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Principal Lawyer

Social Security Rights Victoria
  • Opportunity to join a dynamic team at a specialist community legal centre assisting vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians with Centrelink legal issues
  • Full time, 38 hours per week, ongoing subject to funding
  • Salary range $104,000 - $108,000 approx, pro rata, depending on experience. Plus leave loading, portable long service leave and superannuation guarantee contributions. Salary packing available
  • Based in Fitzroy


Social Security Rights Victoria (SSRV) is an independent, state-wide community legal centre that specialises in social security and related law, policy and procedure. Our vision is for a fair and just society in which all people are able to receive a guaranteed adequate income in order to enjoy a decent standard of living. SSRV’s contribution to this vision is the provision of legal services to vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians, and those who support them, which assist them to secure and protect their right to equitable social security entitlements.


The Principal Lawyer provides leadership and works collaboratively as part of a small but growing team in a state-wide, specialist community legal centre.

The Principal Lawyer oversees SSRV’s legal practice, undertakes legal casework, advocacy and representation services, and contributes to stakeholder engagement, community legal education and legal policy activities. As the most senior lawyer in the organisation, it is expected that the Principal Lawyer will take on more complex legal matters and lead strategic casework and advocacy.

The position reports to and works co-operatively with the SSRV Director.


  • At least 5 years post admission experience
  • Experience as a Principal Lawyer or Senior Lawyer and someone who holds, or is eligible to hold, a principal legal practising certificate
  • Executive/senior management experience
  • Experience in social security and/or administrative law and in providing representation in courts/tribunals
  • Experience in legal practice management, in meeting regulatory and risk management requirements and in supervising legal and paralegal work performed by others
  • Commitment to client-centred and holistic legal service delivery, using evidence from direct service delivery to inform systemic advocacy, and someone who values working collaboratively, flexibly and innovatively

For inquiries about the position please contact SSRV Director on (03) 9481 0299.

Please see attached position description.

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