Legal Officer - NSW Department of Family & Community Services

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Closing On: Monday, 29th April 2019
Category: Legal
Location: NSW
Job Type:
Full Time
Education: Young Lawyer

Job Description:

About us

The establishment of the Ageing and Disability Commission is to better protect adults with disability and older people from abuse, neglect and exploitation in home and community settings.

The NSW Government takes its responsibility to safeguard the most vulnerable members of our community seriously. Unfortunately, people with disability and older people can be more vulnerable to abuse, neglect and exploitation. A number of reviews and inquiries have highlighted opportunities for the NSW Government to do more to address this issue. These include the recent Parliamentary Inquiry report into the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and provision of disability services, the Ombudsman’s recent report Abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults in NSW – the need for action, the Law Reform Commission’s Review of the Guardianship Act 1987 and the 2016 Parliamentary Inquiry into Elder Abuse.

The establishment of the Ageing and Disability Commission will address the concerns raised in these reports, by strengthening the government’s ability to respond to abuse, neglect and exploitation of adults with disability and older people in home and community settings.

About the role

Provide professional guidance/counsel to the Ageing and Disability Commission and the investigators when they undertake the end to end investigation process, analysis and assessment of allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation in home and community settings against adults with disability and older people.
(Please refer to supplementary material attached to role description for further details on this role)

This is an ongoing role in accordance with the Government Sector Employment Act 2013.

A Recruitment Pool may be created to fill similar roles for both ongoing and temporary opportunities if and as they arise.

Essential requirements

Law degree.
Admitted or eligible for admission as a legal practitioner in an Australian jurisdiction, entitling practice in NSW.

Appointments are subject to reference checks and the following pre-employment check:

National Criminal History Record Check in accordance with the Disability Inclusion Act 2014

What we can offer you

Location: Greater Sydney
Grade 6
- Salary range $138,421 pa - $141,338 pa plus employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

  • 4 weeks annual leave per year of service
  • Generous salary packaging options and other fringe benefits
  • Flexible work practices
  • Opportunities for learning and development and Internal career progression

How to apply

To apply candidates are to answer the targeted questions (maximum 400 words per question) together with a covering letter (1 page maximum) which clearly details their skills and experience as relevant to this role and an up to date resume.
Targeted Questions

1. Provide an example of a time in which you felt you were able to build engagement and motivation in your team. What did you do? What was the outcome?

2. Provide an example of a complex case that you worked on. What were the challenges? How did you address those challenges?

Part of the assessment process may include additional online capability testing, skills testing or work samples in accordance with the new Government Sector Employment Act 2013; therefore you may be contacted to participate. You may also be asked to complete a Health Declaration Form in later stages of the assessment process.

Find out more

Click here to view the role description and supplementary material.

For more information on how to apply for a role in the NSW Public Sector please click here

Please submit your application online including the information outlined above.

If you experience technical difficulties when submitting your application, please contact ‘I Work for NSW’ on P: 1800 562 679.

Closing date: Monday, 29 April 2019 at 11:59 pm

For enquiries: please contact David Came on Ph: (02) 9716 3059 or E:

This organisation is committed to building a workplace culture that values diversity and inclusion. We actively promote the employment of people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, LGBTI and other diversity groups.

This organisation encourages applications from people with disability and will provide reasonable adjustments in our recruitment processes and in the workplace.

If you need an adjustment in the recruitment process, please call or email the contact person listed above, and also advise us of your preferred method of communication.


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