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Senior Solicitor, Energy, Strategic Litigation 

Social Worker, Women’s Homelessness Prevention Service

Senior Policy Officer/Policy Officer, Energy + Water

Practical Legal Training Placements

 

Criminal Solicitor, Women’s Homelessness Prevention Service

  • Improve outcomes for women charged with criminal offences
  • Join a team providing specialist holistic legal, and non-legal support
  • Full time, 18-month contract initially

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre is a leading social justice law and policy centre. We build a fairer, stronger society by helping to change laws, policies and practices that cause injustice and inequality.

PIAC offers a dynamic workplace where wellbeing is promoted, and flexibility supported.

The Women’s Homelessness Prevention Service (WHPS) is a new service as part of PIAC’s Homeless Persons’ Legal Service (HPLS), providing specialist, holistic support including both legal and non-legal assistance to women including trans and gender diverse women. It particularly seeks to reach victim-survivors of domestic and family violence who:

  • are at risk of being evicted, homeless, and/or facing other barriers to accessing and maintaining safe and stable housing and/or
  • have been policed or charged with criminal offences.

You will advise and represent women charged with criminal offences, particularly women who are victim / survivors of domestic and family violence or sexual assault. Additionally, you will:

  • provide advice to HPLS legal clinic lawyers in criminal matters
  • develop legal and policy responses to systemic issues for women experiencing homelessness
  • contribute to submissions, reports, and media releases to communicate PIAC’s policy positions

You are a criminal solicitor, eligible for a practicing certificate in NSW, with an awareness of legal issues and barriers facing victims of domestic and family violence or sexual assault and/or who are experiencing homelessness. Additionally, you have capacity to:

  • identify best practice and innovative legal strategies for achieving better outcomes for women before the criminal legal system
  • provide accurate and appropriate legal assistance and to manage relationships with clients
  • conduct outreach in the community, including in non-legal settings

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. 

If you can protect and promote the human rights of women who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness and who are in contact with the criminal legal system, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the knowledge, skills and experience section included in the position description.

Inquiries should be directed to Kira Levin, Managing Solicitor, HPLS via [email protected]

Please send your application to [email protected], including Criminal Solicitor WHPS in the subject field.  Please note there is no application close date, and we invite you to apply as soon as possible. 

Senior Solicitor, Energy, Strategic Litigation 

  • Help drive the rapid and just transition to a zero-carbon energy system
  • Deliver strategic, consumer-led legal and regulatory interventions
  • Be part of a leading team of policy and legal change-makers

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre is a leading social justice law and policy centre. We build a fairer, stronger society by helping to change laws, policies and practices that cause injustice and inequality.

  • We offer a dynamic workplace where wellbeing is promoted
  • This role is offered full time, on a fixed term 24-month contract
  • Flexible working is supported, and salary packaging is available

PIAC develops legal and policy responses to climate change to mitigate its disproportionate effect on groups already experiencing disadvantage and help ensure Australia’s regulatory framework and policy settings deliver a just and fair transition to a zero- carbon energy system and society.

Our Energy and Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program (EWCAP) works for better regulatory and policy outcomes, so people’s needs are met by clean, resilient, and efficient energy and water systems.

Reporting to the Principal Solicitor, you will work with PIAC’s strategic litigation practice and EWCAP to undertake public interest litigation, providing advice and leading strategic legal actions, and contributing to policy development to effect systemic change. Additionally, you will:

  • engage and collaborate with advocacy partners to identify opportunities for legal intervention
  • identify and contribute to innovative legal strategies for achieving public interest outcomes
  • develop and lead projects and supervise junior solicitors, interns, and paralegal staff

You are eligible for a practicing certificate in NSW, are experienced in legal practice relevant to climate change and/or energy law, with sound legal casework skills, including in litigation, and a demonstrated ability to undertake high quality legal research and analysis. Additionally, you have:

  • worked with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • leadership skills and experience supervising other members of a legal team
  • excellent writing skills and an ability to build networks and partnerships

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. 

If you would like to support a rapid and just transition to a zero-carbon energy system that does not create or deepen disadvantage, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the knowledge, skills and experience section included in the position description.

Inquiries should be directed to Michelle Cohen, Principal Solicitor via [email protected]  

Please send your application to [email protected], including Senior Solicitor, Energy in the subject field.  Please note there is no application close date, and we invite you to apply as soon as possible. 

Social Worker, Women’s Homelessness Prevention Service

  • Support clients to achieve better outcomes through holistic service delivery
  • WHPS provides specialist legal, and non-legal support for women
  • 3 days per week, 12-month fixed term contract initially

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre is a leading social justice law and policy centre. We build a fairer, stronger society by helping to change laws, policies and practices that cause injustice and inequality.

