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April

Law Clerk

WorkSafe Victoria - Melbourne, VIC

Legal
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JOB DESCRIPTION

About the role

The Law Clerk will support the Managing Special Counsel and the Workers Compensation Independent Review Service (WCIRS) which provides a non-statutory review framework for decisions made by claims agents under the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (Vic) 2013 on behalf of WorkSafe. The primary purpose of WCIRS is to review disputed decisions relating to workers’ compensation claims and entitlements in a manner that ensures fair, reasonable and sustainable decision-making outcomes that assist WorkSafe to encourage, promote and support workers through their recovery and provide effective occupational rehabilitation and early return to work through suitable employment opportunities.

Working within clear and established management systems, legislative/regulatory provisions and professional standards, the Law Clerk is expected to support the Lead Counsel, Senior and non-Senior Independent Review Officers (S/IRO’s) with planning, investigating and gathering information in the preparation of review findings.

Key accountabilities

  • Assessing and triaging independent review requests for validity against prerequisite criteria, assessing complexity and urgency and allocating reviews
  • Locating, collating and summarising key evidence and information for independent review officers in relation to individual requests for review
  • Under the supervision of Lead Counsel, drafting review findings, including by fairly and impartially analysing and summarising factual backgrounds and key evidence, applying legal principles and providing reasons for outcomes
  • Conducting legal research in areas of case law, policy and other legislation to ensure the team is across new, emerging and existing issues in personal injury litigation and compensation
  • Researching, drafting, updating and maintaining relevant legal policies and practices, correspondence, templates, registers and databases

Please ensure you take a look at the Position Description provided for additional information on accountabilities for this role. www.wemake.worksafe.vic.gov.au

About you

You are an experienced legal professional who wants to make a difference. Your communication and organisational skills are highly developed, and you have the ability to work under pressure and organise work priorities to meet tight deadlines. You effectively and tactfully deal with a wide range of stakeholders, and enjoy working as a part of a team but have the capability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Your skills and experience will also include:

  • Experience with a legal, agent or professional services environment with knowledge of the specific administrative/operational function of WCIRS
  • You will also be able to interpret, communicate, research, provide information on procedure, identify trends and anomalies, and resolve stakeholder complex issues
  • Demonstrated experience in the Victorian workers’ compensation framework, with knowledge of the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic) and the Victorian workers’ compensation statutory framework
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting administrative and merit reviews
  • Highly developed alternative dispute resolution, conflict resolution and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to present review outcomes and learnings to internal and external stakeholder groups
  • Understanding of the principles of statutory interpretation and legal precedent
  • Knowledge of ACCtion and NOVUS would be an advantage

Working with Us

We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and offer flexibility to facilitate work/life balance. People who are seeking part-time or job share arrangements are encouraged to apply.

What’s next?

Applications close 11:00pm Thursday the 8th of April, 2021. Click the link to apply, and join us in making a difference to Victorian lives.

Only people with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position. You may be required to undergo a National Police Check (and/or Medical Assessment) as part of the recruitment process.

Candidate screening may take place prior to the advertisement closing, so get your application in.

For further enquiries please contact Bianca Stojanovski via email [email protected].

About Us

At WorkSafe our passion for the wellbeing of Victorian workers brings us together. Our people come from a wide range of professions and with no two days ever being the same, diverse thinking comes naturally to us. As we build the WorkSafe of the future we’re committed to delivering industry best practice to our people, our customers and the community.

Our future

Our goals are to embed in every workplace a proactive, prevention-led approach to health and safety across the state, and to provide a personalised, tailored service for every Victorian who comes into contact with WorkSafe.

Like wearing a seatbelt or putting on sunscreen, “prevention-led” thinking will become automatic every time Victorians step into the workplace.

WorkSafe are striving to build a diverse workforce that reflects the Victorian community we serve.

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