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Guardian - Office of the Public Advocate

Department of Justice
  • Position Type: Permanent – Full Time & Fixed Term – Full Time
  • Salary: Level 5, PSGA, $89,047 - $97,994 per annum
  • Location: Perth CBD

About us

When you join the Department of Justice, you become part of a people-focused organisation working hard to make our community a fairer and safer place to live. We offer many different employment opportunities in locations around Western Australia. You will have a chance to make a real difference to your local communities and to the lives of those you work with.

About the role

At the Office of the Public Advocate, Guardians make personal and lifestyle decisions on behalf of represented persons, who have decision-making disabilities, such as an intellectual disability, mental health condition, dementia or acquired brain injury. Guardians also attend hearings at the State Administrative Tribunal to advocate on their behalf.

As a Guardian you will need to be available for country travel, have a current motor vehicle driver’s license and participate in an after-hours On Call Guardian roster. Due to current regulations for aged care facilities, successful applicants are encouraged to have, or be prepared to have, an influenza vaccination.

Eligibility to Apply

A tertiary qualification in social or behavioural sciences or related fields and / or equivalent experience.

About you

As a guardian you will need to demonstrate an ability to work with delegated responsibility in situations which demand personal resilience, initiative and independence. You will need to possess well developed analytical, research and problem solving skills with the ability to make significant decisions. High level communication skills are required, including report writing, good oral communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills and the ability to engage and work with people in situations of conflict. You will also need to demonstrated expertise and established networks related to community based services for people with decision-making disabilities.

All employees are required to undergo employment screening, which includes a National Criminal History Check and other checks that may be relevant to the position requirements.

Pool Recruitment

The Department of Justice uses recruitment pools to build a bank of talent for future opportunities. When part of a pool you may be offered a permanent or temporary position, however an appointment is not guaranteed.

This pool will be open for a period of 12 months from the day after the breach of standard claim period closes. Permanent and fixed-term full-time appointments may be offered as vacancies arise.

There are currently full-time permanent vacancies available.

Equity and Diversity

The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to growing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce as a part of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Management Plan and its Aboriginal Workforce Development Strategy. We embrace diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, women and youth.

As a measure to achieve equality, Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 applies to this position. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Aboriginal job seekers may contact the Aboriginal Workforce Development Team on aboriginalworkforcedevelopment@justice.wa.gov.au using the subject line: Guardian - Office of the Public Advocate enquiry via EthicalJobs or call (08) 9264 1777 for culturally appropriate application advice or alternatively if you would like to seek assistance with your application, please contact Jobs and Skills WA on 13 64 64.

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