About the Role
The roles can be based in either Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney. With a national focus, regular interstate travel will be required.
knowmore’s lawyers will provide high quality legal services to clients in a culturally safe and appropriate manner within a trauma informed and multi-disciplinary framework.
This role delivers front line legal services and reports directly to either a Managing Lawyer or a Senior Lawyer in the relevant knowmore office, depending on the size of the legal team. This role works collaboratively as a member of the national legal team and within knowmore’s multi-disciplinary model, working alongside other teams delivering intake, social work and cultural support services to clients. At times the role will also work with other partner services to support clients.
The role will advise clients who are survivors of child sexual abuse about redress and compensation options, including redress claims under the National Redress Scheme, and acting for clients making such claims. Lawyers will also contribute to knowmore’s policy and law reform work and prepare and deliver community legal education and participate in other community engagement activities, working cooperatively and collaboratively with other staff and service providers.
Guided by the organisation’s service plan, the role will involve intrastate and interstate travel to deliver services to clients on an outreach basis, and to undertake community engagement activities. Accordingly, a current drivers’ license is highly desirable, along with the ability and willingness to travel, including to remote and regional locations for up to a week at a time, and to work out of hours.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Providing high-quality legal information, advice, representation and referral services to clients who are survivors of child sexual abuse, through telephone and face to face services
• Contributing as a professional member of a national legal practice; complying with the rules and requirements of relevant legal profession legislation and the Community Legal Centre Risk Management Guide
• Working cooperatively and collaboratively, both within knowmore’s multi-disciplinary model of teams of legal and non-legal staff, and with external service providers, to ensure client’s legal and other needs are identified and actioned in a consistent, effective and timely way
• Manage a significant caseload of client matters ensuring all service standards and timelines are met
• Ensure all relevant service data is accurately recorded
• Making referrals, including warm referrals, to other service providers where appropriate
• Undertaking legal research and drafting to support knowmore’s contributions to law reform and policy and procedural initiatives relating to its client group
• Contribute to the preparation and delivery of community legal education and other engagement activities and materials
• Undertaking and participating in the development and delivery of ongoing training and professional development activities for knowmore staff and service partners
• Contribute to the day-to-day supervision and co-ordination of the activities of volunteers and pro bono providers
• Proactively manage own self-care and workload
• Act as a Senior Lawyer if required
• Undertake other duties and projects as directed
About the Organisation
knowmore was established by the National Association of Community Legal Centres in 2013 as a national, independent community legal service to provide free legal assistance to people engaging with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. From its inception, knowmore has delivered integrated, multi-disciplinary, trauma-informed and culturally safe services to survivors of child sexual abuse across Australia.
The Royal Commission handed down its final report in December 2017 and knowmore now has an important role in supporting implementation of the Commission’s recommendations. knowmore has secured funding of $37.9 million over the next three years to provide legal support services to survivors relating to their justice and redress options, including under the National Redress Scheme.
Services are provided by knowmore’s team of lawyers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Advisors, social workers, counsellors and operations staff through a national phone line and face-to-face services in key locations, supported by a comprehensive program of outreach and community engagement across Australia. Services are provided from a national network of offices currently located in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
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Phone : 02 8267 7400
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Please quote in application: Lawyer via Pro Bono Australia.