Lawyer – Family, Domestic Violence and Elder Law Practice

  • Classification: Level 5 (unrestricted practising certificate)
  • Remuneration: $88 761 plus super and attractive salary packaging options
  • Type: full-time contract until 30 June 2024 and with the possibility of extension
An opportunity to make a difference

Caxton Legal Centre provides legal assistance and social work supports to promote and protect the human rights of people who experience financial and other disadvantage. All our lawyers work within a human-rights practice framework alongside social workers and consider themselves human-rights practitioners as they apply their knowledge within particular areas of law alongside their use of the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) to help clients realise their rights. Caxton provides challenging work for lawyers passionate about social justice, and this is performed in a highly supportive environment to produce outcomes as a team.

Caxton is seeking a full-time lawyer to work in our Family, Domestic Violence and Elder Law Practice, particularly in the health justice partnership with World Wellness Group to provide general legal services to promote and protect the rights of older culturally and linguistically diverse people whose mental health conditions are acting as a barrier to accessing justice.

Key accountabilities
  • apply and strengthen existing knowledge of relevant areas of law to deliver legal advice, casework and duty lawyer services as directed by the Practice Director
  • work collaboratively with social workers to provide holistic, client-centered services to diverse clients within a human rights framework
  • deliver community education, engage in sector development and networking, contribute to law and policy reform
  • work with volunteers and students who are assisting to deliver the advice programs.
Essential requirements
  • demonstrated two years post-admission experience in the areas of family law and domestic violence
  • preferably two years post-admission experience in the areas of guardianship and administration, common law (equitable interests), credit and debt law
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • eligible for admission as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • current practising certificate (unrestricted)
  • evidence of current vaccination against COVID-19

For more information please refer to the position description.

If you are interested in this role, please send your resume and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and key accountabilities to vacancies@caxton.org.au no later than COB 6 February 2023.

Lawyer – Human Rights and Civil Law Practice

  • Classification: Level 4 (restricted practising certificate) or Level 5 (unrestricted practising certificate)
  • Remuneration: $74 183 to $88 761 plus super and attractive salary packaging options
  • Type: full-time contract until 30 June 2023 and with the possibility of extension
An opportunity to make a difference

Caxton Legal Centre provides legal assistance and social work supports to promote and protect the human rights of people who experience financial and other disadvantage. All our lawyers work within a human-rights practice framework alongside social workers and consider themselves human-rights practitioners as they apply their knowledge within particular areas of law alongside their use of the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) to help clients realise their rights. Caxton provides challenging work for lawyers passionate about social justice, and this is performed in a highly supportive environment to produce outcomes as a team.

Caxton is seeking a full-time lawyer to work in our Human Rights and Civil Law Practice. The successful applicant will be responsible for providing legal advice and casework within the Queensland Retirement Village and Park Advice Service (QRVPAS) and our consumer credit program. The role includes providing legal advice and casework assistance to individuals and groups of individuals who are residents in retirement villages and manufactured home parks, and who are in dispute with the owners or operators of their park or village.

The role also includes provision of community legal education to groups of residents and includes occasional overnight travel within Queensland. Other duties from time to time may include stakeholder engagement (attendance at meetings/forums), drafting of blog posts and case studies, working with pro bono firms and barristers, research and law reform work, and supervision of volunteers and students. Occasionally, duties may be undertaken outside of the QRPVAS and consumer credit program. Mentoring and supervision will be available.

Key accountabilities
  • apply and strengthen existing knowledge of relevant areas of law to deliver legal advice and casework as directed by the practice director and senior lawyer
  • work collaboratively with social workers to provide a holistic, client-centred service to diverse clients within a human rights framework
  • deliver community education, engage in sector development and networking, contribute to law and policy reform
  • accurately maintain records including electronic files and advice records, and time recording
Essential requirements
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • experience in a relevant area of civil law such as contracts or civil litigation and an ability to rapidly acquire knowledge of retirement village and manufactured home park laws, and consumer protection laws
  • eligible for admission as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • current or eligible for a Queensland practising certificate
  • current Queensland driver license

For more information please refer to the position description.

If you are interested in this role, please send your resume and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and key accountabilities to vacancies@caxton.org.au no later than COB 6 February 2023.

