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Lawyer, Mental Health And Disability Law (Vla3)

Victoria Legal Aid - Melbourne, VIC

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Exciting opportunity for a motivated Lawyer to join our Mental Health and Disability Law team.

  • Full time maximum term position up to 12 months
  • Salary commensurate with experience, range: $70,578 - $91,333 plus superannuation
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging

About the role:
In this role you will act as an advocate providing legal advice, conducting casework and appearing at various courts and tribunals to represent clients in a range of civil and human rights issues, with a focus on mental health and disability. You will contribute to community engagement, community and professional legal education and law reform initiatives.
You will also develop and maintain collaborative relationships with Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) staff, court and tribunal staff, mental health and disability service providers and community legal centres to deliver comprehensive responses to clients, and work to improve access to justice.

About you:
You are a motivated lawyer with sound knowledge in civil law matters, particularly in the area of mental health and disability law. You have the ability to provide legal advice and representation within tight timeframes, and work well within a busy and fast paced team environment. You have excellent interpersonal skills which see you forming productive professional relationships, and communicate effectively with stakeholders and clients experiencing social or economic disadvantage.

Our lawyers hold front line positions in our courts, working with people experiencing disadvantage, who often have special needs and complex issues, therefore we need people with resilience and maturity to deal with this challenging and rewarding work.

About Victoria Legal Aid:
Our vision is for a fair and just society where rights and responsibilities are upheld. With over 800 staff employed in 15 offices across Victoria, we help people with their legal problems by providing information, advice and education with a focus on the prevention and early resolution of legal problems. We also provide legal representation to those who need it most.

Employee benefits:
We offer attractive employment benefits including salary packaging (making part of your salary tax-free), flexible working arrangements, family friendly policies and opportunities for professional development. Whilst the work is challenging, you will be rewarded with a culture that is focused on achieving quality outcomes for disadvantaged Victorians.

How to apply:
Submit a current resume and completed candidate application form (listed within the file attachments as a Word document). You must complete the candidate application form to be considered for this role, separate responses to the KSC outlined in the position description are not required. Please also include the contact details of two referees.

To protect your safety and the health and safety of our staff, interviews for this role will take place online. If shortlisted for an interview you will be provided with further information about the process.

For further information review the attached position description or contact Hamish McLachlan, Managing Lawyer on (03) 9269 0331

No agency applications will be accepted.

Applications close by 11.59pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021