Seniors Rights Victoria

Field of Law

Elder Law including intervention orders, grandparenting, guardianship and administration, family care and 'granny flat' arrangements, property disputes, future planning including powers of attorney, all forms of financial abuse

Community Legal Centres

Stage of career

Graduates; Practising Lawyers

Contact details

Address: Level 4, 533 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne 3000
Phone: 1300 368 821
Office administration: 03 9655 2129
Visit the Seniors Rights Victoria website
Contact person: Marnie Coghlan (Helpline)
Rebecca Bone (Office Administration) 

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.

Our services include a Helpline, specialist legal services, short-term support and advocacy for individuals and community and professional education.

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 EFT

Information for university students/graduates

What are you looking for in a graduate?

Experience with older people, interest in the community sector

Qualifications/skills required

Empathy, high level written and oral communication skills

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?


What sort of volunteer/internship opportunities are available?

We sometimes take on volunteer lawyers or law students. Ideally would like these to be one day / week for at least 3 months.

Contact person for volunteers:

Rebecca Edwards, Principal Lawyer

Information for practising lawyers

What are you looking for in a permanent employee?

Some prior experience in the community sector or with older people.

What prior work is viewed favourably?


On average, how many positions become available per year?


How many applications do you receive for these?

Up to 15

Where do you advertise your positions?

Ethical Jobs

Do you use a recruitment agency?


Advice for applicants

Demonstrate knowledge of organisation and passion for the sector.

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