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Lawyer – Access to Justice or Senior Lawyer – Access to Justice

Organisation : Justice Connect

Location : Melbourne, Sydney

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Profession : Legal

Sector : Law, Justice & Human Rights

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 8 Dec, 2021

About the role

Role purpose:

Develop and deliver a high impact project to extend the reach of Justice Connect’s Seniors Law services beyond our HJPs. Build on Seniors Law’s unique work facilitating conversations about safeguarding through future planning, to deliver an effective prevention strategy for elder abuse. Trial various engagement strategies to build knowledge and relationships with older people and their supports, to identify and refer elder abuse and prevention matters to Justice Connect’s services. Work with Justice Connect’s engagement team to monitor and help improve digital engagement strategies. Take a big picture approach to unmet legal need and directing people in need to appropriate intensities of services (including self-help resources, TeleLaw advice and facilitating intensive pro bono representation). Build on and deliver Seniors Law’s Telelaw service across all health partner local health districts. Work closely with health teams, local community support organisations, older clients, pro bono firms and evaluators to deliver improved legal and health outcomes for older people experiencing or at risk of abuse.

Key responsibilities: 

Lawyer or Senior Lawyer – Access to Justice

  • Stakeholder mapping to identify key project stakeholders.
  • Develop and deliver an engagement strategy to reach more older people who may be at risk of or experiencing elder abuse, and their supports, with support from the Projects Manager.
  •  Work with Justice Connect’s engagement team to monitor, improve and understand the impact of digital engagement strategies being run in parallel with more traditional engagement strategies for this project.
  • Deliver legal education to older people, their support workers and other community organisations to increase understanding of elder abuse and preventative strategies.
  • Facilitate conversations with the community about safeguarding and future planning – key strategies for preventing elder abuse.
  • Conduct intensive legal triage with clients experiencing, or at risk of, elder abuse and other legal issues associated with ageing, and identify the appropriate intensity of Justice Connect’s services for the client.
  • Continue to develop Justice Connect’s telelaw program and deliver telelaw services where appropriate considering the needs and circumstances of the client.
  • Oversee referrals to pro bono firms, including providing guidance to pro bono lawyers and responding to clients.
  • Provide secondary consultations on a range of legal issues to build capacity and assist developing strong relationships with health professionals
  • Escalate risk and legal practice management issues to the Manager.
  • 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, health professionals, pro bono lawyers, evaluators, other community services, networks and funders.
  • Collect data to assist with monitoring and evaluation.
  • Participate in working groups and committees focused on 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 program and organisation-wide projects.
  • Contributing to Justice Connect’s Reconciliation Action Plan activities.
  • Assist with program evaluation
  • Perform other duties as directed and necessary to the proper performance of the role.

Senior Lawyer – additional responsibilities

  • Assist with budget management.
  • Oversee and develop projects, co-located services, and targeted work with specific help-seeker groups.
  •  Contribute to and as required lead organisational processes, process improvement projects, integration of digital channels to service models, increased cross-organisation consistency and undertake qualify assurance measures.

Selection criteria:

Please view the 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. In the face of rising levels of unmet legal need, Justice Connect designs and delivers high impact interventions to increase access to legal support and progress social justice.

We are committed to taking an impact-focused approach, applying research and design principles to develop our products and services to ensure they make a tangible difference for our clients and sector peers.

We deliver services that assist both people and community organisations. Those we assist often struggle to navigate the law, are unable to use the law in their daily lives and experience the impacts of harsh and unjust laws. We aim to prevent and to solve legal problems so that we can prevent the negative impacts on people’s lives and organisations and empower the community to use the law as a force for good.

Given the scale of the challenges we address, we use digital innovation to extend our reach and impact, supporting us to be more efficient and accessible, while helping us capture and use data to better understand legal need and underlying systemic issues.
We harness the extraordinary pro bono contributions of over 50 member firms and the barristers we work with across the country. We channel pro bono effort through our innovative service models to ensure that pro bono hours deliver real impact for the community.

We develop strategic interventions to help address the system-level drivers of legal problems and barriers people face when engaging with the legal system. By addressing root causes of flawed or unfair laws and poorly designed systems, we prevent the long-term challenges that people and organisations continue to face.

Our creative and passionate staff drive us forward with a commitment to evaluation and iteration that ensures our impact increases year on year.

How to apply

The application process is as follows:

  • Applications should be addressed to Stephanie Tonkin, Head of Community Programs 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 or Senior Lawyer – Access to Justice, Seniors Law via Pro Bono Australia” in the email subject line.

  • Applications close at 9:00 am, Wednesday 8 December 2021.

  • Interviews for the position will most likely be held in the same week.

We know our team and our organisation is stronger with a diversity of backgrounds and experience, including lived experience of the issues we work on. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of colour, people from culturally and linguistically diverse and refugee backgrounds, people with diverse religious beliefs, gender diverse people, LGBTIQ+ people and people living with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.


Please quote in application: Lawyer - Access to Justice or Senior Lawyer - Access to Justice via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Legal
Sector: #Law_Justice_and_Human_Rights

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