Legal Assistant, Dandenong (various positions)

Seeking experienced and motivated Legal Assistants to join Victoria Legal Aid in multiple positions available across our Dandenong office.
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Ongoing - full time or part time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VLA2 - V2AO3D
Work Location: Melbourne - Southern Metro
Reference: VG/1790PLUS
Closing Date: 07-Dec-2022
Salary Range: $56,621- $74,177
Job Duration: Ongoing
Attachments: Legal Assistant PD - Master - Oct 2022.docx (Word, 142KB)


Legal Assistant - various - Candidate Application Form.docx (Word, 145KB)


Contact: Elise Lindley, Administrative Services Manager
(03) 9767 7127

Position Details

  • Multiple full and part time ongoing positions available
  • Salary based on experience, range: $56,621- $74,177 (pro rata) plus super
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging

About the roles:

We are seeking engaged and motivated administrative professionals who want to contribute to improving the lives of disadvantaged Victorians. As a legal assistant, you will play an important role in supporting the delivery of our client services.

We have five positions available:

Legal Assistant, Dandenong Children's Court

  • 4 x full time ongoing roles (part time considered)

The purpose of those roles is to provide operational assistance and administrative support to a team of lawyers delivering services at the Dandenong Children's Courts.

You will undertake core clerking duties of intake, triage and referral of parties to duty lawyers in the Family Division of the Children's Court at Dandenong while working collaboratively with the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing staff, Children's Court staff and other court users to achieve timely referral of parties for legal assistance.

The role will also require you to assess party eligibility for duty lawyer services in accordance with relevant VLA duty lawyer guidelines.

Legal Assistant

  • 1x Part time ongoing role (FTE 0.8)

This role aims to provide effective and efficient administrative support to a team of lawyers and administrative staff, such as word processing, data entry, file management and where required, reception services.

You will also triage client inquiries at the office or in court, record outcomes and provide internal or external referrals as appropriate.

You will assist the Administrative Services Manager with various administrative tasks including the booking of client appointments, the training and orientation of new staff within the office and updating and maintaining VLA's client database and case management system.

About you:
As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Demonstrated capacity to provide administrative support including excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise workloads, meet timelines and work under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide client focused services in a complex, confidential and sensitive environment.
  • Sound interpersonal skills and the capacity to communicate with clients who are often people who are socially and economically disadvantaged, people with a disability or mental illness, children, the elderly and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Sound problem solving and decision-making skills to ensure that clients and other members of the public receive efficient and effective delivery of VLA services.

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:

  • Family friendly, flexible hybrid work from home & office model
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Supportive team environment in modern offices
  • Salary packaging which allows up to $15,900 of your salary each year to be tax free

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 Elise Lindley, Administrative Services Manager on (03) 9767 7127.

No agency applications will be accepted.

Applications close by 11.59pm on Wednesday 7 December 2022.

Other relevant information:
VLA employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It is also 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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