Career & Job Opportunities

 

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service frequently offers a number of employment opportunities within our Legal, Community Justice and Executive and Corporate Services.

If you are an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who is seeking to work with our organisation please send your current resume along with your preferred area/role and region (metro, Loddon, Barwon etc.) 

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We will contact you as new opportunities arise.

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VALS is made up of Victoria’s most committed legal advocates, professionals and support staff who work hard- with each other, our partners and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities- to advance Aboriginal self-determination and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Victoria of all ages.

We know that our people make the difference. VALS is committed to diversity, equality and inclusion and we celebrate our staff team of diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTQI+ communities and from diverse cultures, language groups, abilities, and experiences.

Grow, develop and be rewarded

  •  You will have opportunities to work on diverse matters and gain significant experience, while having opportunities to develop your own expertise and collaborate with colleagues and partners in wide ranging projects, including policy and legal reform
  • Access generous staff benefits such as access to salary packaging options, flexible working, TOIL, pre-purchased leave, paid parental, carer and cultural leave and much more.

We are currently seeking

We have secured funding from the Department of Justice and Community Safety for a brand-new dedicated youth justice legal representation, advice and support service (Balit Ngulu) to serve the Melbourne metropolitan and Greater Shepparton areas. We are also growing our other Legal Practice areas and Custody Notification Service which supports Aboriginal people access legal assistance when they first enter custody.

VALS has multiple jobs on offer as we embark on the next stages of our journey.  These are:

Overview

The Senior Lawyers (Community Outreach) will have a focus on both of these goals. The role is situated in the Specialist Legal and Litigation Practice (Wirraway).

About half the time, the Senior Lawyers (Community Outreach) time will be spent on coordinating, designing, and delivering PLE/CLE content in partnership with Community Justice Program (CJP) CLE project staff. This includes coordinating with CLE project staff to identify areas of legal need and interest in the community and the profession and working with lawyers across other practice areas to design and deliver education content. 

Senior Lawyers (Community Outreach) will also conduct project and casework within Wirraway. This involves assisting with the establishment or operation of legal clinics, conducting prison outreach services, taking on tort matters, police complaints, and handling coronial files. 

The role also works closely with VALS Policy, Communications and Strategy team to build awareness, and create submissions and proposals for law and policy reform. 

As this is a new model of delivering CLE and PLE at VALS, the role will collaborate with other VALS staff and external stakeholders that are important to ensuring the new initiative is as impactful as possible. 

What A Day as A Senior Lawyer  – (Community Outreach) Specialist Legal and Litigation Practice ‘Wirraway’ Looks Like:

  •  Working with other practice areas in VALS Legal Services and the Community Justice Program (CJP), and following directions from the Director of Legal Services, CEO and the Board, coordinate, design and deliver VALS’ program of CLE/PLE across Victoria. 
  • Coordinate with other legal and CJP staff to deliver CLE content on diverse issues of importance to particular communities or the Aboriginal community of Victoria as a whole. 
  • Design and deliver PLE content to the legal profession, with a focus on equipping the community legal sector with skills specifically related to dealing with Aboriginal clients and the issues they face. 
  • Identify opportunities to expand VALS’ presence in the PLE space.
  • Provide guidance and advice in both written and oral form to the other practice areas within VALS legal services. 
  • Achieve results through court advocacy at a level that requires highly developed legal skills and expertise in both adversarial and inquisitorial proceedings (coronial inquests, civil litigation and criminal matters) 
  • Increase professional development outcomes through internal training and development opportunities, working together with the relevant legal teams and stakeholders.
  • Contribute at a high level to legal advocacy and policy priorities. This includes representing VALS n in law reform activities and driving systemic change.
  • Contribute to, and participate in, the collaborative relationship between Victoria Legal Aid, Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisations, Community Legal Centres and other community organisations with whom VALS interacts
  • Provide mentoring, guidance and supervision and direct oversight of lawyers and administrative staff including the work undertaken in the practice as required.

 

Key Selection Criteria

  • Experience in designing and delivering CLE content. Experience in designing and delivering PLE content is highly desirable. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the social, legal and justice issues including abuse and systemic racism faced by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria 
  • Experience in dealing with Aboriginal community organisations. 
  • In depth knowledge of legislation pertaining to criminal law and civil law litigation with a focus on police torts, ability to analyse complex situations and adapt accordingly in a fast paced and changing environment.
  • High level advocacy and legal skills with demonstrated experience in appearing on behalf of relevant parties in the Coroners, Magistrates and Higher Court jurisdictions in criminal law and civil law litigation with a focus on torts.
  • Demonstrated high level conceptual skills, analytical and negotiation skills to achieve desired results.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with an ability to develop positive relationships with both internal and external stakeholders including members of the Aboriginal Community, Courts, Judiciary, support services and Government Departments. 
  • Demonstrated experience in coaching, mentoring and/or training staff to equip them with knowledge and skills
  •  Ability to provide independent, strategic specialist legal advice and guidance internally to VALS lawyers and Community Justice teams on complex legal matters and or policy issues impacting the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • A commitment to the principles and values of the organisation and proven record of ethical behaviour pursuant to the Legal Profession Uniform Law.
     

Qualifications and experience:

  • Relevant qualification in Law and admission to practice as an Australian Lawyer. 
  • Must hold an unrestricted practicing certificate with not less than 3 years PAE.

Desired

  • Knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) and the police complaints process.
  • Experience in legal policy and commitment to driving and influencing change on relevant policy priorities and emerging issues (desirable)


To apply for this opportunity, please provide:
• a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
• a statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
• your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.
Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Senior Lawyer (Community Outreach) – Wirraway 

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION, CLOSE ON THUSDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2021, 5:00PM

Overview:
Our Family Lawyers provide high quality legal services, including information, advice, representation, casework, negotiation, and dispute resolution. They also perform outreach primarily in Family Law matters with a focus on family violence and related hearings in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and the Federal Circuit and Family Courts of Australia on behalf of members of the Aboriginal community in Victoria. This position also conducts some legal services in relation to child protection matters. 

