Advocate, Independent Family Advocacy Support

Join our Independent Family Advocacy Support Service in the role of an Advocate to provide non-legal advocacy services to families in the child protection system.
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Ongoing - full time or part time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: VLA3
Work Location: Bendigo - Loddon area
Reference: VG/1929AA
Closing Date: 28-Jun-2022
Salary Range: $73,444 - $95,041
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Advocate, IFAS #1929 PD.docx (Word, 163KB)

Contact: Robyn Buchanan- Senior Advocate, IFAS
(03) 9093 3752

Position Details

  • Full time ongoing position
  • Salary commensurate with experience, range: $73,444 - $95,041 plus superannuation
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging

About the role:
The Independent Family Advocacy Support Service provides non-legal advocacy services to families in the child protection system, with a focus on assisting families prior to the commencement of legal proceedings. In this role 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.
This role is based at the Bendigo VLA office and will work with a team of Advocates including a Senior Advocate and the IMHA Manager based in Melbourne and Ballarat.

About you:
You have extensive knowledge and experience in the child protection jurisdiction with an understanding of the challenges impacting Victorians when accessing the child protection system and support services. You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and employ these alongside your understanding of the child protection sector to advocate on behalf of your clients and ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge and tools required to navigate the system.

About Victoria Legal Aid:
Our vision is for a fair and just society where rights and responsibilities are upheld. 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. We also provide legal representation to those who need it most.

Employee benefits:
We offer attractive employment benefits including salary packaging (making part of your salary tax-free), flexible working arrangements under a hybrid work model, family friendly policies and opportunities for professional development. Whilst the work is challenging, you will be rewarded with a culture that is focused on achieving quality outcomes for disadvantaged Victorians.

How to apply:
Please submit a cover letter, current resume and address the key selection criteria (KSC). You must address the KSC to be considered for this role. Please also include the contact details of two referees.

VLA employees are required to comply with the Victorian Minister for Health's mandatory vaccination orders and therefore must be 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.

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

No agency applications will be accepted.

Applications close by 11.59pm on Tuesday 28 June 2022.

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