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Community Lawyer

Seniors Rights Victoria at COTA (VIC)
  • St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004
  • Not-for-Profit, Community Legal Centres
  • Attractive salary + super + salary packaging, Part-Time 0.8EFT, Reporting to the Managing and Principal Lawyer
  • As per SCHADS Level 5

Seniors Rights Victoria leads in addressing elder abuse in Victoria. Our work reflects a strong rights approach.


Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV) provides leadership across Victoria by using its expertise gained over 10 years to help prevent and respond to older people experiencing abuse. As a Community Lawyer you will part of a small team assisting older people who have experienced elder abuse by providing advice, casework, referral and advocacy as required. You will work alongside the Advocacy team to deliver an integrated service to older people experiencing abuse.

Depending upon your experience and the demand on the service, there may also be a role in providing community legal education sessions aimed at the prevention of elder abuse, and contributing to responses to policy initiatives in the sector. SRV is a program of COTA Victoria.


  • Provide high quality legal advice and information on elder abuse issues to clients (face to face and by telephone, in the SRV office and at outreach locations) in accordance with SRV guidelines, and COTA Victoria policies and procedures.
  • Undertake legal casework for clients in areas of the law relating to elder abuse under the supervision of the Principal Lawyer and in accordance with SRV guidelines and COTA Victoria policies and procedures.
  • Represent clients where required and appropriate in family violence and other civil matters relating to property, guardianship, administration and powers of attorney.
  • Prepare briefs to Counsel and instruct Counsel on a broad range of matters relating to elder abuse
  • Provide secondary consultation, legal information and advice to community workers or lawyers about options and legal remedies for their clients who may be experiencing elder abuse.
  • Provide information to family and community members on elder abuse issues in accordance with service guidelines.
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of legal and community education programs and materials or publications to raise awareness and promote prevention of elder abuse.
  • Contribute to systemic advocacy, law reform and other projects in collaboration with key partners and stakeholders.
  • Fulfil organisational responsibilities:
    • Record client data and produce case notes and legal advice records as required in timely manner;
    • Collaborate with Advocacy team to deliver an integrated service;
    • Participate in team meetings and supervision, and in appropriate professional development and training;
    • Collaborate with other COTA Victoria teams and staff as required.
  • Any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.



  • Admitted to practice as an Australian Lawyer and the holder (or be eligible to hold) a current practicing certificate in Victoria under the Legal Profession Uniform Law


  • At least two years’ post-admission case work experience, preferably with experience in elder law or related areas (intervention orders, property law, Powers of Attorney, guardianship etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability to represent clients in relevant courts and tribunals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice law, and interest in the prevention of elder abuse.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to deliver professional and community education.
  • Strong information technology skills, including ability to produce and manage documentation and files electronically, and learn new systems as required.

Applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

A Position Description is attached below.

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