
Successful applicants will undertake induction and further training.
For more information, please contact Victims Services by telephone on 1800 633 063 (option 6) or email email@example.com
21 Feb 2024
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.