Work with us – Community Lawyer

Part-Time 0.80 EFT – Fixed Term Position

  • Salary Packaging Benefits
  • SCHCADS Award – Community Development Worker Level 6 (pay point subject to experience and qualifications)
  • Download the Position Description (.docx)

About the Organisation

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria is the leading not-for-profit organisation representing the interests and rights of people aged over 50 in Victoria. For nearly 70 years in Victoria, we have led government, corporate and community thinking about the positive aspects of ageing. COTA Victoria’s strategic and operational focus is on promoting older age as a time of opportunities for personal growth, contribution and self-expression.

Community Legal Centre

Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV) is both a Community Legal Centre and a program of COTA Victoria which addresses and responds to older people experiencing elder abuse. Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person, carried out by someone they know and trust. Elder abuse is recognised as a form of family violence.

SRV’s services include a Helpline, specialist legal services, short term support and advocacy, and community education, in addition to broader policy, systemic advocacy, law reform and capacity building roles both in Victoria and nationally.

Benefits and Perks

  • Rewarding opportunity – growing recognition of elder abuse as a major social issue.
  • An attractive remuneration package, generous salary packaging benefits and leave loading.
  • Being part of a friendly, collaborative team that is welcoming, supportive and enjoy making a difference.

About the Role

Within the context of ageism and family violence, the Community Lawyer empowers older people and service providers through legal solutions. The position is a great opportunity to achieve social justice for a growing demographic. We are seeking an experienced and motivate person to:

  • provide high quality legal advice and casework to clients
  • appear in Courts and Tribunals on behalf of clients
  • provide secondary consultations to community workers and lawyers
  • engage in systemic advocacy and law reform projects.

About You

To be successful in this role you will have post-admission experience in areas of law relevant to older people, a strong rights-based approach, ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team, and a commitment to addressing the needs of older people.

How to Apply

Application to include: 

  • short (1 page max.) covering letter
  • statement briefly addressing each selection criterion as set out within the Position Description
  • current resume.

Email application to:  recruitment@cotavic.org.au

For further information about the position please contact Rebecca Edwards, Principal Lawyer, 0427 722 286.   

Applications close:  Position is for immediate appointment. Applications close Thursday 9 January 2019.  Interviews scheduled for 15 and 16 January 2020.