Disability Advocate - Dubbo
(application close 25 February 2020)
- Start a rewarding career with Disability Advocacy NSW
- Kick start your legal career with all the benefits of regional living
- $70-$75,000 pa + salary packaging +super + extra annual leave
Join our current team of Disability Advocates to stand up for vulnerable people in our community.
Are you seeking an opportunity to build on your qualifications, learn new skills and work in the NSW Central West and Western region?
We are busy helping people with Disability Royal Commission support, NDIS Appeals and general advocacy support with a range of matters (e.g. legal, education, pensions, health, abuse, discrimination). We need a committed and professional person who will assist individuals with disability to ensure they are treated fairly. You will have support and guidance from a well-established team in Bathurst and work alongside colleagues from other services at the Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre.
Disability Advocacy NSW (DA) www.da.org.au is part of Advocacy Law Alliance Inc. www.advocacylaw.org.au . We are a not-for-profit service that believes people with a disability have the right to equality, fairness, and a good quality of life. DA provides high quality social advocacy to support people with a disability across regional NSW.
What we can offer you:
- Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services (SCHADS), Level 4.1 - 4.4 depending on qualifications and experience, to be negotiated with the successful candidate within the salary range.
- 38 hours per week, Monday to Friday.
- Additional paid leave (in addition to statutory annual leave) during Christmas / New Year office closure - 2 weeks.
- Salary packaging options i.e. tax free salary packaging can increase ‘take home’ pay.
- a work vehicle for travel within the region
- Collaborative team and leadership that will support you with your advocacy cases.
- Continuous skills training.
- Employment will be initially offered for a fixed term, 12-month contract from commencement with options for renewal by us.
- You must undertake a criminal history check prior to approval for employment.
- Individual Advocacy
- Advocating on clients’ behalf or supporting clients to advocate for themselves.
- Linking clients with other relevant services that can assist in the advocacy process (e.g. obtaining legal advice)
- Supporting clients to participate in formal dispute resolution settings (e.g. discrimination tribunals, courts, NCAT, NDIS Appeals at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Guardianship Tribunal etc.).
- Supporting clients to understand, access and interact with the Disability Royal Commission, including assistance with submissions.
- work to engage with clients who live in remote communities.
- Intake and Issue Assessment
- Interviewing clients who contact the service and ascertain in detail the issues they are experiencing.
- Establishing whether the client’s issue is within scope of services Disability Advocacy NSW provides.
- Analysing the information provided by the client or referrer and researching all pertinent areas before triaging the issue based on Disability Advocacy NSW’s service access criteria.
- When appropriate, providing information and support to the client so that they can undertake self-advocacy.
- Where advocacy is not appropriate, facilitating referral to a service who can better meet the needs of the client.
- Meeting regularly with the Regional Coordinator and Regional team to discuss individual cases.
- Relevant tertiary qualifications (examples only: law, legal studies, social work, psychology, social science, welfare studies, community services).
- Experience and skills relevant to advocating people from disadvantaged or vulnerable groups.
- Proven skills in the following areas: oral and written communication, research, problem solving and negotiation.
- Knowledge of key disability issues such as the NDIS and Disability Royal Commission.
- A current driver’s licence or other reasonable method of transport to attend client visits if required.(work vehicle supplied).
- Willingness to undertake significant road travel around the region to see clients and connect and engage with remote communities,
People with disability or from ATSI or CALD backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Have you got?
- A cover letter including contact details
- A document that addresses each of the selection criteria listed above (please include this with your cover letter or resume document for ease of submission via Seek)
- Current resume including and two current professional referees
Enquiries regarding the position can be directed to Mark Grierson via email@example.com