Volunteer Application

Suncoast Community Legal Service Inc relies upon volunteers to deliver the vast majority of the services it provides.  All Volunteers become members of SCLS Inc, once approved by the Management Committee and are bound by SCLS Constitution.

Without limiting the potential roles for volunteers in the organisation, the two main roles are as volunteer lawyer and volunteer receptionist at rostered free legal advice sessions.

Please select which type of volunteer position you like to apply for.

Volunteer Application Form
You must register as an SCLS Portal Member as part of your Volunteer Lawyer Application process. You can register here. After you have registered you can complete the application process.
Have you registered as an SCLS Portal member?
Do you hold a current practising certificate? *
How many years experience as a lawyer do you have? *
How many years experience as a receptionist do you have? *
Are you currently employed by a legal firm? *
Application Criteria
Volunteer lawyers must:
• be able to work without supervision (have at least 6 months practical experience as a lawyer)
• hold a valid practising certificate (including a volunteers practising certificate) issued by the Queensland Law Society or an interstate Law Society
• have a willingness to assist disadvantaged clients to gain access to the legal profession
• show a desire to provide a service to the community
• have a commitment to working as a team with other volunteers on the roster
• be an active listener and to show empathy towards clients
• be able to communicate clearly and sensitively with clients
• maintain confidentiality at all times
• be computer literate
• on request, provide 2 referees
Application Criteria

Volunteer receptionists must:
• have a willingness to assist disadvantaged clients to gain access to the legal profession
• have a desire to provide a service to the community
• have a commitment to working as a team with other volunteers on the roster
• be an active listener and to show empathy towards clients
• communicate clearly and sensitively with clients, volunteers and staff
• maintain confidentiality at all times
• be computer literate

Policy Statement
Pursuant to the Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld) the SCLS must ensure that conflicts of interest do not occur in the course of providing advice and/or casework assistance. Where potential conflicts of interest can arise:
1 Advising/acting for both parties in the one matter;
2 Advising/acting against someone who is a present or past client;
3 Advising/acting for someone the Service has given advice/acted against in the past;
4 Advising/acting in a matter where a current or previous Centre worker or volunteer is the other party;
5 Advising in a matter through a volunteer lawyer who is acting for or has previously advised or acted for the other party;
6 Advising/acting in a matter where a Centre worker or volunteer has acted against the client in a previous job.
The potential conflicts in numbers 1-4 are identified by consultation of SCLS records. Identification of those at number 5 and 6 rely on workers and volunteers self-reporting, and the liability for acting in a conflict situation rests upon them.

Volunteer Agreement Declaration
• I understand that ALL information divulged by the client at the Service is confidential
• I understand not to reveal any information about any client except as required by the Service
• I will alert the session Business Services Manager/Managing Solicitor to any problems I encounter in my dealing with any clients
• I will advise the Business Services Manager at the earliest possible time if I am unable to fulfil my obligations at any rostered advise sessions and I will attempt to arrange a replacement for the roster
• I have no record of criminal convictions recorded against my name
• I grant and convey to SCLS all right, title and interests in any and all photographic, images, media or audio recordings of me or my likeness or voice made by SCLS in connection with my providing volunteer services to SCLS.
• I am able to use my own device (telephone & notebook computer) if required at the outreach sites

All membership applications are presented to the Management Committee for consideration.

I;
1. Confirm that I meet the Application Criteria
2. Agree with the Policy Statement
3. Agree with the Volunteer Agreement Declaration
4. Have downloaded, read and acknowledged the NACLC Risk Management, Mandatory Standards 2011
5. Have downloaded, read and acknowledged the Volunteer Code of Ethics & Conduct Agreement
6. Consent to my details being made available to SCLS staff/volunteers for the purpose of administering Suncoast Community Legal Service Inc.

Policy Statement
Pursuant to the Legal Profession Act 2007 (Qld) the SCLS must ensure that conflicts of interest do not occur in the course of providing advice and/or casework assistance. Where potential conflicts of interest can arise:
1 Advising/acting for both parties in the one matter;
2 Advising/acting against someone who is a present or past client;
3 Advising/acting for someone the Service has given advice/acted against in the past;
4 Advising/acting in a matter where a current or previous Centre worker or volunteer is the other party;
5 Advising in a matter through a volunteer lawyer who is acting for or has previously advised or acted for the other party;
6 Advising/acting in a matter where a Centre worker or volunteer has acted against the client in a previous job.
The potential conflicts in numbers 1-4 are identified by consultation of SCLS records. Identification of those at number 5 and 6 rely on workers and volunteers self-reporting, and the liability for acting in a conflict situation rests upon them.

Volunteer Agreement Declaration
• I understand that ALL information divulged by the client at the Service is confidential
• I understand not to reveal any information about any client except as required by the Service
• I will alert the session Business Services Manager/Managing Solicitor to any problems I encounter in my dealing with any clients
• I will advise the Business Services Manager at the earliest possible time if I am unable to fulfil my obligations at any rostered advise sessions and I will attempt to arrange a replacement for the roster
• I have no record of criminal convictions recorded against my name
• I grant and convey to SCLS all right, title and interests in any and all photographic, images, media or audio recordings of me or my likeness or voice made by SCLS in connection with my providing volunteer services to SCLS.
• I am able to use my own device (telephone & notebook computer) if required at the outreach sites

All membership applications are presented to the Management Committee for consideration.

I:
1. Confirm that I meet the Application Criteria
2. Agree with the Policy Statement
3. Agree with the Volunteer Agreement Declaration
4. Have downloaded, read and acknowledged the Volunteer Code of Ethics & Conduct Agreement (Volunteer Receptionists)
5. Consent to my details being made available to SCLS staff/volunteers for the purpose of administering Suncoast Community Legal Service Inc.

Acceptance *