Becoming an intermediary
We’re looking for qualified professionals to join the panel of approved intermediaries.
If you have skills in engaging with children, people with intellectual, cognitive or physical impairment impacting communication, people with mental illness, people impacted by trauma, and people who have difficulty communicating, please consider applying to be an intermediary.
If you are interested in improving access to justice for vulnerable witnesses, please consider applying to become an intermediary.
While there is no guarantee of work, you will be paid for your services (refer schedule of fees ).
You can apply at any time during the life of the Queensland Intermediary Scheme Pilot Program (until 30 June 2023).
Who is eligible to become an intermediary?
- Speech therapists
- Social workers
- Occupational therapists
What we’re looking for
Individuals with the above qualifications and accreditations who can:
- Assess witness’ communication needs.
- Inform police and courts on the best ways to communicate with a witness during the police investigation and at the court hearing.
- Act as an independent and impartial officer of the court.
- Prepare high quality reports with recommendations based on their assessment of the witness’ communication needs.
- Demonstrate flexibility – you may be called on for urgent assessments, particularly during police investigations. Evening, weekend work and travel may be required.
- Demonstrate resilience – you will be required to act impartially in emotionally challenging cases involving child sexual offences and confronting content.
What’s in it for you?
Training and professional development
- QIS provides free introductory training and ongoing learning and development as part of the scheme.
- QIS provides mentoring from the QIS ‘In house’ intermediaries to support delivery of services.
Support the criminal justice system
- Practice experience in addressing a range of communication needs and developing communication strategies for police interviewing and in court room settings.
- Experience in needs assessment and report writing for police and courts; and
- General exposure to the nuance and complexity of the criminal justice system.
Assist vulnerable witnesses
- Contribute to Queensland Governments aim of making the justice system better and more accountable to victims of crime; and
- Reduce trauma for child sexual abuse victims and who bring forward complaints; and
- Contribute to change - Evidence from the longest running intermediary scheme in the UK indicates there has been a cultural shift in the way all stakeholders in the justice system approach and treat victims of crime who experience communication difficulties.
Payment for services
- Get paid for your services – this is not voluntary work.
- Intermediaries will be paid for each engagement (there may be several engagements for each stage) according to the payment schedule of fees.
- You can continue to undertake your primary job
- Choose when you are available
What is the process for inclusion to the panel of intermediaries?
Applications will be assessed as needed throughout the life of the pilot program (through to June 2023).
Suitable individuals will be invited to undertake competency-based training. These individuals must successfully complete the training before they can be appointed to the intermediary panel.
The process from the time you apply to become an intermediary to the time you become an intermediary depends on a range of factors, but you will be kept informed of the process.
How do you apply?
You may apply at any time. There are mandatory requirements associated to the role which are set out in the attached documentation.
If you are interested in applying, you should:
- Read the Scheme Rules
- Read the Application Guidelines
- Complete and submit the Application Form – there are only 4 questions
If you meet the mandatory requirements, and you agree to comply with the Scheme Rules, please complete the Application Form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org For any enquiries contact 07 3738 7503
Temporary full-time position
Are you interested in applying your professional skills in the criminal justice system? An opportunity exists to be part of a pilot program in the criminal justice system to improve access to justice for vulnerable witnesses. The Queensland Intermediary Scheme (QIS) provides intermediary services to witnesses with communication difficulties to facilitate communication with police and the courts in relation to child sexual offences. An intermediary will assess and report a witness’ communication needs, inform police and/or the courts on how best to communicate with a witness, and be independent and impartial in helping to elicit better quality evidence.
The QIS requires a professional officer to perform the role of intermediary within the program. The position will operate as a professional intermediary within the Scheme. The position will also be responsible for the management, coaching and mentoring of Intermediary Panel members (external professional intermediaries who will be engaged upon request).
They will provide professional assessment of a witness’ communication needs in child sexual offence matters. The position requires experience relating to children and/or adults who have experienced trauma and/or have complex communication needs. The position will provide quality and timely project and program support and will contribute to quality and service improvement activities and research.
For further information, please see position description