Social Worker – Flood Recovery Program: Ref. FLOODSW1122

Location: Brisbane
Grade/Band: Level 5
Remuneration: $88 761 plus super and attractive salary packaging options
Type: full-time, fixed-term contract until June 2023

An opportunity to make a difference

Caxton Legal Centre represents the interests of people who are disadvantaged or low-income earners when they come into contact with the law.

The social worker is responsible for working with Queenslanders affected by the February 2022 floods who receive legal advice from Caxton and indicate an interest in social work follow up. These people may bring a wide variety of presenting issues and circumstances. Often they are experiencing extreme disadvantage. The short to medium-term social work intervention aims to help people to improve their wellbeing and quality of life through a focus on their needs and capabilities, access social justice and resources, and protection of their human rights.

Key accountabilities
  • provide social work services to clients in accordance with Caxton’s policies and practices and the Australian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics 2020
  • provide an effective intake, psychosocial assessment, safety planning, crisis response and capacity screening service for clients or prospective clients
  • assist clients to meet their safety and psychosocial needs by providing short-term counselling, access to services and support, advocacy, negotiation with relevant parties, limited court support and referrals (via phone, appointments at outreach locations, court, home visits and on-site at the centre as appropriate). In conjunction with the line manager and colleagues, ensure the caseload remains manageable
  • collaborate with relevant agencies and entities to provide information, problem solve and develop referral pathways for services to clients
  • where relevant, contribute social work perspectives to Caxton’s submissions for policy or law reform
  • provide high-quality written reports, records and/or collect data as required for evaluation and reporting requirements
Essential requirements
  • Bachelor of Social Work or other relevant qualification
  • eligible for AASW membership or equivalent professional body in Australia
  • substantial experience in the provision of social work services and independent case-load management.

The successful applicant will have the ability to work with clients with complex legal and social issues, and assist clients who may have an impairment or be culturally and linguistically diverse.

For more information please view 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 Damian Kelleher, COO, Caxton Legal at damian@caxton.org.au no later than COB 28 November 2022. When submitting your application, please use the subject line: [Your Surname], [Your First Name]: FLOODSW1122.

Lawyer – Family, Domestic Violence and Elder Law

Location: Brisbane
Grade/Band: Level 5
Remuneration: $88 761 plus super and attractive salary packaging options
Type: multiple full-time contracts until June 2024

An opportunity to make a difference

Caxton Legal Centre represents the interests of people who are disadvantaged or low-income earners when they come into contact with the Law.

Caxton is seeking a full-time lawyer to work in our Family, Domestic Violence and Elder Law Practice. The successful applicant will be responsible for providing legal advice and casework to clients in the areas of family law and domestic violence and/or elder law. Other duties may include providing domestic violence and family duty lawyer services including on circuits across South East Queensland from time to time, supervising volunteers including at night sessions and providing follow-up advice, providing advice to daytime clients, supervising student legal clinics (family law), working within an elder abuse health justice partnership across various hospitals, and supervising PLT students and secondees.

We have multiple positions available in both family/domestic violence and elder law, and are open to interviewing strong candidates who may have adjacent experience in one or both of these areas of law and wish to learn about and practise in these areas. The role may be focussed on family law with an opportunity to practise in elder law, or alternatively it may be focussed on elder law with an opportunity to practise in family law. 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
  • 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
Essential requirements
  • demonstrated experience in the relevant area of law
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • eligible for admission as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • current unrestricted practising certificate

The successful applicant will have the ability to work with clients with complex legal and social issues, and assist clients who may have an impairment or be culturally and linguistically diverse.

For more information please view 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 Damian Kelleher, COO, Caxton Legal at damian@caxton.org.au no later than COB 28 November 2022.

Administration and Paralegal Officer

  • Location: Brisbane
  • Grade/Band: Level 3
  • Remuneration: $67 654 pro rata plus super and attractive salary packaging options
  • Type: part-time contract; 14 and 17.5 hours per week (flexible hours) until 30 June 2023 with the possibility to extend to 2024 or 2025
An opportunity to make a difference

Caxton Legal Centre represents the interests of people who are disadvantaged or low-income earners when they come into contact with the law. Caxton is seeking an administration and paralegal officer to join our Human Rights and Civil Law Practice.

The administration and paralegal officer is a generalist administration and paralegal role that assists across all facets of the program including undertaking file administration and paralegal tasks, working with lawyers and social workers to support the delivery of legal, social work and community education activities to clients, data entry and record keeping, and various other tasks as may arise from time to time. This administrative work will help support lawyers and social workers assisting clients in the areas of employment, sexual harassment, human rights and anti-discrimination across state and federal jurisdictions.

We are able to offer a fixed-term contract to June 2023 with a view to extending this as funding continues and as operational need requires.

We are seeking to interview and appoint swiftly, and would encourage suitable and interested applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Key accountabilities
  • perform administrative tasks including processing client intake forms, conflict checking, entering data into the CLASS system, filing and photocopying
  • provide basic paralegal and community education support including photocopying and compiling, assisting with preparing community legal education resources, filing court documents, filing on client files, collating files in preparation for advice sessions and other paralegal tasks as requested by the lawyers and social workers
  • work within the broader Human Rights and Civil Law team to provide support as required
Essential requirements
  • a high level of computer literacy and competency in major administration software packages such as Microsoft (Outlook, Excel, Word), SharePoint and CLASS
  • excellent organisational and time-management skills and the ability to multi-task and meet relevant deadlines
  • ability to ‘think on your feet’ and work independently in the absence of specific instruction
  • ability to appropriately deal with sensitive and highly confidential information with a high level of tact, discretion and judgement
  • strong communication skills, particularly in obtaining information from clients

The successful applicant will have the ability to work with clients with complex legal and social issues and who may have an impairment or be culturally or linguistically diverse.

Current law students are particularly encouraged to apply. Prior experience in community legal practice will be highly regarded. The ability to start immediately will also be highly regarded.

For more information, please view 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 9 am on 28 November 2022. When submitting your application, please use the subject line: [Your Surname], [Your First Name]: Paralegal Nov 22.

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.