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LGBTIQ Outreach Lawyer


Employer: St. Kilda Legal Service Co-Op. Ltd.
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: GLBTI & Sexual Health, Legal & Human Rights
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 02 March, 2018.
Applications close: 12 March, 2018. (Expired)

St Kilda Legal Service (St Kilda Legal) is seeking a motivated and passionate lawyer to coordinate casework, legal education and advocacy work as part of its new Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex Queer (LGBTIQ+) outreach legal service in partnership with the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC). The position is full-time and on a 12 month fixed term contract (this may be extended depending on funding).

The LGBTIQ Lawyer will join the small St Kilda Legal team of four lawyers, two administrative staff and many volunteers. They will be primarily responsible for providing legal advice to people who have accessed VAC services and who identify as LGBTIQ+, with a particular emphasis on referrals out of the VAC Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Service. The LGBTIQ Lawyer will be expected to run casework in diverse areas of law including summary crime, fines, family violence, civil debts, victims of crime and discrimination law, in accordance with the Service casework guidelines. This casework may include limited litigation, depending on capacity.

The LGBTIQ Lawyer will be expected to work closely with VAC caseworkers, relevant community organisations and private firms providing pro bono assistance, and the generalist legal team at St Kilda Legal Service. This is with the aim of providing a more holistic, and connected, legal service to the LGBTIQ community.

Finally, the work includes an element of training of not-for-profit community workers and the legal assistance sector broadly about legal service provision to the LGBTIQ community, and working collaboratively with St Kilda Legal, VAC, and a project advisory committee on the drafting of law reform submissions.

The position will be based up to 3 days/week at the VAC’s site in St Kilda Rd and 2 days at the St Kilda Legal office in St Kilda. From time to time the LGBTIQ Lawyer may be required to attend other locations as the role requires including Moorabbin and Melbourne CBD.

Salary range: $75,000 - $81,000 per annum (pro rata) depending on experience plus superannuation. Generous salary packaging benefits is available.

A copy of the position description is available via request, or on: www.skls.org.au.

About St Kilda Legal Service

St Kilda Legal Service (SKLS) provides free and accessible legal services to members of the community within the Cities of Port Phillip, Bayside, Stonnington and parts of Glen Eira.  The Legal Service is committed to redressing inequalities within the legal system through casework, legal education, community development and law reform activities.  

We are a generalist community legal centre that provides legal advice and casework assistance on a broad range of legal issues, and often sees vulnerable clients with legal matters associated with poverty, drug addiction, mental illness and homelessness. SKLS provides a generalist night service three nights per week, and operates two specialist programs: the Drug Outreach Program and the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Program. We also undertake community legal education and law reform activities throughout our community.

About Victorian AIDS Council

VAC aims to improve the health and social and emotional well-being of Victorian LGBTI communities and those living with and affected by HIV. VAC is Victoria’s LGBTI community led community health service providing a range of advocacy, health promotion, clinical and psychosocial services including general practice, sexual health, alcohol and drug treatment, counselling, family violence and HIV support.

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