Victoria Legal Aid

Aboriginal community engagement officers

Our Aboriginal community engagement officers help ensure that First Nations people can get the help they need.

Aboriginal community engagement (ACE) officers work towards improving access to justice for First Nations communities across Victoria.

They are specialist non-legal roles based across Victoria that focus on client support, community engagement and legal education. Their work is vital in building trust and strengthening relationships between Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) and First Nations communities and organisations.

Our former ACE officer in Gippsland, Jess McDonald, speaks about her work with the Wulgunggo Ngalu Learning Place, near Morwell. Jess is joined by Shaun Braybrook, manager of Wulgunggo Ngalu.

'At VLA we work with some really vulnerable people, and we need to ensure they feel safe. The ACE officer role offers a helping hand, and closes that gap between lawyer and client. Dealing with legal services, particularly for mob, can be really scary otherwise.' – Jess McDonald, former ACE officer, Morwell.

More information

Find out more about First Nations employment at VLA and our First Nations clerkship program and First Nations graduate law program.

Read our Reconciliation Action Plan.

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Reviewed 01 February 2024

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