Family Advocate

Provide non-legal advocacy to families in the child protection system, focusing on education rights, self-advocacy support, referrals to services, and pre-proceedings assistance for parents and primary carers.
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Administration / Secretarial
Classification: VLA3 - V3AO5C
Work Location: Melbourne - Southern Metro
Reference: VG/01928
Closing Date: 21-Jul-2024
Salary Range: $76,426 - $98,901
Job Duration: Ongoing
Attachments: Advocate IFAS #1928 - Position Description.docx (Word, 225KB)

Advocate IFAS #1928 - Candidate Application Form.docx (Word, 227KB)

Contact: Sharon Fecteau, Senior Advocate, IFAS
(03) 9093 3756

Position Details

  • 1 x Full time ongoing position (part time considered)
  • 1 x Full time maximum term position up to July 2025 (part time considered) - parental leave replacement position
  • Salary based on experience, range: $76,426 - $98,901 (pro rata) plus super
  • Up to $15,900 in salary packaging and hybrid WFH & office model

About the role:
Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) is seeking an engaged and client focused person to join our Independent Family Advocacy Support (IFAS) team. You will provide high quality non-legal advocacy services to families, including the provision of information about people's rights and the child protection system, supporting people to access their rights using self-advocacy strategies, making referrals to legal and non-legal services, and providing advocacy. You will work closely with both the Senior Advocate and Manager also based in Melbourne and be part of a broader team of Advocates located at co-location outposts across Melbourne.

The maximum term position is based at our Melbourne CBD office on Wurundjeri Country with 1 day fortnightly at a co-location outpost.

The ongoing position is based at our Dandenong office on Bunurong country. 

About you:

As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Extensive experience in the provision of advocacy services in health, community service, social work or other similar sectors.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the child protection and child and family services systems, including legal and policy context of those.
  • Experience working with First Nations families, adults with intellectual disabilities, and/or people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, particularly within the child protection system. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to build rapport with clients quickly.
  • Post-secondary qualification (certificate, diploma or degree) in a relevant field such as social work, health, community development.

Don't meet every requirement? At VLA, we understand that your work and life experiences can be just as valuable. If you're excited about this role but your CV doesn't align perfectly with our job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or one of our many other opportunities.

About Victoria Legal Aid:
We provide legal representation to those who need it most. With over 1000 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.

Our clients come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds and foster a work culture that's inclusive as well as diverse. Your unique ideas and perspectives are valued so that we best represent the people we serve.

Employee benefits:

  • Focus on work-life balance including flexible working arrangements
  • Hybrid work from home & office model
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Excellent salary packaging options including General Expenses up to $15,900, Meals & Entertainment up to $2,650 and Novated Leasing
  • Opportunity to join Myki Commuter Club(and salary package the cost)
  • Supportive team environment in modern offices (including free gym and end-of-trip facilities at our CBD office)
  • Access to discounted Private Health Insurance

How to apply:
To be considered for this role, please submit a current resume and completed candidate application form (listed within the file attachments).

If you require adjustment to the recruitment and selection process or need an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our team.

For further information review the attached position description or contact Robyn Buchanan, Manager, IFAS on (03) 9093 3752, or Sharon Fecteau, Senior Advocate, IFAS, on (03) 9093 3756.

No agency applications will be accepted.

Applications close by 11.59pm on Sunday 21 July 2024.

Other relevant information:

It is a requirement that staff attend for office-based days at their primary work location. In line with this requirement, interstate applications will be considered only where the candidate is able and willing to relocate to Victoria, unless part of a border community.

VLA is committed to putting the safety and wellbeing of children first.

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