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Advocate, Independent Family Advocacy Support (VLA3)

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Job Ref:  VG/1928AND1929
Employer:  Department of Health and Human Services (VIC)
Job Type:  Full Time
Melbourne VIC, Australia (Show on map)
Salary and Benefits:  $66,171 - $85,630

Two non-legal advocacy opportunities as part of an exciting Independent Family Advocacy Support pilot. One position located in Bendigo and one will cover the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne.

  • Full time maximum term contract (3 years)
  • 1 position based in Bendigo, 

     1 position covering the Northern Suburbs Melbourne
  • Salary commensurate with experience, range: $66,171 - $85,630 p/a plus superannuation
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging

About the role:
The Advocates will provide high quality non-legal advocacy services to families involved in the child protection system. The role involves providing information about people's rights and the system, supporting them to enact those rights using self-advocacy strategies, referring to legal and non-legal services and providing advocacy. The focus will be assisting families prior to the commencement of legal proceedings.

About you:
You will have extensive knowledge and experience of the child protection jurisdiction with an understanding of the challenges impacting Victorians when accessing the child protection system and support services. You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and employ these alongside your understanding of the child protection sector to advocate on behalf of your clients and ensure that they have the knowledge and tools available to navigate the system.

About the Independent Family Advocacy Support Pilot:
The Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review identified the need for early support for families involved in the child protection system. Victoria Legal Aid's existing Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) service provides strong evidence of the benefits of independent advocacy services. Building on the strengths of the IMHA service, the Independent Family Advocacy Support Service will provide non-legal advocacy services to families in the child protection system. The service is a 3-year pilot and will prioritise working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and parents with an intellectual disability. The Advocates will work with a team of Advocates including a Senior Advocate and the IMHA Manager.

Employee benefits:
We offer attractive employment benefits including salary packaging (making part of your salary tax-free and increasing take-home pay), flexible working arrangements, family friendly policies and opportunities for professional development. The work is both challenging and rewarding and our staff are supported by experienced and capable managers as well as a range of internal departments and programs committed to staff safety and development. VLA has a friendly and inclusive culture of people working to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged Victorians.

How to apply:
Submit a current resume and completed Candidate Application Form addressing the specified key selection criteria. Separate responses to all of the key selection criteria outlined in the position description are not required. You must complete the candidate application form to be considered for this role. You will be asked to select the location of the role you are applying for on the Candidate Application Form.

For further information review the attached position description or contact Laura Cremen, Project Manager on (03) 9093 3701.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply

Closing date for applications: 11.59pm Sunday 15 July 2018

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