Forensic Technical Assistant

Reference: VG/FM1937SEPT20

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine is Australia’s most comprehensive forensic medical facility. We serve the Victorian community and the whole of the Victorian justice system, especially the courts.

We provide the justice system with evidence to underpin safe convictions and appropriate acquittals. Our doctors help investigate deaths reported to the Coroner, examine alleged offenders and assess, treat and support victims of crime.

The Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria supports patients and their families by providing safe tissues for transplantation and medical research.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our organisation, we’d love to hear from you.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit

If a career that can give you the opportunity to contribute to a safe and just Victoria appeals to you, we look forward to hearing from you.

  • Multiple positons available
  • Ongoing, Full Time
  • Southbank, Melbourne location

VIFM has a vacancy for a Forensic Technical Assistant to work in our team of dedicated and multidisciplinary mortuary staff at the Institute located in Southbank, Melbourne.

About us

The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) is focussed on serving the community and the courts, with the responsibility of providing independent forensic medical and scientific expertise to the justice system, tissue for transplantation and to both teach and undertake research that will benefit the community.

Forensic Technical Services supports this with the provision of high quality autopsy, ancillary scientific and technical services to pathologists performing autopsies, in addition to assisting in the provision of a retrieval service for the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria, admission and release bodies from the mortuary, medical imaging, and maintaining instruments, equipment, stores and a clean mortuary environment.

About the role

As the Forensic Technical Assistant, you will assist in admission and release of bodies, prepare for viewing and identification, maintain cleanliness, and liaise with families, coronial staff and other stakeholders.

As VIFM provides a 24 hour per day service you must be available to participate in shiftwork on a seven day a week roster, including late shifts, night shifts and week-ends.

This is an opportunity to work for a leading forensic institution and would suit candidates wanting to work in a unique and challenging environment, and make an important contribution to the state of Victoria.

Candidates should be aware, that due to the nature of the work that VIFM undertakes, staff will be exposed to equipment, content and concepts of a graphical nature, such as forensic material, descriptions and images medical reports, and mortuary/laboratory environments. Further information about VIFM's work can be found at

About you

To be successful in this role, you will require:

  • sound knowledge of OH&S issues related to scientific or medical field
  • ability to work collaboratively in a busy and dedicated team, and assist team members and senior stakeholders
  • good interpersonal and problem-solving skills and the demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide range of people
  • high levels of customer service
  • ability to be flexible and adaptable, and maintain composure under pressure
  • proven ability to act with integrity and professionalism, and maintain confidentiality
  • strong computing skills, including demonstrated experience in databases or similar systems.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume, covering letter and a document addressing the key selection criteria listed in the position description. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.