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Senior Solicitor / Caseworker


Employer: Refugee Advice and Casework Service
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Legal & Human Rights
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 07 August, 2019.
Applications close: 19 August, 2019. (Expired)

The Refugee Advice Casework Service (RACS) seeks a dedicated person to join its team of committed human rights lawyers as a Senior Solicitor/Caseworker. You must be a solicitor and a registered migration agent (or be eligible to become a migration agent). The position is primarily responsible for the delivery of the Justice for Refugees @ RACS, Judicial Review Referral Service, as well as participation in our general advice and assistance services.

The position is permanent full- time (35 hours per week). Flexible working arrangements may also be considered. Remuneration for the position is $83,000 to $87,000 per annum, (commensurate with qualifications and experience), plus superannuation contribution and salary packaging.

RACS is committed to working together to achieve a more inclusive community. Our workplace strives to be one that embraces and celebrates diversity and the wide range of skills, expertise and experience we can all bring to strengthen our dynamic, collaborative and responsive environment. RACS encourages people from all different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, people that identify as LGBTIQ+ and people with disabilities.

Justice for Refugees @ RACS - Judicial Review Referral Service Solicitor Role

People seeking asylum who came by boat are now subject to the “Fast Track refugee assessment process”, with no access to the AAT for review, the departmental decision on their claims may only be re-examined by the Immigration Assessment Authority. This new project, Justice for Refugees @ RACS, aims to connect fast track applicants who need legal help with a judicial review matter, with members of the legal community willing to act on a pro bono or no-win-no-fee basis. The primary focus of the position is to facilitate smooth referrals for high numbers of fast track applicants with their judicial review matters. Other general casework and advice services will also be provided as guided by RACS.

Selection Criteria

Essential

  • Holds or eligible to hold a NSW legal practicing certificate with more than 4 years PQE and/or at least 3 years refugee or other relevant experience. No longer subject to condition 2 on their practicing certificate or eligible to have this condition removed.
  • Demonstrated experience as a legal practitioner with knowledge of Australian immigration law and practice, particularly refugee law.
  • Previously had or currently engaged in the direct supervision of volunteers, practical legal trainees or Paralegals.
  • Experience working with clients from torture & trauma backgrounds and or/ culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • High level communication and interpersonal skills, including an ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders in a confident and a respectful manner.
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage time and priorities effectively and meet strict deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.
  • A commitment to refugee and human rights issues.

Desirable

  • Ability to work with limited resources in a community legal centre environment.
  • Demonstrate experience in advocacy before a court or tribunal
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Australian immigration law and practice, particularly refugee law affecting the “fast track” client group.
  • Demonstrated language skills other than English will be considered favourably

A full Position Description is attached below.

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