Strategic Communications Intern – VCAT

Internship Opportunity: Strategic Communications Internship

Host Organisation: VCAT – Strategic Communications

Host Supervisor: Lee Arnold

Location: Melbourne CBD

Estimated hours: 144

Student Type:  both

Offered in Units: ATS3129, APG5044

Suitable Disciplines: Communications

Approximate start and end date: ASAP

Available Places: 2

Brief description of the internship

This internship is offered within VCAT’s Strategic Communications team. 

This small, busy team based at VCAT’s headquarters in Melbourne CBD is responsible for developing and managing VCAT’s internal and external communications channels, including the VCAT website, events, intranet and publications. 

Brief description of the organisation

VCAT is a tribunal that hears and decides civil and administrative legal cases in the State of Victoria, Australia. Established in 1998, we are the busiest tribunal in Australia. We finalise more than 85,000 cases a year – mostly disputes – at over 46 venues across Victoria. We serve the community by resolving disputes and making decisions about human rights cases, for example by appointing guardians for vulnerable Victorians. We do this in a timely, cost effective and efficient way. VCAT is less formal than a court. In most cases, our customers do not need a lawyer or professional representative. Usually they must ask our permission to have someone represent them. Where possible we help customers reach agreement by talking through the issues at a mediation or compulsory conference, with the other people involved. If they cannot agree, we decide the case at a hearing.

When hearing a case, we apply the relevant law – for example, the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 for cases about renting a home, or the municipal planning scheme in a development dispute. We can only hear cases when a law gives us this authority.  The law that establishes VCAT and governs our operations is the Victorian Civil and Administrative Act 1998. VCAT has more than 200 members – the people who hear and decide cases – and about 200 staff. By law, our president is a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Thirteen judges from the County Court of Victoria serve as our vice presidents, with two working full time at VCAT.

VCAT is supported by Court Services Victoria, a statutory corporate body established in July 2014 to provide administrative support and facilities to Victorian courts and VCAT. Our website is vcat.vic.gov.au.

Position description/Role of intern

  • VCAT events during Courts Open Day (Saturday, 20 May) and Law Week
  • Play a key role in delivering VCAT’s information sessions held during Law Week, primarily on Courts Open Day.
  • This project will give you experience and an insight into all aspects of event management, including organisation, promotion, overseeing registrations, coordinating volunteers and staff, evaluation and liaising with event partners.
  • V-Chat internal newsletter
  • Prepare VCAT’s online internal newsletter for members and staff, including developing content ideas, writing stories to deadline and sourcing images. Develop associated internal communications, including all-organisation email and posters. 
  • Other events and communications activities
  • Assist with other communications and events to support VCAT activities as directed, including website and intranet content and updates.

Application process

Go to the Application form and submit your details and documentation.

Applications for Semester 1 2017 are due by 17th March 2017.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.