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Principal Solicitor

Welfare Rights Centre
  • Location: Surry Hills, Sydney
  • Remuneration: Grade 6, $83,676.17 - $88,335.05 (commensurate with qualifications and experience) as per WRC Enterprise Agreement plus annual leave, superannuation 10.5%, and access to salary sacrificing arrangements

The Welfare Rights Centre is a specialist community legal centre. We provide free legal advice and representation to NSW residents who have been adversely affected by Centrelink decisions. The Centre’s expertise in social security law and policy has resulted in significant and far-reaching decisions at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, as well changes to social security law, policy and its administration.

The Centre is evolving and is making new plans for the future. The current Coordinator/Principal Solicitor has been appointed the Centre’s new Executive Director, and the Centre is now recruiting for a new Principal Solicitor.

Your role will be to lead the legal practice and contribute to the development and execution of the Centre’s strategic direction and reporting obligations. You must be eligible for an unrestricted practicing certificate in NSW and have the capacity to supervise a legal practice and comply with relevant law and policies. Knowledge of social security and family assistance law is not required, but you must have the capacity to quickly acquire this knowledge. Training will be provided to the right candidate.

The role is permanent and full-time, but consideration will be given to flexible working hours, such as 4 days per week.

This is a great opportunity to lead a team of committed people, and contribute to our work to enforce the rights of socially and economically disadvantaged people on income support.

Selection criteria

  1. Hold or be eligible for an unrestricted practising certificate in NSW and capacity to supervise a legal practice including compliance with relevant laws and policies;
  2. Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the Centre’s clients;
  3. Strong interpersonal, analytical, written and oral communication skills;
  4. Knowledge of (or capacity to quickly acquire) social security and family assistance law, policies and administrative practices;
  5. Excellent time management skills and capacity to balance competing demands of caseload, supervision, appeals and policy and law reform work; and
  6. Capacity to undertake litigation in tribunals and courts including the both tiers of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court.

You will be supervised by the Executive Director. Please contact Katherine Boyle on (02) 9211 5389 if you have any questions.

A position description is attached below.

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