Student Internships – Stakeholder and Community Engagement

  • Designation: Communications and Community Engagement Team – Caxton Legal Centre Inc.
  • Duration: three or six-month project-based communications and community engagement work experience and internship options
  • Timeframe: October to December 2022 and October 2022 to March 2023 (with the opportunity to continue volunteering)
  • Hours: one to two days per week (Tuesdays and/or Thursdays)
  • Reporting to: Communications and Engagement Officer and Chief Operating Officer
An opportunity to make a difference

Caxton Legal Centre represents the interests of people who are disadvantaged or on a low income when they come into contact with the law. We do this by strategically advocating to government, providing legal advice and social work services, publishing legal information and building community awareness about the issues faced by the people we help.

We are seeking multiple student interns to provide project support to the wide-ranging communications and community engagement (CCE) portfolio to drive strategic communications and community engagement objectives. A background or experience in social media management, communications, community engagement, digital design and multimedia production would be desirable.

Student interns are expected to be enrolled in an undergraduate degree at a recognised Australian university, be highly motivated, resourceful, and have the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. The role would best be suited to a second or third-year marketing, business, design, communications and/or human services student. 

Key accountabilities
  • develop an individual project plan and set objectives that involve all relevant stakeholders and organisational goals, and ensure technical feasibility for sustained delivery of project outcomes 
  • develop a detailed project plan to track progress and attend regular supervision or mentoring sessions with the CCE officer and/or COO 
  • support and coordinate internal/external resources with clear communication between internal/external stakeholders. Identify future resource needs and provide briefs with evidence-based research to support your recommendations 
  • work closely with centre staff to ensure that the potential impact of any campaign/event is addressed at the planning stages so that clinical staff are available to manage increased demand 
  • assist in maintaining websites and utilise social media to develop opportunities for youth engagement and service promotion 
  • design documents and promotional material of a professional standard that comply with branding policy and are suitable for external communication to a variety of target audiences 
  • establish and maintain relationships with a wide range of stakeholder and community groups. Attend community program working groups and assist the development of community education resources through content, visual assets and/or instructional design supports 
  • create and maintain comprehensive project documentation

For more information please view the position description.

If you are interested in this role, please send your resume and a one-page cover letter addressing the selection criteria and explaining why you are interested in this role to chelsea.baker@caxton.org.au. When submitting your application via email, please use the subject line: [Your Surname], [Your First Name]: Caxton CCE Volunteer Application.

Student Internships – Graphic Design, Communications and Digital Production

  • Designation: Communications and Community Engagement Team – Caxton Legal Centre Inc.
  • Duration: three or six-month project-based communications and community engagement work experience and internship options 
  • Timeframe: October to December 2022 and October 2022 to March 2023 (with the opportunity to continue volunteering) 
  • Hours: one to two days per week (Tuesdays and/or Thursdays) 
  • Reporting to: Communications and Engagement Officer and Chief Operating Officer 
An opportunity to make a difference

Caxton Legal Centre represents the interests of people who are disadvantaged or on a low income when they come into contact with the law. We do this by strategically advocating to government, providing legal advice and social work services, publishing legal information and building community awareness about the issues faced by the people we help.

We are seeking multiple student interns to provide project support to the wide-ranging communications and community engagement (CCE) portfolio to drive strategic communications and community engagement objectives. A background or experience in social media management, communications, community engagement, digital design and multimedia production would be desirable. 

Student interns are expected to be enrolled in an undergraduate degree at a recognised Australian university, be highly motivated, resourceful, and have the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. The role would best be suited to a second or third-year marketing, business, design, communications and/or human services student.

Key accountabilities
  • develop an individual project plan and set objectives that involve all relevant stakeholders and organisational goals, and ensure technical feasibility for sustained delivery of project outcomes 
  • develop a detailed project plan to track progress and attend regular supervision or mentoring sessions with the CCE officer and/or COO 
  • support and coordinate internal/external resources with clear communication between internal/external stakeholders 
  • work with the CCE officer to identify future resource needs and provide briefs with evidence-based research to support your recommendations 
  • ensure that all projects are delivered on time and within scope and budget 
  • work with the CCE officer and COO to develop a visual asset bank to support Caxton’s strategic developments for the next 18 to 24 months 
  • develop ways to increase the availability of Caxton’s resources (via visual communication and digital production) 
  • follow safe working practices, WHS requirements and perform risk management to minimise project risks 
  • establish and maintain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and community groups 
  • attend community program working groups and assist the development of community education resources through content, visual asset and/or instructional design 
  • create and maintain comprehensive project documentation, confidentiality and professional workplace practices

For more information please view the position description.

If you are interested in this role, please send your resume and a one-page cover letter addressing the selection criteria and explaining why you are interested in this role to chelsea.baker@caxton.org.au. When submitting your application via email, please use the subject line: [Your Surname], [Your First Name]: Caxton CCE Volunteer Application.