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Communications Advisor - Your Story Disability Legal Support - Sydney CBD - Targeted Position To People With Disability

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  • Targeted Position to People with Disability
  • Make a difference to vulnerable communities
  • Excellent remuneration package


Legal Aid NSW is the largest legal aid agency in Australia, comprising of a Central Sydney office and 25 regional offices in metropolitan and regional centres across NSW and a number of specialist services and advice clinics. Working at Legal Aid NSW provides the opportunity to support people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women and children, Indigenous people and people with mental illness who may experience difficulties when enforcing and defending their rights.


Your Story Disability Legal Support (Your Story) supports people to engage with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Royal Commission). It provides legal support, advice, information and assistance to people with disability, their families, carers, supporters and advocates wanting to engage with the Royal Commission. It is an independent, trauma-informed and culturally safe service delivered nationally using best practice standards and a human rights approach. The service is a joint initiative of National Legal Aid and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service. Your Story collaborates and consults with key stakeholders including peak organisations representing people with disability.

Your Story Disability Legal Service (National Legal Aid) is a project of National Legal Aid (NLA) and is established based on a consortium of Legal Aid Commissions in all States and Territories. It incorporates a central coordinating team and legal support team, both of which are based in Legal Aid NSW; and a National Infoline based in Legal Aid Queensland and a solicitor in each Legal Aid Commission in each state and territory. A Your Story social worker works alongside the legal team to address the social and support needs of clients.


This position is targeted to people with disability and the position holder will regularly work with the disability sector and community.

This position holder will provide communication support to Your Story Disability Legal Support primarily through internal and external communication initiatives to enable Your Story to achieve its objectives. The position holder will develop and implement a communications strategy to raise awareness about Your Story Disability Legal Support and to promote safe, informed and independent engagement with the Disability Royal Commission.

In particular, the position holder will be responsible for:

  • Developing and supporting national and local media strategies (including social media),
  • Developing effective relationships with media counterparts across the disability and justice sectors,
  • Producing media content that is accessible to people with disability,
  • Initiating and monitoring social media.

People with disability are encouraged to apply.


We are looking for a communications advisor that is experienced in providing communications support to a service working with vulnerable clients in a complex setting, and ideally in the disability sector. You will have a minimum of 2 years professional experience as a journalist and or in public relations. You are proficient at writing communications that are clear, concise and grammatically correct.


  • Willingness to undertake a Criminal Record Check and/or working with Children Check.
  • Hold Australian or NZ citizenship, Australian Permanent Resident or hold a valid working visa.
  • At least 2 years’ professional experience as a journalist and/or in public relations.
  • An understanding of the legal system and of the role and services of Legal Aid NSW.
  • Ability to provide written materials which are clear, concise and grammatically correct.

How to Apply

Applications MUST be submitted online through www.iworkfor.nsw.gov.au to be considered. No late applications will be accepted.

Applicants should read the Role Description and consider the Focus Capabilities and Key Accountabilities when preparing their resume and cover letter.

Applicants are requested to attach:

  • Current resume / curriculum vitae (CV) (maximum 5 pages)
  • Cover letter (maximum 2 pages) responding to the following two questions:
    • What issues impacting people with disability do services such as Your Story Disability Legal Support need to consider in their communications strategies to support or promote engagement with services or inquiries like the Royal Commission?
    • Reflecting on your experience working in a deadline-driven editorial setting, what strategies, skills or experience did you rely on to ensure you delivered content of a high technical standard that was accessible to a diverse range of people?

This recruitment will be used to fill any current vacancies and may be used to create a Talent Pool for similar future temporary or ongoing vacancies that may arise over the next 18 months.

The selection process will include a range of comparative assessment techniques to assist in determining capability and suitability for the role.


Legal Aid NSW welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds, including people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the LGBTI community, culturally diverse people and other diverse communities.

Legal Aid NSW provides dignified access to accommodate the diverse needs of our community. We acknowledge and support the access needs of people with visible and invisible disabilities, as such all of our offices are accessible.

If you require a reasonable adjustment in order to participate in the recruitment process, or you are looking for general information about our reasonable adjustment process, please contact our team via email, and advise your preferred method of communication: erecruitment@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

Legal Aid NSW is committed to increasing diversity in its workforce to ensure the organisation is reflective of our client base. This is a targeted role in accordance with GSE Rule 26: Employment of eligible persons. People with disability are encouraged to apply. Please note: a role advertised as targeted does not preclude people without disability from applying.


  • Temporary Opportunity (35HPW) at Central Sydney up to 30 June 2022
  • Enquiries: Susannah O’Reilly on 02 9219 5996 Email: Susannah.O’Reilly@legalaid.nsw.gov.au, using the subject line: Communications Advisor - Your Story Disability Legal Support - Sydney CBD - Targeted Position To People With Disability enquiry via EthicalJobs.
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  • Salary Range $111,077 - $122,404 plus superannuation & leave loading
  • Jobs Board Ref No. 0000880F

To ensure recruitment at Legal Aid NSW continues without interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual methods may be used for interviews and assessments. This may include interviews conducted by video, telephone interviewing, Microsoft Teams meetings and online assessments.

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