Lawyer, Migration

Motivated Lawyers with interest in assisting asylum seekers in the area of Migration law.
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VLA3 - V3LO3C
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/LAWYERMIGRATION
Closing Date: 23-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $84,626 - $98,901
Job Duration: up to 18 months
Attachments: Lawyer, Migration #TBC - Candidate application form.docx (Word, 226KB)
Key Selection Criteria

Lawyer, Migration #TBC- PD.docx (Word, 224KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Sarah Fisher, Program Manager
(03) 9269 0574

Position Details

  • x5 Full time maximum term position up to 18 months (part time considered)
  • Salary based on experience, range: $84,626 - $98,901 plus super
  • Up to $15,900 in salary packaging and hybrid WFH & office model

About the role:
In this position, you will provide legal advice and handle cases in the field of civil law, with a specific focus on Migration Law. You will also serve as a lawyer for clients in both court and tribunals, including duty services, casework and advice services. Your role will involve advocating effectively for clients, paying particular attention to assisting asylum seekers to seek protection under the Migration Act 1958 and Migration Regulations 1994.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to contribute to community legal education, participate in law reform initiatives, and engage in various projects undertaken by VLA. Building strong relationships with VLA personnel, court staff, community legal centres, and social justice organizations will also be an important aspect of this role.

This role is based at our Melbourne CBD office on Wurundjeri Country.

About you:

As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Capacity to work as an advocate and caseworker in civil law matters, with a particular focus on assisting asylum seekers in Migration law matters, with knowledge of or practical experience in relevant court and tribunal procedures.
  • Ability to provide written and verbal legal advice within limited time constraints.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the capacity to communicate effectively with clients who experience social and economic disadvantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others and capacity to exercise self-care while undertaking challenging work.

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 Sarah Fisher, Program Manager on (03) 9269 0574.

No agency applications will be accepted.

Applications close by 11.59pm on Sunday 23 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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