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Disability Advocate - Individual Advocacy

Midlas
  • Work Type/s: Full Time, fixed term for 12 months with possible extension
  • Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
  • SCHADS Award Level 4: $82,038 to 88,286 per annum plus 11% superannuation and salary sacrificing

The Midland Information Debt and Legal Advocacy Service (Midlas) is a not-for-profit Community Legal Centre with offices in Midland and Ellenbrook that supports eligible clients in the north east Perth region with legal services, disability advocacy, financial counselling, tenancy advocacy, community outreach support and information and referrals.

About You

The Disability Advocate will provide advocacy assistance to people with disabilities to represent their own views, needs and expectations to disability service providers, mainstream service providers, government departments, statutory authorities, courts and other bodies as required.

About the role

They will be responsible for directly advising, assisting and supporting clients with advocacy support around issues including:

  • Understanding disability rights and responsibilities
  • Resolving issues about government benefits, payments, pensions and support services
  • Access to services/supports that meet their needs and choices
  • Supported to participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives
  • Ensuring people with disabilities are treated justly and fairly

This position is part of a team approach to deliver advocacy services in line with government funded programs with key deliverables and targets.

This is a rewarding opportunity for experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team and work closely with the Midlas team to make a positive difference in our communities.

Benefits

  • Competitive remuneration 
  • Salary packaging tax benefits specific to not-for-profit organisations
  • Flexible workplace culture
  • Strong values-based and for-purpose organisation
  • Growing organisation with great career opportunities
  • Work in a caring & collaborative team environment with people who are passionate about delivering quality services that support community
  • Employee Assistance Program 

Required Education  /Licences / Certificates

  • Qualifications and/or demonstrated experience in disability, community services or relevant field(s).
  • Possession of a current unrestricted driver’s license, comprehensive insurance for business use and reliable vehicle
  • Current (less than 3 months old) pre-employment satisfactory national criminal history certificate and ongoing renewal every 2 years at employee’s expense.
  • Possession of Working with Children Check
  • NDIS Worker Screening Check
  • COVID-19 vaccination certificate

Relevant Experience, Skills / Knowledge & Personal Attributes

  • Demonstrated experience in providing advocacy and an understanding of the disability sector in Australia and the disability models funded by the National Disability Advocacy Program
  • Demonstrated experience in providing advocacy for vulnerable people including people with disabilities
  • Demonstrated understanding of the disability sector in Australia including the NDIS
  • Knowledge of the disability sector, an ability to interpret issues for people with disability and their supports and the ability to work within the frameworks of the NDIS
  • Knowledge of the issues relevant to people living with various disabilities or disadvantaged/vulnerable groups and operating within a social justice framework and the support systems designed to address these needs
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimum supervision and to be self-motivated, as well as an ability to work well in a team
  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong computer literacy including the ability to learn new systems and platforms
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office and client database management systems
  • Ability to travel throughout the Perth metropolitan area

How to apply for this job

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  • Provide your updated and current CV
  • Provide a Cover Letter addressing the selection criteria
  • Short listing will commence immediately and we reserve the right to close the position without notice.

Important

Applications that fail to address all of the above will not be considered.

Previous applicants need not re-apply.

Short listing will commence immediately and we reserve the right to close the position without notice.

Before an offer of employment can be made, an NDIS Screening Check, Working with Children Check, National Police Clearance of not older than 3 months and current unrestricted driver's license must be submitted.

Only suitable candidates will be contacted if short listed.

For further information please contact [email protected] using the subject line: Disability Advocate - Individual Advocacy enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Unsolicited resumes and contact from recruitment agencies will not be accepted.

We welcome people with diverse skills, experiences, perspectives and backgrounds and encourage applications from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples, and individuals who may identify as LGBTIQ, with disability, a culturally and linguistically diverse background and people of all ages. We are committed to providing a safe environment for all children and vulnerable people and proactively take measures to protect children/vulnerable people.

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