Social Worker

Job No: 110573
Location: Cairns

  • Are you a Social Worker looking to make a real difference in the community? 
  • Casual position - join this community-based NFP in this rewarding and challenging role.
  • All experience levels encouraged to apply.
  • Enjoy an attractive remuneration circa $50.96 gross per hour (includes casual loading) plus 9.5% super
  • Eligible employees may also benefit from salary sacrificing options to further increase take-home pay

About the Organisation

The Cairns Community Legal Centre is a non-profit, government-funded community organisation committed to providing accessible legal and social justice services to a range of people in the community experiencing disadvantage, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those experiencing financial difficulties or homelessness. 

The Centre provides legal and related services for the benefit of its clients across a range of service programs and areas of law including family law, domestic and family violence, discrimination, mental health legal matters, credit and debt matters.

In particular the Centre operates a Seniors Legal and Support Service. This Service provides legal and social work services to seniors experiencing or at risk of experiencing abuse and/or exploitation, often at the hands of family members or others that they know, trust and depend on for care and support. This includes guardianship and administration matters, ‘granny flat’ matters, physical abuse, neglect, intimidation, harassment and financial abuse. Support for clients is provided though a multidisciplinary practice consisting of practitioners committed to working together to provide legal and social work services needed to provide a holistic approach to assisting clients.

In addition, the Centre will also be operating a Seniors Financial Protection Service.  This service is specifically to support and enable seniors (particularly those experiencing or at risk of experiencing financial abuse) to make informed decisions, look after their personal finances, protect their financial futures and reduce the risk of being financially abused. This will include connecting those clients to specialist financial counselling and/or advice services.

About the Opportunity

The Cairns Community Legal Centre now has a new additional role available for a Social Worker to join its team, on a casual basis.

Working the under the guidance of the Centre’s Principal Solicitor, you will aim to increase the safety and well-being of senior clients through both prevention and response components to reach older people across the continuum of elder abuse through the delivery of community information and outreach services, referrals (for example to financial counselling and advice services), as well as direct client support where that is required.

Duties required will be driven by client and other demands, and may include: 

  • Initiating and providing community education/information sessions to seniors and service providers, including via outreach locations;
  • Undertaking client needs and risk assessment;
  • Connecting clients experiencing or at risk of experiencing financial abuse and/or exploitation to relevant services, including specialist financial counselling and/or advice services; and
  • Providing other intervention, case management, individual advocacy and support.

As a member of the Centre’s team, you will also be involved in providing social work services for the Centre’s range of vulnerable clients and across its various service programs, where that is required; as well as establishing and maintaining the Centre’s links with various networks, organisations and client groups. You’ll also share workloads with your colleagues, and be actively involved in promotional and other activities aimed at the ongoing development of the Centre and its services; and which seeks to meet its corporate goals.

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About You

The successful candidate will be an adaptable and agile individual, with the ability to respond to emerging demands. A strong team player, you'll demonstrate a positive attitude and enthusiastically accept new challenges as they arise. Well developed interpersonal and communication skills will be key for your success, as will the ability to effectively manage competing priorities.  As this is a new role you will also be expected to adapt and work within the role as it develops; and fluidly across the Centre’s various services and client groups as required.

Importantly, you'll be passionate about the work you'll be doing, and will have a genuine interest in working to help seniors who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing financial abuse and/or exploitation.  You will also work with a strong spirit of service to get results and achieve good client outcomes and connections within the community.

The Centre encourages Social Workers with all levels of experience to apply!

To apply, please respond to the questions below and attach a current resume. 


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