Employment opportunity: Social Worker

We are looking for a committed and creative Social Worker to join our multi-disciplinary team.  Be part of the ACT’s response to COVID-19 and use your social work experience to be part of the specialist team supporting women at risk of domestic and family violence through their legal matters.

  • Work with a leading organisation and dynamic staff team with a genuine understanding and commitment to the role of social workers in our service.
  • Deliver essential services to women at risk of and experiencing family violence at a critical time
  • Competitive remuneration package, including generous PBI salary packaging, leave loading, flex time and paid Christmas close down.

About the position

The Centre’s Socio-Legal Team is an essential part of the Centre’s multidisciplinary approach to delivering legal assistance to women. Social Workers work with our solicitors and client services staff to provide integrated, holistic and trauma-informed support to our clients.

The Social Worker works with clients to support their safety, strengthen their resilience, build their independence and support their engagement with their legal matter. This includes:

  • Developing and reviewing case plans with clients and supporting the implementation of these plans to achieve clients’ goals.
  • Working with Centre solicitors to ensure support is integrated, trauma-informed and coordinated.
  • Providing ongoing, intensive, crisis or one-off support for clients, in line with their needs and the Centre’s focus on early intervention and resolution.
  • Ensuring regular contact and communication with clients about their wellbeing, legal matter and other issues.
  • Continually assess the safety and risk of clients in complex and challenging situations.
  • Make warm and considered referrals in line with client’s consent and needs.

What we’re looking for

We are looking for a qualified social worker who is a member of or eligible for membership with AASW. We are looking for a creative and energetic practitioner who is committed to trauma-informed service delivery and delivering social work support in a way that further strengthens the Centre’s multi-disciplinary approach to legal services.

If you are someone with a sound understanding of the issues facing women experiencing domestic and family violence, including engagement with Child and Youth Protection Services, who enjoys working with vulnerable clients to support them to make informed choices about their legal matters and safety and has well developed resilience and reflection skills to work with women at risk, we want to hear from you.

Ideally, you will also understand and have existing networks of Canberra’s service delivery system to ensure our clients receive essential services and to build broad awareness of the Centre’s services and the value of specialist legal advice.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women with disability, and women from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

For more information about the role, please contact Kasumi Ejiri on 6257 4377 or kejiri@womenslegalact.org

 

Applications should provide

  • a current CV; and
  • maximum of 2 pages ‘Expression of Interest’, addressing the selection criteria in the position description.

Applications should be emailed to kejiri@womenslegalact.org marked Social Worker Application via SEEK or Ethical Jobs or other.

Applications close Monday 10th August 2020

Note: being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification under s34 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT). 

Employment Opportunity: Receptionist

Use your highly developed administration and people skills to support clients and staff in a vibrant and innovative community service delivering essential services to women.

  • Provide confident and responsive reception and administration support in a vibrant and innovative community service.
  • Varied, busy and challenging role with a friendly and positive team in a central location.
  • Competitive remuneration package, including generous PBI salary packaging, leave loading and paid Christmas close down.

About the position

The Women’s Legal Centre is looking for a confident, kind and flexible Receptionist to join our busy organisation.

The Receptionist will:

  • Manage all incoming phone calls and provide a welcoming and positive atmosphere for clients and other visitors to the Centre;
  • Support the administration of the Centre’s legal practice, including managing appointments;
  • Provide administrative and bookkeeping support to the Centre;
  • Develop and maintain a strong knowledge of the Centre’s services;
  • Support volunteer management and pro bono partnerships.

If you’re self-motivated and confident dealing with a range of people and stakeholders, have a good eye for detail and process, and want to work with an energetic and diverse team, then we want to hear from you!

Applications should provide

  • a current CV; and
  • maximum of three pages ‘Expression of Interest’, addressing the selection criteria in the position description available here or by contacting mkaczmarek@womenslegalact.org or (02) 6257 4377.

Applications close COB Friday 31 July 2020. Applications should be sent to recruitment@womenslegalact.org

Note: being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification under s34 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT).

