QAI is Hiring! Senior Lawyer Wanted

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QAI is looking for a Senior Lawyer to join the legal advocacy team on a flexible basis either .8 or full time depending on mutual convenience and attributes of the successful candidate.

QAI is a thriving systems and individual advocacy organisation dedicated to the promotion, protection and defence of the fundamental needs and rights and lives of the most vulnerable people with disability in Queensland.

QAI provides legal services in mental health and human rights law, and non-legal advocacy services in NDIS and criminal justice matters. We also publish and educate in our fields of expertise to empower clients and their supports to self-advocate, and consider law reform and challenging systems as one of our primary purposes. It is an exciting time for disability advocacy in Queensland, with the commencement of the Disability Royal Commission and implementation of the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld).

The advertised role is for a Senior Lawyer.  We are keen to receive applications from senior lawyers who might be interested in working with QAI with particular interest in Human Rights as we prepare for and respond to the commencement of obligations under the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld). QAI seeks applicants with sufficient practice experience to hold all or some of the responsibilities below.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

The salary for such a role would likely be at SCHADS award Level 6.3, subject to experience, and includes advantageous salary sacrifice and flexible working arrangement options.

This Position is supervised by the Principal Solicitor, will report to the Director.

The functions of this role include:

  • Support provision of legal advice and casework within the scope of QAI’s legal services, including in relation to the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld), Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld), Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 (Qld), Mental Health Act 2016 (Qld), Forensic Disability Act 2011 (Qld), Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) and representation before the Mental Health Review Tribunal.
  • Primary responsibility for the supervision of files for QAI’s NDIS Advocacy support and Disability Royal Commission Individual Advocacy;
  • Working with other members of the Mental Health Legal Service including the LAQ Referral team;
  • Reporting to QAI’s management committee and contributing to preparation of the annual report;
  • Service evaluation and development of strategies for improvement.

Additionally, the role includes opportunities to work with team members:

  • Identifying opportunities for community legal education, publications, projects, and engagement with allies and stakeholders, in pursuit of QAI’s strategic goals;
  • Collaboration with systems advocates supporting law reform activities;
  • Representing QAI at conferences, meetings and other events;
  • Actively engaging in policy development and accreditation processes;
  • Contributing to the preparation of funding submissions, and ensuring compliance with existing funding agreements;  and
  • Coordinating pro bono lawyers, student volunteer and law school clinic programs.

The successful applicant will be an experienced lawyer with an unrestricted Practising Certificate, able to demonstrate the following selection criteria:

  1. Commitment to social justice principles including the promotion and  protection of the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.
  1. Excellent legal, advocacy and negotiation skills.
  1. Strong organisational and administrative skills, ensuring sustainable, responsive and developing service delivery.
  1. Advice and casework experience with knowledge in relevant areas of law, or an ability to quickly acquire knowledge, working strategically, innovatively and efficiently in complex matters to achieve outcomes.
  1. Strong interpersonal relationship and communication skills, and demonstrated success in leadership, supervision and teamwork, including collaboration with external stakeholders.
  1. Excellent written and oral communication skills to a wide variety of audiences, including to people with mental illness, intellectual disability and cognitive impairment.
  1. Ability to take initiative and identify opportunities, while at the same time analyse and understand risk, in accordance with the goals and decision making framework of the organisation.
  1. Driven by integrity, responsibility, accountability, attention to detail and pride in work.
  1. Prior experience in the disability, mental health or social services sectors would be advantageous.
  1. Current driver’s licence as some travel may be required as part of this role.


To apply for this role, please email your CV and a 2 page covering letter addressing the selection criteria to with the subject line “Application for Senior Lawyer Position”.

Applications will close at 5pm on Monday 28th October, 2019.