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Position: Launceston Solicitor – Level 6

Salary: A pro rata salary within the range of Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award level 6 plus employer superannuation contributions.

Supervisor: Principal Solicitor/Coordinator, Senior Solicitor

Functions: To Assist and/or represent clients in case matters including those in the Magistrates Court; to provide advice via telephone or face to face as required; in the area of tenancy law and to attend relevant stakeholder meetings as required.

Specific Duties

Provision of legal advice and representation, including:

  • Providing advice, referral and casework in residential tenancy disputes and other residential tenancy law related matters, referred to by other Tenants’ Union staff and community organisations, such advice to be undertaken by telephone or face to face.
  • Representing and/or assisting clients with the preparation of court cases including test cases;
  • Attending relevant stakeholder meetings that may required, including working with other organisations such as Anglicare, Shelter Tasmania and Housing Connect;


  • It is important to note this is a significantly autonomous role with supervision and support from the Hobart Office.
  • The position is supervised by either the Principal Solicitor or the Senior Solicitor.
  • Work is to be undertaken in accordance with the current Strategic plan.
  • Work must conform to the principles and policies of the TUT. This includes conforming with the current Risk Management Guide.

General Duties/Team Work

  • Working towards achieving the general aims of the Tenants’ Union of Tasmania.
  • Whilst the role is autonomous in nature, working as a member of a team with other staff and Management Committee is essential. Regular phone contact and meetings will be required.
  • Participating in any planning, review and evaluation activities of the Tenants’ Union of Tasmania.
  • Other duties from time to time as specified by the Principal Solicitor with reference to the relevant Award.

Selection Criteria

  1. A minimum of three (3) years practical legal experience including Magistrate Court appearances;
  2. A demonstrated ability to successfully work autonomously with minimal supervision;·
  3. A high level of interpersonal skills, including the ability to negotiate, mediate and advocate on behalf of clients;
  4. An understanding of and commitment to social justice issues.


Applications close by COB Monday 17 June 2019. For further information please contact Meredith Barton on 62232591