About the Centre

The Women’s Legal Centre is an innovative community legal centre providing specialist legal services to vulnerable women in Canberra and the surrounding region.  Our main areas of practice are family law, domestic violence, victims of crime, employment and discrimination.  We also provide case management support, and run specialist programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

For position descriptions or to discuss the position please contact mkaczmarek@womenslegalact.org or (02) 6257 4377.

Receptionist – Position Description

Employment Opportunity: Employment & Discrimination Solicitor

Employment & Discrimination Solicitor, Women’s Legal Centre ACT

  • Exciting opportunity to join the Centre’s growing Employment & Discrimination Practice.
  • Use your legal skills to advocate for women in discrimination, sexual harassment, human rights, and employment matters.
  • Deliver community legal education and contribute to law reform.
  • Work with a dynamic, multidisciplinary team in a varied, busy and challenging role.
  • Competitive remuneration package, including generous PBI salary packaging, leave loading, paid Christmas shut down, and flex time.

What we’re looking for

The Centre is looking for a junior lawyer to join our Employment & Discrimination Practice. This role will assist the Centre to meet the increased demand for employment law services due to COVID-19.

You should have:

  • 1-3 years’ post admission experience;
  • A commitment to providing high quality legal assistance to women with vulnerabilities;
  • The ability to manage competing workloads under pressure;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people; and
  • A restricted practising certificate in the Australian Capital Territory (or be eligible to apply for one).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women with disability, and women from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Note: Being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification under section 34 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT) and section 30 of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth).

How to apply

Please email your application to Beth Hender, Head of Practice (Employment & Discrimination) at: bhender@womenslegalact.org.

Your application should include:

  • your current CV;
  • response to selection criteria in the position description (maximum 2 pages); and
  • the names and contact details of two referees who have supervised your work.

Applications close 9am Monday 3 August 2020.

For more information, please contact Beth at bhender@womenslegalact.org or call (02) 6257 4377.

Employment & Discrimination Solicitor – Position Description

COVID-19 update – the Centre is here to help

The ACT Government has announced extensive shut down measures that apply from 23 March 2020.

The Centre has moved to close down its physical offices in line with this direction. However, we are not ceasing services over this time.

We know women will be affected by COVID-19 and the measures taken to respond it, particularly lock down measures.

The Centre will be focused on supporting ongoing clients and providing urgent legal advice and assistance to women in relation to family and employment law matters. We will be prioritising women who are most at risk, in coordination with our partners in the legal assistance and women’s sectors.

If you need help the Centre’s phone line is open and we are still taking referrals.

Please be aware we are still making changes to our phone lines. If you leave a message or send us an email we will get back to you.

We will keep working with our partners and supported to ensure we can keep delivering an essential service to women in Canberra over the coming weeks.

COVID-19 Update – 17 March 2020

The Centre is still delivering services, however we’re changing the way we do this to reduce the risk of transmission of the COVID19 virus.


All appointments will be delivered by phone or video from Wednesday 17 March 2020 until further notice.


We are still accepting referrals and requests for assistance as normal. If you need help, please call 02 6457 4377. If you want to refer a client, please email details to referral@womenslegalact.org.


We take the safety of our clients, staff and volunteers seriously. This is a rapidly changing situation and we are closely monitoring government advice about our responses. We will keep you up to date on our response and any changes to the way we are delivering services.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to be in touch – 02 6257 4377 or admin@womenslegalact.org

Extended holiday close down

The Centre’s holiday close down is extended to due to air quality concerns in our offices.

If you need urgent legal advice please email admin@womenslegalact.org and we will endeavour to meet your needs as soon as possible.

If you require immediate assistance, please contact the following the services:
Emergency – 000
ACT Police – 131 444 (non-emergency)
Domestic Violence Crisis Service – 02 6289 0900 (24 Hour Crisis Line)

If you need an urgent recovery order, please contact the Federal Circuit Court on 1300 352 000. For more information about how to apply for a recovery order, please go to: www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/fccweb/family-law-matters/missing-children/recovery-orders/