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Senior Solicitor, Strategic Litigation, A Fairer NDIS

Relationships Manager

Practical Legal Training Placements

Project Officer, Towards Truth

  • Foundational work that will support a future Makarrata Commission
  • Legal and policy research and development of project database
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is a leading social justice law and policy centre. We are an independent, non-profit organisation that works with people and communities who are marginalised and facing disadvantage. We work to build a fairer, stronger society by helping to change laws, policies and practices that cause injustice and inequality.

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.

  • Towards Truth is a collaborative partnership of the Indigenous Law Centre UNSW and PIAC
  • Towards Truth provides practical support for the truth-telling process called for in the Uluru Statement from the Heart
  • PIAC offers a workplace where wellbeing is promoted, and flexibility supported

Reporting to the Program Director, Truth and Accountability, you will support the day-to-day implementation of the Towards Truth project, researching, documenting and recording legislation and policy that has had an impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Additionally, you will:

  • Develop thematic priority lists under the direction of the ILC for the project database
  • Assist in the development of partnerships and liaise with external stakeholders to coordinate research needs
  • Develop, supervise and review research by pro bono lawyers and interns

You have a proven understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander history, culture and society with solid research and analytical skills and the capacity to develop relationships, particularly with First Nations communities. A law degree is desirable.

If you can demonstrate your understanding of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a commitment to its realisation, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the selection criteria included in the position description.

Inquiries should be directed to Annie Barker via abarker@piac.asn.au

Please send your application to jobs@piac.asn.au, including Project Officer, Towards Truth in the subject field. Please note there is no application close date, and we invite you to apply as soon as possible. 

Senior Solicitor, Strategic Litigation, A Fairer NDIS

  • Improve outcomes under the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Undertake public interest litigation, casework and policy work
  • Fixed term 12-month contract with possible extension

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is a leading social justice law and policy centre. We are an independent, non-profit organisation that works with people and communities who are marginalised and facing disadvantage. We work to build a fairer, stronger society by helping to change laws, policies and practices that cause injustice and inequality.

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.

  • We respond to emerging public interest issues and proactively identify need and opportunities for change
  • We offer a workplace where wellbeing is promoted, and flexibility supported

Reporting to the Principal Solicitor and working as part of the strategic litigation team, your focus will be on PIAC’s ‘A Fairer NDIS’ work. Specifically, you will lead a new project designed to deliver better outcomes for decision-making under the NDIS for participants requesting specialist disability accommodation (SDA). Additionally, you will:

  • Provide strategic legal assistance to participants who have had requests for funding denied
  • Work with PIAC’s partners to identify appropriate test cases
  • Run litigation and drive systemic change

You have 5 years+ post-admission experience in legal practice relevant to PIAC’s NDIS work including administrative law. Ideally, you have managed appeals casework or litigation, preferably in the AAT or Federal Court with an understanding of the NDIS Act 2013. Additionally, you:

  • Are eligible for an unrestricted practicing certificate in NSW
  • Able to undertake high quality legal research, draft effective briefs and advices
  • Have capacity to identify and develop innovative legal strategies

If you’d like to contribute to the planning and lead the delivery of PIAC’s SDA project, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the selection criteria included in the position description.

Inquiries should be directed to Annie Barker via abarker@piac.asn.au

Please send your application to jobs@piac.asn.au, including Senior Solicitor, Strategic Litigation, A Fairer NDIS in the subject field.  Please note there is no application close date, and we invite you to apply as soon as possible. 

Relationships Manager

  • Help secure funding for PIAC’s priority projects
  • Deliver effective donor engagement and stewardship
  • Full time or part time hours considered

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is a leading social justice law and policy centre. We are an independent, non-profit organisation that works with people and communities who are marginalised and facing disadvantage.

We work to build a fairer, stronger society by helping to change laws, policies and practices that cause injustice and inequality. 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.

  • We have a generous and committed network of partners, sponsors and donors
  • PIAC is a trusted partner and can bring a broad audience together
  • We offer a workplace where wellbeing is promoted, and flexibility supported

Working closely with our executive team, you will play a pivotal role in developing and maintaining PIAC’s supporter and partner relationships. Additionally, you will:

  • Identify funders to align with PIAC’s priority projects
  • Develop cases for support and applications for funding
  • Design and manage events and implement our fundraising program

Ideally, you have a track record developing successful relationships with philanthropic donors, are familiar with the community legal sector, with experience using a donor management database. Otherwise, you are a fundraiser with effective donor stewardship, leading to significant support and can demonstrate experience:

  • Leveraging your exceptional networking skills to cultivate partnerships
  • Building and preserving a valued portfolio

If you can demonstrate your commitment to social justice and would like to join us to build support to tackle injustice and inequality, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the selection criteria included in the position description.

Inquiries should be directed to Annie Barker via abarker@piac.asn.au

Please send your application to jobs@piac.asn.au, including Relationships Manager 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

Please note we are not currently recruiting for PLT positions.

PIAC regularly has positions available for Practical Legal Training (PLT) placements. The placements are unpaid but reasonable travel costs are reimbursed.

PLTs are supervised by a Senior Solicitor within our strategic litigation team, and have an opportunity to work with lawyers and policy officers across our organisation.

The major projects currently being undertaken by PIAC with a strong legal component include the generalist strategic litigation practice and the Indigenous Justice Program.
PIAC’s strategic litigation team conduct high impact strategic litigation that achieves positive outcomes for significant groups of disadvantaged people. We bring test cases that create important legal precedents that protect human rights and promote social justice for disadvantaged people.

The Volunteer PLT Placement contributes to the provision of a successful, innovative, and responsive legal practice through assisting with PIAC’s telephone information and advice service and with PIAC’s litigation and associated policy and law reform, training and administrative work.

We accept students who have completed or are close to completion of their law degree, and we ask PLTs to commit to a minimum of 3 days per week, for a minimum of 60 days in total.

We particularly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to apply.

For further information about future recruitment of PLTs, please contact Solicitor, Strategic Litigation Erin Turner Manners by email on eturnermanners@piac.asn.au.

 

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