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Guardians - Office of the Public Advocate

Department of Justice
  • Position Number: Pool Ref 021488
  • Division: Office of the Public Advocate
  • Work Type: Permanent, Fixed Term. Full Time
  • Salary: Level 5, $90,047 - $98,994 pa + Super (PS CSA 2021)

About us

When you join the Department of Justice, you become part of a people-focused organisation working hard to make our community a fairer and safer place to live. We offer many different employment opportunities in locations around Western Australia. You will have a chance to make a real difference to your local communities and to the lives of those you work with.

About the role

At the Office of the Public Advocate, Guardians make personal and lifestyle decisions on behalf of represented persons, who have decision-making disabilities, such as an intellectual disability, mental health condition, dementia or acquired brain injury. Guardians also attend hearings at the State Administrative Tribunal to advocate on their behalf.

As a Guardian you will need to be available for country travel, have a current motor vehicle driver’s licence and participate in an after-hours On Call Guardian roster. Due to current regulations for aged care facilities, successful applicants are encouraged to have, or be prepared to have, an influenza vaccination.

Eligibility to Apply

A tertiary qualification in social or behavioural sciences or related fields and/or equivalent experience is essential.

About you

As a guardian you will need to demonstrate an ability to work with delegated responsibility in situations which demand personal resilience, initiative and independence. You will need to possess well developed analytical, research and problem-solving skills with the ability to make significant decisions. High level communication skills are required, including report writing, good oral communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills and the ability to engage and work with people in situations of conflict. You will also need to demonstrated expertise and established networks related to community-based services for people with decision-making disabilities.

All employees are required to undergo employment screening, which includes a National Criminal History Check and other checks that may be relevant to the position requirements. 

COVID-19 Advice

Applicants are advised of the recently announced mandatory vaccination policy for various occupations and workforces in WA.  This will be introduced in a phased approach, more information can be found at: Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for WA workforces.

Pool Recruitment 

This pool will be open for a period of 12 months from the day after the breach of standard claim period closes. Permanent, fixed term, full time appointments may be offered as vacancies arise, however an appointment is not guaranteed. 

The Department of Justice uses recruitment pools to build a bank of talent for future opportunities. Applicants found suitable in this pool, may be considered for subsequent, similar vacancies at similar locations, with the Department of Justice for the duration of the pool. 

Candidate Search

If required we may choose to supplement the field of applications by conducting a Candidate Search.

Equity and Diversity

The Department of Justice is committed in building a workplace culture that values diversity and inclusion. We actively promote the employment of Aboriginal Australians, people with disability, youth, and other diversity groups. People with disability will be provided with reasonable adjustments in our recruitment processes and in the workplace.

Aboriginal job seekers may contact the Aboriginal Workforce Development Team on aboriginalworkforcedevelopment@justice.wa.gov.au using the subject line: Guardian Pool - Office of the Public Advocate enquiry via EthicalJobs or call (08) 9264 1700 for culturally appropriate application advice. 

Applicants with disability requiring adjustment or accessibility requirements at any stage of the selection process can contact the hiring manager as listed under the ‘Further Information’ section or contact WorkforceDiversity@justice.wa.gov.au using the subject line: Guardian Pool - Office of the Public Advocate enquiry via EthicalJobs or call (08) 9264 1700 to for a confidential discussion. 

As a measure to achieve equality, Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 applies to this position. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

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