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Locum Advocate

University of Melbourne Student Union
  • Support students by providing comprehensive student rights advocacy and information services to students
  • Challenging and rewarding role in student rights work
  • Excellent staff benefits


With a living history that extends over 130 years, the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) is committed to providing quality experiences on campus that create a community for students, staff and visitors from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

As a non-profit organisation run by students, for students, we keep the arts, representation, advocacy, live music and cultural services alive on campus.

UMSU enables students to get more out of their time at the University. We provide opportunities for students to immerse themselves in a wealth of cultural facilities and events, whilst having access to quality support services. At its heart UMSU is committed to ensuring students have advocacy and representation on campus; ensuring student voices are heard while making students’ time at the University fun and enjoyable.


The Advocacy & Legal Division encompasses a co-located Community Legal Centre and Advocacy Service available to all students at the University of Melbourne.

The University of Melbourne Student Union Legal Service provides free legal advice to all students at the University of Melbourne, as well as running volunteer programmes and providing community legal education. The Advocacy Service provides an advisory and advocacy service to students at the University of Melbourne in relation to formal and informal University procedures.

Staff in the Advocacy & Legal Division are also responsible for providing information and other forms of support to the elected student representatives of UMSU, including UMSU International.


The Advocacy Service is not a legal service. We are looking for suitably skilled staff (social workers, law students) to provide information and advice to students about their rights at University.

Due to an increase in demand for our busy service, an opportunity currently exists for a Locum Advocate to provide high level advice, advocacy and liaison services to minimise factors which impact adversely upon the personal, social and educational achievements of students. The Locum Advocate will be responsible for assisting students to resolve disputes through the interpretation and application of relevant University of Melbourne policies, procedure, statutes and regulations and will also utilise well developed skills and expertise in research in order to provide elected student representatives with informed advice on policy and other issues relevant to students’ experience at the University.


To succeed in this position, you will have:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications, with at least 4 years subsequent experience; or, an equivalent combination;
  • Previous student rights advocacy and negotiation experience;
  • Well-developed analytical and problem solving skills proven ability to apply them to provide information, independent advice, support and referral to students in a confidential setting;
  • Demonstrated skills and expertise in research, in order to provide well-informed advice on policy and other issues relevant to students’ experience at the University; and
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills.

View full Position Description here.

In return we offer:

  • Genuine opportunity for life/work balance
  • 5 weeks annual leave (pro rata) + leave loading
  • Access to professional development opportunities
  • A unique workplace culture and lifestyle

This is a full time fixed term (six months) position with a base salary of $86,937 per annum.

All applicants require:

  • A valid Employee Working with Children Check
  • Verification of unrestricted work rights in Australia, for example, citizenship, passport or birth certificate
  • Certified copies of qualifications

UMSU reserves the right to withdraw an advertised position at any stage.

At UMSU we value diversity, embrace difference and nurture a connected, safe and respectful community. UMSU is a proud member of the Australian Network for Disability. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people of all cultures, abilities, sex and genders.

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