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International Parental Child Abduction Lawyer

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  • Interesting and specialised field of law
  • Community legal centre
  • West Melbourne, Victoria
  • Part time, 4 days/week (0.8FTE), as soon as possible
  • Above Award wages and workplace flexibility

The Role

Reporting to the Manager of the Legal Service, you will be responsible for the provision of legal advice and case work to clients throughout Australia who are affected by international parental child abduction (IPCA). The Legal Service primarily provides legal advice and assistance by telephone and email, with some face-to-face contact with clients. Your duties include:

  • Provision of advice to clients and professionals on our Legal Advice Line regarding IPCA and other international parenting matters;
  • Drafting outgoing return and access applications under the 1980 Hague Convention and applications under the Bilateral Agreements with Egypt and Lebanon;
  • Appropriate internal referrals to ISS Australia’s Social Work and Mediation services;
  • Liaising with Commonwealth Government stakeholders;
  • Provision of training and information about IPCA and the 1980 Hague Convention to professionals, government and non-government organisations.

We offer a flexible work environment, above award wages, salary packing, access to an Employee Assistance Program and workplace health and wellness activities.

You will be working in a small team of lawyers who work closely with one another. The Legal Service is comprised of two lawyers in our Melbourne Office and two lawyers in our Sydney Office.

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About you

The ideal candidate will:

  • Hold a VIC practising certificate, eligible to have supervision restrictions removed;
  • Have at least two years’ experience in family law;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Excellent legal drafting skills;
  • Be looking for flexible working conditions and above award rates;
  • Be keen to assist people in times of considerable personal distress.

We are looking for someone who is warm and professional, who is able to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team and is able and open to learning quickly and continuously.

We particularly require a candidate who has excellent legal drafting skills. With a view to finding the right candidate, candidates who proceed to an interview will be provided with a written task to complete. This is to ensure that the ideal candidate has excellent legal drafting skills.

 About us

ISS Australia’s Legal Service is a community legal centre focused on international parental child abduction law and the 1980 Hague Convention. The service was established in 2012 and is funded by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

ISS Australia is a small not for profit organisation providing inter-country casework services to families separated by international borders, with a special emphasis on the rights and interests of children. We have an office in Melbourne and an office in Sydney. We form part of the ISS international network represented in over 130 countries worldwide. For further information about ISS Australia, see our website

How to apply for this job

Please review the position description.

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Applications must include:

  1. A current CV with the contact details of two professional referees
  2. A cover letter setting out how you meet the requirements of the role set out in the position description

Email applications to and direct any further enquiries to Jenny Tam, Senior Lawyer, on (03) 9614 8755.

Applications due 5.00pm 25 October 2019.