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Legal Caseworker Volunteer

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
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About the role

Volunteer Caseworkers assist in our Human Rights Law Program (HRLP) Dandenong Clinic, providing advice and assistance to people seeking asylum at all stages of the refugee determination process. In return we provide an energetic and engaging workplace with ongoing training and development opportunities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of solicitors, work in a busy legal clinic to deliver high quality refugee law advice and casework at all stages of the refugee determination process.
  • Undertake casework on files as instructed, including preparing protection visa applications, statutory declarations, Freedom of Information requests, case summaries and chronologies, legal submissions.
  • Complete paralegal tasks for clients such as drafting correspondence, taking accurate messages, booking in clients and completing Department of Immigration forms.
  • Assist with overall file management, including maintaining neat files, writing comprehensive file notes and other administrative duties as necessary.
  • Undertake legal research including country of origin information, human rights reports and relevant case law.

What we’re looking for

Please note: Only applicants who meet all of the selection criteria will be considered.

  • Qualified solicitor or barrister with a current Victorian practising certificate, or eligible to apply for a Victorian practising certificate; or current Practical Legal Training (PLT) or final year Bachelor of Laws / Juris Doctor student.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including the capacity to work with
  • vulnerable clients with the assistance of phone or onsite interpreters and/or with other professionals such as caseworkers and counsellors.
  • Experience working directly with clients in a legal setting.
  • Demonstrated interest in refugee law and commitment to protecting the rights of people seeking asylum.
  • Ability to work in a culturally appropriate manner in line with ASRC values and adhere to our responsibilities as a Community Legal Centre.
  • Ability to take instructions, accept feedback and implement constructive feedback.
  • Excellent organisation, attention to detail, administrative and time management skills, and the capacity to handle ongoing and one-off tasks with consistency and competency.

Volunteer shifts

This role is looking for a commitment of one shift per week on Wednesdays 2pm-8pm.

About Us

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is both a place and a movement. We are an independent not-for-profit whose programs support and empower people seeking asylum to maximise their own physical, mental and social wellbeing. As a movement, we mobilise and unite communities to create lasting social and policy change for people seeking asylum in Australia. We are proud to be owned and run by our community of volunteers and supporters. We pride ourselves on living and breathing our values in all areas of our work – our values are who we are and guide how we operate. The ASRC values are:

  • Welcoming
  • Authentic
  • Collaborative
  • Courageous

To apply please visit our website asrc.org.au/become-a-volunteer/ For more information email [email protected]