Solicitor/Caseworker or Senior Solicitor/Caseworker

Welfare Rights Centre

Applications Closing: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 17:00

The Welfare Rights Centre is looking for a Solicitor/Caseworker or Senior Solicitor/Caseworker (depending on qualifications and experience).

The Solicitor/Caseworker’s primary role is to contribute to the casework practice of the Welfare Rights Centre, through the provision of information and advice and individual casework involving advocacy directly to Centrelink and to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

The primary role of a Senior Solicitor/Caseworker’s is to assist the Principal Solicitor in leading the casework practice of the Welfare Rights Centre, and in ensuring compliance with risk management procedures. In addition to advising and representing clients at both tiers of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Senior Solicitor/Senior Caseworker assists the Principal Solicitor in the supervision of solicitors and caseworkers in their advice and casework.

This is a great opportunity to join a team of committed people, and contribute to our work to enforce the rights of socially and economically disadvantaged people to income support.

Full training will be provided to the right candidate.

You will be supervised by the Principal Solicitor.


Selection criteria

1.  Demonstrated ability to acquire skills and knowledge relating to Centrelink and employment services, social security and family assistance law and policy, and ABSTUDY payment.
2.  Ability to represent clients at the first tier of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, including preparing written submissions.
3.  Good written and oral communication skills, including plain English skills.
4.  Ability to learn and use the Centre’s client database.
5.  Good time management skills, with experience in managing competing priorities and deadlines and ability to handle a high volume of client inquiries and caseload in a professional and timely manner and provide accurate advice and information.
6.  Experience working as part of a team and independently.
7.  Appropriate and relevant qualifications and experience:
       a.  For the position of Solicitor:
  • eligible to hold a Practicing Certificate in NSW; and
  • experience working or volunteering in the community legal sector; or
  • experience working in Centrelink.
        b. For the position of Caseworker:
  • a bachelor degree; and
  • experience working in Centrelink; or
  • experience providing advice and undertaking casework in social security matters.
8.  Experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • policy and law reform work;
  • media, including social media, work;
  • Community Legal Education;
  • design and production of publications, including factsheets; and/or
  • fund-raising.
9.  Demonstrated commitment to achieving social justice.
Additional selection criteria for Senior Solicitor/Caseworker:
10.  unrestricted Practicing Certificate (for Senior Solicitor only); and
11.  at least two years’ experience providing advice and undertaking casework in social security matters, including preparing submissions for and representing clients at the AAT; and
12.  Experience in court or tribunal advocacy; and
13.  Experience in supervising staff and/or volunteers.

Level  5 – Level 6 SCHCADS Award $74,984.78 - $84,074.10 (commensurate with qualifications and experience) as per WRC Enterprise Agreement plus 36 hour week, 10 days additional leave, superannuation 10.5%, and access to salary sacrificing arrangements

Category: Legal
Field: Advocacy, Information & Campaigns, Community
Employment basis: Full-time
Job Location: Sydney CBD, Inner City Sydney
Position details
Position Description: Download position description
How to apply

Please contact Natalie Ross on (02) 9211 5389 if you have any questions.

Please email the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Claim for position against the selection criteria
  • Your CV

Applications which do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

Applications close COB 21 August 2019 with a view to interview the week of 2 Sep 2019.

Date posted: 05 August 2019

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