Support Worker (Paralegal) – Full Time ongoing, Abbotsford
The Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service (AFVLS) is a program of Djirra. AFVLS provides legal and non-legal assistance and facilitates access to justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have experienced family violence or sexual assault.
AFVLS operates a culturally safe, trauma informed, holistic and intensive client service model. Clients are assisted by Lawyers and Paralegal Support Workers to access a variety of legal, social, psychological, cultural, health and other support services to address their complex needs and issues.
Djirra is committed to Child Safety and as part of our screening requirements all staff must have (or are able to obtain) a Working With Childrens Check and a National Police Check. An International Police Check may also be required. You must also be able to demonstrate an understanding of Child Safety.
- Work collaboratively with the Lawyer to ensure clients are supported to address their various and complex legal and support needs.
- Develop and maintain relationships with a broad range of stakeholders including Aboriginal cooperatives, Aboriginal Health Services, family and children’s services to name a few
- Provide support at court and tribunal hearings
- Assist with applications for intervention orders
- Meet with local Aboriginal organisations and service providers to establish working relationships
- Participate in our community legal education activities
- Undertake legal administration tasks, including reception duties, client intake, and assisting with day-to-day management of client files
- Provide general office duties.
While you are not required to have a legal background, you will gain an understanding of legal processes through your work with the legal team.
This position is ongoing and based at our Abbotsford office. A current drivers licence will be essential for this role.
We’re looking for someone who:
- Has had experience or the capacity to gain experience in the provision of case management/support in the area of family violence/sexual assault or other crisis response, including knowledge of relevant service providers.
- Is proficient in MS Office products and other computer packages/databases.eg (CLASS)
- Ability to prioritise and meeting competing demands with conflicting and critical deadlines
- Able to prepare clear, concise and well-presented written material
- Has the ability to effectively communicate and work with local Aboriginal communities and has knowledge of social justice issues within Aboriginal communities
- Has the demonstrated capacity to communicate emphatically and effectively with Aboriginal people and/or others who have experienced trauma
- Office is conveniently located near public transport, ample parking and nearby some great coffee shops
- Cultural Awareness training and ongoing support provided by our dedicated Cultural Advisor
- Access to Employee Assistance Program with supportive, confidential counselling available
- Generous salary packaging options available including Meals and Entertainment
How to apply
Only applications received via the website will be considered. Applications must include a CV and covering letter and all applicants must answer the questions at the bottom of the application form.
If you would like to know more about the role or about the work we do, please email Teresa Kyprianou, Human Resources Advisor via email [email protected]
Applications for this position will close upon appointment of the successful candidate.
We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants to apply.