Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Seniors Rights Victoria
Field of Law
Stage of career
Description of Organisation
Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people.
Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.
Elder abuse is one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, and most commonly occurs within the family. Whilst elder abuse is believed to be greatly under-reported, the World Health Organisation estimates that it affects between 1 to 10% of older people worldwide.
Seniors Rights Victoria also provides leadership on policy and law reform and works with other organisations to raise awareness of elder abuse.
Number of legal positions within organisation: 3
Information for practising lawyers
What are you looking for in a permanent employee?
- Commitment to social justice
- Interest in elder law and in particular elder abuse Understanding of the needs of working with older people
What prior work is viewed favourably?
Familiarity with working with older Victorians in the area of elder abuse, family violence, guardianship and administration, estates and wills, equity and trusts and civil disputes.
On average, how many positions become available per year?
1 every 2-3 years
How many applications do you receive for these?
Where do you advertise your positions?
Ethical Jobs, Age online, University Careers and Employment on line, Law Institute, Federation of CLC.
Do you use a recruitment agency?
Advice for applicants
Be sure to address the selection criteria