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Lawyer and Project Lead, Seniors Law

Organisation : Justice Connect

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Profession : Legal, Project Management

Sector : Law, Justice & Human Rights

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 10 Aug, 2020

About the role

About “safeguarding now, preventing future abuse” project: 

Future planning is key to the prevention of elder abuse. The provision of targeted advice about rights, how to access help, maintaining choice and control, family care arrangements, appointing substitute decision making, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Medical Treatment Orders, can reduce the likelihood of elder abuse, and maximise the opportunity for older people to be at the centre of all decisions that affect them. Despite free advice, support and resources, older Victorians may not engage with services to support them until something goes wrong.

This project will investigate barriers to engagement through a co-design process. Utilising the Health Justice Partnerships between Seniors Law and community health partners, Seniors Law will work with their partners, who have strong relationships with community health members, to engage older Victorians who may experience elder abuse now or in the future.

In the context of COVID-19, the way in which legal, education and other services are delivered to potentially vulnerable people presents enormous challenges and opportunities. New approaches to service delivery and legal education are being tested by Justice Connect and Seniors Law. Delivery of this project may include the provision of digital and remote strategies.

Role purpose:
This role will lead the process of co-design and delivery of the ‘Safeguarding now, preventing future abuse’ project. This will be through the delivery of five stages of Investigation, Codesign, Engagement, Education, and Legal Support. In addition, provide legal advice and secondary consultations to older people and their support people in a health setting. 

Key responsibilities: 

  • Lead ‘Safeguarding now, preventing future abuse’ project through codesign methodology
  • Provide secondary consultations on a broad range of legal issues to assist health professionals at cohealth.
  • Conduct intensive legal triage with clients experiencing, or at risk of, elder abuse and other legal issues associated with ageing.
  • Provide targeted legal advice and discrete casework on site — as well as outreach locations — and appropriate information, referrals and resources for older people.
  • Oversee referrals to pro bono firms, including providing guidance to pro bono lawyers and responding to clients.
  • Develop strategies to be visible and engage with health professionals, such as attending case conference meetings with multi-disciplinary teams, aimed at supporting staff to identify potential legal issues and appropriate referral pathways.
  • Identify casework trends and systemic problems impacting on older people and engage in various initiatives — including projects, law reform and advocacy activities — to address these problems.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with key stakeholders. In particular, cohealth staff, pro bono lawyers, evaluators, other community services, networks and funders.
  • Develop resources and deliver education promoting the legal rights of older people tailored for health professionals, pro bono lawyers and community members.
  • Collect data to assist with monitoring and evaluation.
  • Actively contribute to the ongoing marketing and profiling the HJP.
  • Participate in working groups and committees about the legal rights of older people.
  • Actively participate in promotion activities, including by representing Justice Connect in a range of public forums, delivering presentations and contributing to internal and external publications.
  • Assist with the governance, fundraising, reporting and evaluation requirements of the program including reports for the Justice Connect Board and funders.
  • Contribute to Justice Connect’s Reconciliation Action Plan activities.
  • Contribute to program and organisation-wide projects.
  • Escalate risk and legal practice management issues to the Principal Lawyer or Manager.
  • Perform other duties as directed and necessary to the proper performance of the role.

Key selection criteria:

  • Please view attached PDF for information regarding the selection criteria.

Employee Benefits:
Justice Connect offers employment benefits including salary packaging (making part of your salary tax-free), flexible working arrangements, above award annual leave provisions and opportunities for professional development. Justice Connect is an organisation that strives to show leadership, operate sustainably and demonstrate our effectiveness. You will be rewarded with a workplace culture that is professional, committed, collaborative and creative and where you can make a real difference through your work.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Justice Connect

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join one of Australia’s most successful public interest and social justice organisations. Justice Connect is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision of a fair and strong community in which people have a fair chance at a better life, the community sector is strong and vibrant and the legal/justice and non-legal social systems are fairer and better.

At Justice Connect, we believe everyone deserves a fair chance at a better life. Too often, our legal system is complicated, expensive and inaccessible. And when the system doesn’t work for everyone, it works for no one. It holds our community back. That’s why we use the law to help people and community groups left behind by an unfair and complicated legal system. Whether it’s a single mother facing homelessness, a local community group struggling with overwhelming regulation or an older person dealing with family violence, real-life problems so often have legal solutions. That’s why we connect people with legal help. We use the power of the law to open up the legal system for those locked out of it, and to change the system where it is broken.

The key to our impact is the passionate commitment of our people. We hold ourselves to the highest standards, driven by a desire to deliver real improvements in the lives of the people and communities we help.

Seniors Law has 10 years’ experience designing and delivering legal services in health care settings. In 2017 the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation recognised the value of our work to address elder abuse, awarding our

How to apply

The application process is as follows:

  •  Applications should be addressed to Lee Archer, Manager, Seniors Law and should comprise a cover letter, your resume, and a succinct statement outlining your suitability for the role with reference to the selection criteria.

  •  Applications should be emailed to as a single word or PDF file including “Lawyer and Project Lead, Seniors Law via Pro Bono Australia” in the email subject line.

  • Applications close 9:00am on Monday 10 August 2020.

Please quote in application: Lawyer and Project Lead, Seniors Law via Pro Bono Australia.




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