  • We offer a dynamic workplace where wellbeing is promoted
  • Flexible working is supported, choose your days
  • Salary packaging can be accessed

The Women’s Homelessness Prevention Service (WHPS) is a new service as part of PIAC’s Homeless Persons’ Legal Service (HPLS), providing specialist, holistic support including both legal and non-legal assistance to women. It particularly seeks to reach victim-survivors of domestic and family violence who:

  • are at risk of being evicted, homeless, and/or facing other barriers to accessing and maintaining safe and stable housing and/or
  • have been policed or charged with criminal offences.

You will support clients to achieve better outcomes, providing direct client support, face to face and over the phone. This will include facilitated referrals, assisting with non-legal issues and:

  • working with clients to identify their needs and goals and developing plans to address these
  • liaising with lawyers and justice services staff and support clients to navigate legal systems
  • contributing to resource development, educational activities, advocacy, and law reform activities

You are a social worker, experienced in trauma-informed service delivery, with a background supporting victim/survivors of domestic and family violence or sexual assault and/or with homelessness and housing service consumers. Additionally, you can:

  • work collaboratively and cooperatively to achieve outcomes for clients
  • easily establish rapport and build networks and partnerships
  • manage a busy caseload and prioritise effectively

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. 

If you can provide high quality social work support and advocacy for women who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness or who are in contact with the criminal legal system, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the knowledge, skills and experience section included in the position description.

Inquiries should be directed to Tara Imrie, Senior Solicitor via [email protected]

Please send your application to [email protected], including Social Worker, WHPS in the subject field.  Please note there is no application close date, and we invite you to apply as soon as possible. 

Senior Policy Officer/Policy Officer, Energy + Water

  • Advocate for better household access to essential services
  • Peak voice for consumer organisations and the community
  • Flexible working conditions, full time or part time hours considered

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre is a leading social justice law and policy centre. We build a fairer, stronger society by helping to change laws, policies and practices that cause injustice and inequality.

PIAC offers a dynamic workplace where wellbeing is promoted, and flexibility supported.

The Energy and Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program (EWCAP) works for better regulatory and policy outcomes, so people’s needs are met by clean, resilient, and efficient energy and water systems.

Reporting to the Program Director and working closely with the rest of the EWCAP team, you will develop policy and research issues related to household energy supply in NSW and advocate on behalf of NSW households. Additionally, you will:

  • Draft submissions, media releases and other collateral
  • Support the planning, development, and execution of PIAC’s energy projects
  • Cultivate relationships with consumer and community organisations, industry, regulators, government, and other key stakeholders

You have experience or a background in public policy, research, development, or advocacy and ideally a good knowledge of the energy and/or water industries. Otherwise, you have:

  • Policy analysis and project management skills
  • Capacity to write submissions to government inquiries
  • An understanding of the issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged people
  • Familiarity engaging with media including via social media

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.  

If you would like to contribute to PIAC’s energy advocacy, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the knowledge, skills and experience section included in the position description. 

Inquiries should be directed to Douglas McCloskey via [email protected]

Please send your application to [email protected], including Senior Policy Officer / Policy Officer, Energy and water in the subject field.  Please note there is no application close date, and we invite you to apply as soon as possible. 

Practical Legal Training Placements

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is a leading social justice law and policy centre. We build a fairer, stronger society by helping to change laws, policies and practices that cause injustice and inequality.  Our work combines:   

  • Legal advice and representation, specialising in test cases and strategic casework;   
  • Research, analysis and policy development; and   
  • Advocacy for systems change and public interest outcomes.    

We actively seek to collaborate and partner in our work to maximise its impact. Our priorities include reducing homelessness; First Nations justice; climate change and social justice; equality and non-discrimination; asylum seeker health rights; and the fair use of police powers.  

PIAC is currently recruiting for Practical Legal Training (PLT) placements. The placements are unpaid, however reasonable travel costs are reimbursed.
 
The Volunteer PLT Placement contributes to the provision of a successful, innovative, and responsive legal practice through assisting with PIAC’s telephone information service and with PIAC’s strategic litigation team and Homeless Persons’ Legal Service (HPLS).
 
PLT placements are supervised by a Solicitor within our Strategic Litigation team and/or HPLS teams, and have an opportunity to work with lawyers across our organisation.We accept students who have completed or are close to completion of their law degree, and we generally ask PLT placements to commit to a minimum of 2 days per week, for a minimum of 40 days in total. However, we are open to requests for flexible working arrangements. We particularly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to apply for these positions.

If you’d like to contribute to the provision of a successful, innovative, and responsive legal practice, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the selection criteria included in the position description.

PIAC strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people living with a disability.

For further information about the recruitment of PLTs, please contact Senior Solicitor, Verity Smith at [email protected].

Applications close: Thursday 29 September 2022

Placements commence from mid October 2022

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