Senior Advocate, Youth Crime

Join the specialist Youth Crime team in the role of Senior Advocate supporting the Bendigo and Shepparton VLA offices.
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VLA4 - V4LO4B
Work Location: Multiple Locations
Reference: VG/1841
Closing Date: 18-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $98,902 - $123,624
Job Duration: Ongoing
Attachments: Senior Advocate Youth Crime #1841 PD - Bendigo Shepparton.pdf (PDF, 156KB)
Job Specification

Senior Advocate Youth Crime #1841 Candidate application form.docx (Word, 226KB)
Key Selection Criteria

Senior Advocate Youth Crime #1841 PD - Bendigo Shepparton.pdf (PDF, 156KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Amanda Carter - Associate Director - Youth Crime
(03) 9280 3855

Position Details

  • Full time ongoing position (part time considered)
  • Salary based on experience, range: $98,902 - $123,624 (pro rata) plus super
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging

About the role:
Part of the Criminal Law Program, the Youth Crime team provides expert specialist advice and representation to children and young people charged with criminal offences in the summary and indictable jurisdiction with a strong focus on therapeutic lawyering to ensure quality services and that clients are treated fairly.

You will act as a legal advocate for children and young people, primarily in complex youth crime proceedings in the Children's Court, and related hearings. You will appear as counsel and a duty lawyer in the Children's Court. You will support and promote proactive and responsive legal services and high-quality outcomes for children in, or at risk of being in, the youth justice system through the delivery of training and stakeholder partnerships.

This position will focus on supporting and servicing the Bendigo and Shepparton regions. You can either be based at our Bendigo or Shepparton office, and dependant on your location, regular travel to Melbourne (Wurundjeri Country) office, and Bendigo/Shepparton will be required.

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

  • Extensive criminal law legal advocacy experience in complex youth crime matters.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and practical experience in the application of the Children, Youth & Families Act 2005, criminal law and procedure, the law of evidence and other relevant legislation.
  • Passion for advocating for youth clients and the ability to develop strong relationships and communicate effectively with a wide range of clients and stakeholders at all levels.
  • Ability to mentor and train staff and contribute to their development.
  • Hold a current Australian practising certificate which entitles you to practise in Victoria as a government legal practitioner (mandatory).

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).

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 Amanda Carter, Associate Director, Youth Crime on (03) 9280 3855.

No agency applications will be accepted. 

Applications close by 11.59pm on Tuesday 18 June 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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