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Citizens Advice Bureau of WA (Inc.)

THE ORGANISATION

Citizens Advice Bureau of WA Inc (“CAB”) is a not-for-profit agency that has been operating in Western Australia since 1963.  Our core function is as an information and referral agency, however we also provide low cost legal and mediation services. We also provide a number of other services to the public in conjunction with other likeminded agencies. These include JP services and signing centres, Tax Help, NILS and criminal injuries compensation assistance. We’re able to operate due to the generous support of recurrent funding from the Department of Communities, the Department of Justice and the Public Purpose Trust.  We also charge a small fee for some services and this allows us to be sustainable and grow in areas of need for the community. It also means we will help anyone who needs us. Last financial year, despite the complications associated with COVID, we still provided services to nearly 60,000 members of the community and as a result of the great work we do, were awarded the Attorney General’s Community Service Award. 

Our information and referral service has been operating for over fifty years and assists members of the community by providing information and referral on many and varied issues. This service is offered in all our branches and is our core business. 

Our legal service offers initial legal advice and can also assist clients with the drafting of some court documents. A nominal fee is charged for these services.  We don’t offer court representation and don’t act for, or represent, clients in any contested matters.  We have a team of staff lawyers who are assisted by paralegals. We’re also fortunate to have a dedicated team of pro-bono lawyers who offer initial legal advice to our clients in their specialised areas of law.

Our mediation service offers alternative dispute resolution in a number of areas including community and neighbourhood disputes and Family Court matters.  CAB is a registered Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body (RMAB) and has a panel of Family Dispute Practitioners and accredited mediators who provide their service to CAB pro bono. There is a small fee charged for our mediation service.

We have 10 metropolitan and regional branches, including our administrative head office in Perth.  We currently have 11 salaried staff as well as a dedicated and professional team of around 250 volunteers working in Perth and in our branches.

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR

CAB is seeking a solicitor who holds an unrestricted practising certificate issued by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia.  Ideally we are looking for someone with two to five years post admission experience in a similar role but will happily consider sound applicants with less experience.

You should be able to provide extensive legal advice in a broad range of general law matters but with a focus on family law (including property) and estate / inheritance matters, including letters of administration, wills, EPAs and EPGs. 

You need to be well organised with strong administrative skills and the ability to communicate on all levels so as to provide a great service to our diverse client base.  You would also be committed to social justice, enjoy working as part of a team of dedicated professionals and want to make a difference in the lives of the clients who attend CAB.

While this position is primarily based in the Perth office, CAB has nine other branches and the successful candidate will be required to provide some outreach services.

WHAT WE CAN OFFER

CAB offers the opportunity to work in a busy, highly respected organisation that provides a range of services for diverse clientele.  All conditions of employment are under the Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award 2010 (SCHADS) and a fabulous benefit is that CAB provides additional paid (shutdown) leave between Christmas and New Year.

CAB has a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that is available to all staff and additional insurance to cover you from home, to work and back. Just in case.

CAB has a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that is available to all staff.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

The position is in the Level 6 band of the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award 2010 (SCHADS).  SCHADS provides for a six month probationary period.

If you are successful we’ll need a Police clearance issued within the past three months.

HOW TO APPLY

If you have any questions regarding the role please contact Mrs Selva Stenross on 9325 4217 or at solicitor@cabwa.com.au using the subject line: Solicitor enquiry via EthicalJobs or Ms Kathryn Lawrence at ceo@cabwa.com.au (please do not send applications to this email address).

Sorry but no late applications will be accepted.

We will be interviewing the week commencing Monday the 16th of August 2021 and hope to have the selection process completed by Friday the 27th of August 2021.

A position description is attached.

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