- Job posted on: 8th Mar 2019
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knowmore is currently expanding to meet the higher than expected demands on our obligation to deliver legal support services to assist survivors of institutional child sexual abuse to access redress under the National Redress Scheme.
knowmore is a nation-wide, free and independent community legal centre providing legal information, advice, representation and referrals, education and systemic advocacy for victims and survivors of child abuse. Our vision is a community that is accountable to survivors and free of child abuse. Our mission is to facilitate access to justice for victims and survivors of child abuse, and to work with survivors and their supporters to stop child abuse.
Our service was initially established in 2013 to assist people who were engaging with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (‘the Royal Commission’). knowmore was established by and operates as a program of the National Association of Community Legal Centre’s (NACLC), with funding from the Australian Government, represented by the Attorney-General’s Department. knowmore also receives funding under a grant from the Financial Counselling Foundation.
From 1 July 2018 NACLC has been funded to operate knowmore to deliver legal support services to assist survivors of institutional child sexual abuse to access redress under the National Redress Scheme. knowmore assists survivors by providing information and advice about the options available to them, including claims under the NRS, access to compensation through other schemes or common law rights and claims.
knowmore uses a multidisciplinary model bringing together intake officers, lawyers, social workers and counsellors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement advisors and financial counsellors to provide trauma-informed, client-centred and culturally safe legal assistance to clients. Services are provided through a national phone line and face-to-face services in key locations, supported by a comprehensive program of outreach and community engagement across Australia. knowmore currently has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Reporting directly to the Executive Officer, the Law Reform and Advocacy Officer is a national role contributing at a high level to knowmore’s strategic objectives of facilitating access to justice for victims and survivors of child abuse and working with survivors and their supporters to stop child abuse.
Through its work with survivors and knowledge of and experience within the legal system, knowmore identifies opportunities to improve laws, policies and processes, and institutional and community cultures. knowmore is an authoritative and independent voice. We make the case for change based on what survivors say they need.
Working in an integrated way to leverage expertise and information across knowmore’s multidisciplinary service teams, the Law Reform and Advocacy Officer will identify relevant advocacy and law reform issues and opportunities across Australia, assisting knowmore to formulate submissions, proposals and recommendations for reform that benefit survivors of child abuse, including around the implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse; the implementation and operation of the National Redress Scheme; and other pathways for justice for survivors.
The Law Reform and Advocacy Officer will engage and partner with the broader CLC sector and other partners, such as services supporting survivors, to progress common objectives and drive change. The role will also pro-actively work with knowmore’s Communications Manager and other senior internal staff to develop effective plans to advance knowmore’s aims in addressing and preventing child abuse and raising public awareness of issues impacting our clients.
This position can be based in either Sydney or Brisbane. The role will involve intrastate travel to knowmore offices and to meet with stakeholders and attend events.
A competitive salary commensurate with the not for profit sector is offered together with the availability of salary packaging to achieve a tax effective total salary package. In addition to being a flexible workplace, knowmore offers 10% superannuation (0.5%above the SGC), a 37.5 -hour working week and 4 weeks annual leave, including annual leave loading.