Salary Offering: $81,317.60 - $87,377.11 depending on experience plus Superannuation
17.5% Leave Loading
5 extra days leave on top of 20 days annual leave
Only required to work 35 hours per week, any extra hours worked will be calculated as your Time In Lieu (TOIL) – which you may use as additional leave hours
Access to company vehicles for any work-related trips
Salary packaging of up to $15,900+ per FBT available via Maxxia
Overview of the role
This is an exciting opportunity for a successful candidate to be part of the first Aboriginal community controlled mental health legal service in Victoria. The Practice was established on 1 July 2022 in response to the recommendation by the Mental Health Royal Commission in Victoria to increase legal representation at the Mental Health Tribunal.
The successful applicant can also expect to take carriage of coronial matters where mental health care and treatment is an issue, work closely with the VALS Community Justice Program team on the delivery of community legal education, with the VALS Policy team on mental health law reforms impacting on our clients and with the Lotjpa Legal Service to help clients who have experienced mistreatment in mental health service provision to tell their story to the Yoo-rrook Commission. The role holder will also strengthen and maintain relationships with key stakeholders to increase awareness of our service and ensure strong referral pathways. Key stakeholders include mental health services, Aboriginal Community Controlled health service providers, other legal services, and mental health advocates
Office Location: 273 High Street Preston, Vic, 3072
This role is full-time fixed term until 30th of June 2026
This position may require regional and very occasional interstate travel.
Working with the Mental Health Senior Lawyer to establish a new mental health legal service at VALS.
• Providing high quality, culturally safe and trauma informed legal services to clients.
• Be culturally sensitive and committed to ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander access to justice.
• Operate under the general direction of the PML, Civil and Human Rights.
• Be creative and innovative when engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in relation to community legal education.
KEY SELECTION CRETERIA
On offer of this position, you must provide:
Copy of your current Employee Working with Children Card.
You will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check.
Up to date vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption
Proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e., a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate, or Immigration VISA documentation
Current valid Australian Driver’s Licence
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for this opportunity, please provide:
A covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position.
A statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.
Please submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org the subject line: POSITION TITLE
*Only successful applications will be contacted*
We do not accept unsolicited resumes from employment agencies. No (search) fee will be paid in the event we hire a candidate whose resume is submitted by an employment agency to any of our employees without a valid written recruitment agreement. Such resumes shall be deemed the sole property of VALS.
VALS is made up of Victoria’s most committed legal advocates, professionals and support staff who work hard – with each other, our partners and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities - to advance Aboriginal self-determination and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Victoria of all ages.
We know that our people make the difference.
VALS is committed to diversity, equality and inclusion and we celebrate our staff team of diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTQIA+ communities and from diverse cultures, language groups, abilities, and experiences.
To learn more about us, head to https://www.vals.org.au/about-vals/
For more details about our other roles, check our careers website: https://www.vals.org.au/careers/