Advocate Guardian

The Victorian Public Advocate is empowered by law to promote and safeguard the rights and interests of people with disability.

The Public Advocate is supported by staff and volunteers at the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA), including guardians, policy and research officers, advice and education staff, legal officers, corporate and administrative staff, and more than 650 volunteers.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our organisation, we’d love to hear from you.

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If you are considering taking on a challenging, rewarding role that allows you to make a noticeable difference in the lives of others, we look forward to hearing from you.
Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: VPSG5.1
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DJ3426JULY
Closing Date: 21-Jul-2019
Salary Range: $98,396 - $108,724
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: DJ3426 - Advocate Guardian - PD.doc (Word, 79KB)

Contact: Megan Archer on (03) 9603 9544

Position Details

About us

The Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) is an independent statutory office accountable to the Victorian Parliament established to protect the rights and enhance the position of people with disabilities in Victoria.

About the role

Advocate Guardians act under delegation from the Public Advocate. You will be authorised to make decisions and undertake advocacy in the best interests of the person under guardianship (the represented person). The scope of the role varies depending upon the authority provided in the VCAT order, but typically includes decisions in regard to where a person may live, what medical treatment they receive and the services they may require. In this role, you will:

  • Act as a guardian for people with disabilities, making complex decisions about lifestyle and medical treatment issues in situations which may involves significant conflict. This may include making decisions in emergencies and after hours
  • Provide individual advocacy for people with disabilities who are at risk or who are experiencing exploitation, abuse or neglect
  • Prepare and present written and oral reports to VCAT and other courts and tribunals as required.

About you

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • Demonstrated sound knowledge of at least one aspect of the Victorian human services sector (disability, mental health or aged care).
  • A good understanding of the issues relating to disability, including mental illness and age related disability. Familiarity with the NDIS is desirable but not essential.
  • Sound decision making skills.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

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