Principal Lawyer – Social Security Rights Victoria – Fitzroy VIC

Position: Principal Lawyer

Organisation: Social Security Rights Victoria

Location: Fitzroy VIC

Close date: 9:00am Monday 9 September 2019

How to apply: Applications, including:

  • a brief cover letter
  • resume
  • statement addressing the key selection criteria and
  • the details of at least two professional referees

may be submitted by email to or mailed to PO Box 4226, Fitzroy, Victoria, 3065.

Contact person: Gillian Wilks, Director, 03 9481 0299,

Brief description:

About SSRV

Social Security Rights Victoria (SSRV) is an independent, state-wide community legal centre specialising in social security and related law. Their vision is for a fair and just society in which all people are able to receive a guaranteed adequate income in order to enjoy a decent standard of living. SSRV’s contribution to this vision is the provision of legal services to vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians, and those who support them, which assist them to secure and protect their right to equitable social security entitlements.

About the Role

The Principal Lawyer oversees SSRV’s legal practice, undertakes legal casework, advocacy and representation services, and contributes to stakeholder engagement, community legal education and legal policy activities. As the most senior lawyer in the organisation, it is expected that the Principal Lawyer will take on more complex legal matters and lead strategic casework and advocacy.

The position reports to and works co-operatively with the SSRV Director. This is a 30.4 hour per week position, which is ongoing subject to funding. Applicants must be eligible to practice law in Victoria and hold an unrestricted/ Principal Lawyer practising certificate. Remuneration and conditions are per the Social Community Home Care and Disability Services Award (Community Development Worker, Level 7) and the Community Legal Centres Multi Business Agreement 2006-2009. An above award wage component, other above award conditions and salary packaging are available. The position is based in Fitzroy (Melbourne).

Please see the attached position description.