Court Advocacy Worker - Sydney WDVCAS

South West Sydney Legal Centre Inc.

Applications Closing: Monday, September 23, 2019 - 16:30

We are seeking a full time Court Advocacy Worker in Sydney WDVCAS. The Court Advocacy Worker will be part of a team committed to eliminating violence against women and their children.

Domestic and family violence workers in Sydney WDVCAS provide information and referrals, threat assessment, case coordination, court assistance and court advocacy to WDVCAS clients. They work in partnership with NSW Police, local courts, legal representatives and referral agencies to ensure safety and support for women who are experiencing domestic violence.  Sydney WDVCAS provides court assistance and court advocacy before, during and after court for clients who are going through the ADVO process at Downing Centre, Waverley and Newtown local courts.

The Court Advocacy Worker exercises a high-level of expertise to provide accessible and relevant services to women and their children.

Applicants should have a commitment to empowering women and children affected by domestic and family violence, and have demonstrated ability to engage effectively with clients in crisis.

Applicants with language skills other than English are encouraged to apply.

This role is remunerated at Level 5 for a Social and Community Service Employee under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010. The specific level of remuneration is dependent on the worker’s experience.

This position is open to female applicants only. SWSLC considers being a woman to be a genuine occupational qualification for this position under s.31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW). 

The preferred applicants will be required to undergo a Working with Children Check and a Criminal Record Check.

Category: Care & Support Work
Field: Advocacy, Information & Campaigns, Family, Children and Youth, Women
Employment basis: Full-time
Salary Range: $66,000-$80,000
Job Location: Sydney CBD
About us

South West Sydney Legal Centre (SWSLC) is a not-for-profit organisation, delivering innovative, multi-disciplinary and diverse strategies aimed at facilitating access to justice in our local communities.

SWSLC auspices several domestic violence programs, including the Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service.

Position details
Essential Selection Criteria:
  • Understanding of domestic and family violence, its complexities and consequences;
  • Understanding the impact of domestic and family violence and its affect on women and children and sensitivity to their needs, in particular those of women who are isolated, newly arrived and/or refugee women, women from multi-cultural backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women who identify as LGBTIQ and women living with disability;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice response to domestic and family violence including ADVO applications and criminal prosecutions and related legal matters such as family law, care and protection, migration and victim’s compensation issues;
  • Ability to deliver services in accordance with the Sydney WDVCAS Service Agreement, WDVCAP Principles, Policies and Standards and operational documents;
  • Ability to work within local communities to promote awareness of domestic and family violence and Sydney WDVCAS services;
  • Ability to implement service delivery strategies aimed at ensuring the relevance, accessibility and responsiveness of Sydney WDVCAS to a diverse range of women and children;
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly in negotiation, advocacy and conflict resolution;
  • Knowledge of and an ability to work effectively with interpreter services;
  • Excellent networking skills; and
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills.
Desirable Selection Criteria:
  • Knowledge and understanding of Legal Aid NSW policies in relation to grants of legal aid for people in domestic and family violence matters;
  • Local knowledge of Sydney and its community services network;
  • Good computer literacy - ability to use word processing software including Outlook, Word and Excel; and
  • Other community languages and a good understanding of issues affecting women and children from multicultural backgrounds.
Position Description: Download position description
Contact details
Contact Name: Susan Smith
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 02 9287 7505
How to apply

1.  Read the relevant position description and selection criteria further down this document;

2.  Your application must include:

  • a covering letter;
  • a resume; and
  • an additional document fully addressing the Essential and Desirable criteria.

The covering letter should state:

  • The position you are applying for;
  • Your current contact details; and
  • Contact details for 2 professional referees (at least one current or previous line manager).

Your resume should include:

  • Your employment history including dates and a brief statement of duties for previous roles; and
  • Your education history.

Your additional document should clearly explain:

  • How your skills and experience meet each listed essential and desirable criteria.
  • Applications that do not address ALL of the essential criteria will not be considered.

3. Please send written applications to Susan Smith:

4. Contact Person:

Enquiries related to the role should be directed to Susan Smith on 9287 7505 (8:30am to 4:30pm).  Administrative enquiries should be emailed to Susan Smith:

5. Applications close by COB Monday 23rd September 2019

Date posted: 23 August 2019

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