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Lawyer - International Parental Child Abduction


International Social Service (ISS) Australia is an independent not-for-profit organisation providing legal, social work and mediation services to families and children in Australia affected by cross border issues. ISS Australia is a member of the global ISS network, established in Geneva in 1924 and now represented in over 130 countries worldwide.

ISS Australia currently employs 23 staff mainly located in our National Office in Melbourne and the NSW Office in Sydney, with some staff co-located in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. Volunteers, interns and students on placement play important supporting roles.

For further information on ISS Australia visit our website at



The Legal Service deals primarily with International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA) and is funded by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. Services include an advice line, preparation of documents under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the Hague Convention), IPCA training and research.


3. THE ROLE                                                                                                         

ISS Australia is seeking a part-time (0.8 FTE) Lawyer, to be based in ISS Australia’s National Office. The position reports to the Manager, Legal Service, also based in the National Office.



The position is 0.8 FTE ongoing, subject to available funding. The standard three-month probationary period for all ISS Australia’s ongoing positions applies.

Salary will be negotiated with the successful applicant, at a competitive, above-Award rate for the not for profit sector. Salary packaging is offered in accordance with ATO regulations for FBT-exempt charities and ISS Australia’s policies.

Other employment conditions are according to the National SCHCADS Award.



Mandatory qualifications

  • An Australian Practising Certificate, not subject to supervised legal practice restrictions

Essential experience and skills

  • A minimum of two years’ experience in family law
  • Excellent written communication, including the ability to draft complex affidavits
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills including the ability to relate well to a wide range of clients from diverse backgrounds
  • Proven ability to liaise, develop and maintain effective relationships and work productively with a wide range of government and non-government agencies
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills and the ability to deal effectively with competing priorities
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team

Desirable experience and skills

  • Knowledge of the international Conventions of the Hague Private Conference on International Law, particularly the 1980 Hague Convention
  • Demonstrated empathy with ISS Australia’s vision and mission and with adoption and promotion of a child rights framework
  • Experience working in the not for profit or community sectors


Job contact

Name: Meilisa Southwick

Phone: 03 9614 8755