CLASSIFICATION LEVEL Level 7 /8 SACS Award, depending on skills and
experiences 91,459 104,348 pro rata
Officer /Deputy PLO
t erm c ontract to 30/06/20 23 , with potential
HOURS Full time or part time , with flexible working options
ABOUT WOMEN’S LEGAL SERVICE WA
Women’s Legal Service WA is a not-for-profit gender-specific specialist community legal centre funded to provide free legal services for women in Western Australia. We provide trauma-informed legal assistance in the areas of family and domestic violence, family law, child protection and compensation for criminal injuries matters.
WLSWA also seeks to promote women’s human rights, redress inequalities experienced by women and to foster legal and social change through strategic legal services, community development, community legal education and law and policy reform work.
WLSWA leadership comprise a Chief Executive Officer Principal Legal Officer , Deputy PLO
and Finance and Operations Manager Solicitors are part of the legal team, reporting to the PLO.
Solicitors provide information, advice, referral, advocacy, community legal education and
limited court representation to women in Western Australia in need of legal support and who
meet WLSWA eligibility criteria. C asework i nclude s all areas of our servic e family law
(children’s issues), child support, care and protection matters, family and domestic violence and
criminal injuries compensation. Unrestricted solicitors generally work unsupervised on a day
to day basis. Based in the Perth office, solicitor s may be required to undertake some travel
around regional WA on an as needs basis.
Provide legal information, advice, casework (including Court representation) in Western Australia primarily in the area of family law, protection and care, family and domestic violence, and criminal injuries compensation.
Manage the provision of legal services to clients, including assistance with communications, meetings and negotiations, and case file management to the highest standard.
Provide the above assistance to clients at outreach locations as directed.
Attend regular meetings with the casework staff employed by WLSWA to monitor the provision of legal services.
Ensure all statutory requirements of legal practice are met.
Assist with the development and presentation of WLSWA community legal education activities.
Assist with the research, production, maintenance and evaluation of resources required for community legal education.
Remain abreast of current trends and practices in the legal system and sector, and broader issues impacting women.
Work in collaboration with relevant agencies to ensure coordinated and integrated service delivery to clients.
Assist in the establishment and continuation of wider networks and referral pathways to achieve effective service delivery for clients.
Participate and represent WLSWA in relevant networks and forums as directed.
Ensure compliance with the Policies and Procedures of WLSWA.
Provide regular service updates and case studies to the Principal Legal Officer, for inclusion in Board and other reports.
Assist with the writing and editing of texts for publication as needed.
Undertake professional development in line with continuing professional development requirements.
In consultation with the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Legal Officer participate in raising awareness about law reform issues.
Assist with the preparation of submissions to government and stakeholders with respect to legal policy and law reform about women facing disadvantage, as directed.
Always maintain a collaborative teamwork approach.
Qualifications, knowledge and experience
Degree in Law or equivalent with minimum of two years post admission experience (exemption for restricted practitioners).
Admitted or eligible for admission in the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
Current or eligibility to hold an unrestricted practicing certificate (exemption for restricted practitioners).
Post admission experience in, or knowledge of the main casework areas of WLSWA, including family law, family and domestic violence, protection and care, and criminal injuries compensation.
Understanding of the social and economic context adversely impacting women, including gender inequality, homelessness, and poverty.
Advocacy, skills and experience representing clients in the courts.
Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
Ability to organise a daily workload by priorities, and to organise a daily workload by priorities, and meet deadlines in a fast paced, quickly changing environment.
Ability to travel when required to deliver services to clients and the community.
Excellent problem-solving skills with capacity for proactive thinking and independent work.
Ability to work constructively and collaboratively in a team environment, and actively participate in all WLSWA activities.
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders.
Value driven professional with high levels of enthusiasm, integrity and ethics.
Demonstrated commitment to social justice and other WLSWA values.
Demonstrated competence using Microsoft Word and Outlook.
Current National Police Clearance.
Experience in working with women facing disadvantage, including demonstrated ability to work with, and have an understanding of, the cultural and safety needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Experience in coordinating or presenting community legal education.
Current Working with Children Check.
Current ‘C’ Class WA Driver’s Licence.