All VALS lawyers participate in VALS projects as well. This includes policy and law reform initiatives, and community and professional legal education programs.

 

What will you do?

  1. Appear as an advocate on behalf of VALS clients in Family Law proceedings in the          Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and the Federal Circuit and Family Courts of Australia      and at other state-wide locations as required.
  2. Deliver high quality legal services, including information, advice and casework
  3. Maintain a substantial caseload in Family Law matters.
  4. Prepare and comply with applications for grants of legal assistance and reporting  requirements for matters eligible for Victoria Legal Aid funding.
  5. Attend, participate and contribute to the planning, service delivery and continuous improvement of the Aboriginal Families Practice and VALS.
  6. Contribute to VALS projects, policy and law reform initiatives, and community and professional legal education programs as required.
  7. Keep up to date with relevant legal developments and procedures by attending     professional legal education and maintain an understanding of issues, risks and trends
  8. Impacting upon legal services and members of the Aboriginal community in Victoria.

What we need of you?

  1. To be fully committed to social justice and to ensure that every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their background, abilities, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or religion
  2. To champion and abide by VALS Values, Code of Conduct and relevant VALS policies and procedures and government legislation and standards.
  3. To be a team player who gets involved. We want you to actively engage with initiatives that promote positivity and collaboration at work
  4. To take good care for your own health and safety, and that of others (to the extent required). This includes promptly responding to and reporting on any health and safety hazards, incidents and near misses to management.
  5. To keep developing your technical knowledge and to participate in other VALS training sessions. For example, about equal employment opportunity and cultural safety and awareness.

 

Key Selection Criteria

  1. Admitted as a legal practitioner in Victoria and in the High Court of Australia.
  2. Demonstrated ability to act as an advocate and to deliver information, casework and outreach services, and undertake negotiation and dispute resolution for VALS clients
  3. in Family Violence, Intervention Orders and, to a lesser extent, Family Law matters.
  4. Knowledge of and practical experience in relevant law and procedure, with a focus on Family Violence Intervention Orders and Family Law and willingness to conduct child protection matters. This includes in advancing the Aboriginal child placement principle.
  5. A commitment to, and understanding of the legal issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities
  6. Quick and accurate decision-maker, with proved skills in working under pressure and meeting deadlines.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others to foster a co-operative and supportive team environment consistent with the principles and values of the VALS.
  8. Competency in the use of MS Office software (Word, Excel, E-mail) and the capacity
  9. Fast learner, with ability to acquire competency in the use of VALS’ client management systems.

 

Mandatory Requirements 

On offer of this position, you must provide: 

  • a copy of your current Employee Working with Children card
  • a copy of your current Driver’s License valid for the State of Victoria
  • you will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check
  • proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e. a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate or Immigration VISA documentation
  • a copy of your current Practicing Certificate 

 

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:
• a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
• a statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
• your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.
Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Family Lawyer 

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION CLOSE ON THURSDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2021, 5:00PM
 

Overview 

The Record System Coordinator is a member of the Executive and Corporate Services team, who work to achieve the VALS goals and objectives.

The position is responsible for creating and maintaining systems, large scale filing and records keeping. 

What A Day as A Records System Coordinator Looks Like:

  • Establish and maintain large scale filing systems for various confidential records. 
  • Verifying information contained in the records system with legal secretaries and Quality control and accreditation manager. 
  • Control and upkeep system administration.
  • Ensure adherence to all relevant organisational policies.
  • Work closely with Principal Managing Lawyers (PML) and Policy. 
  • File destruction maintenance. 
  • As directed, undertake other duties which are incidental and peripheral to the main tasks, provided that such duties are reasonably within the employee’s skills, competence, and training

Key Selection Criteria

  • Understanding of the issues confronting Aboriginal people in relation to the delivery of legal services and associated issues.
  • Achievements in and a thorough understanding of best practice standards.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in an environment of continuous improvement, innovation and change.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and acknowledge their    diverse backgrounds, personalities and varying needs and the unique cultural ways in which they may be expressed
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and develop strong working relationships within a multi-skilled and multi-discipline working environment.

Desirable 

  • Relevant work experience with systems control and risk management.
  • Computer literacy skills and proficiency using the Microsoft Office and other relevant software.
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector.

Mandatory Requirements: 

On offer of this position, you must provide; 

  • Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
  • You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check
  • Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e. a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate or Immigration VISA documentation

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:
• a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
• a statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
• your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.
Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Record Systems Coordinator 

 

APPLCIATIONS FOR THIS JOB POSITION WILL CLOSE ON THE 1ST OF NOVEMBER 2021 AT 5:00PM.

 

Position Description – Record System Coordinator – August 2021

OVERVIEW:

Looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to assist the Executive Advisor with fundraising events.

If you are looking for experience for a future event co-ordinator role this is the perfect volunteer position for you to add to your CV.

Necessary Skills:

  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to effectively motivate participants to attend fundraising events.
  • Have the ability to follow-up with suppliers, schools, sports leaders, event holders, charities, stakeholders and co-ordinate donation items, logistics and contributions.
  • Be available and in attendance on event days.

DESIRABLE SKILLS:

  • Desirable to have experience with cultural diversity.
  • Desirable to have the willingness to help the community.

Volunteer will initially be required 1 day a week.

This will then be revised at a later date by the Executive Advisor.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • A covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Fundraising Volunteer