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Careers & getting involved

Community legal centres (CLCs) offer the chance to perform rewarding social justice and human rights work in a dynamic environment. Working in a community legal centre is about making a real difference to people’s lives through the law.

Working in a CLC provides opportunities to be involved in a range of justice work including legal advice and representation, community legal education and policy and law reform work aimed at developing a fairer legal system that better responds to the needs of the disadvantaged.

As well as a broad range of stimulating and challenging work, positions in the community legal sector can offer flexible work hours, regular professional development opportunities and generous charity tax benefits through salary packaging (essentially making part of your salary tax free).

Work in community legal centres requires dedication, innovation, resourcefulness, a commitment to excellence, great communication skills and a passion for social justice.

In addition to job opportunities, there are many other ways to get involved in the work of community legal centres, including secondments, volunteering, or joining a CLC management committee/board.

Current vacancies at the Federation of Community Legal Centres

No vacancies currently exist.


Current vacancies in Victorian community legal centres

Human Rights Law Centre - Indigenous Rights Unit Senior Lawyer (Melbourne)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Lawyer to work in our Indigenous Rights Unit. We are seeking a highly motivated, dynamic and collaborative individual. This position is aimed at lawyers with at least 5 years relevant, post-admission legal practical experience.

This position will work alongside the Unit’s Director and Lawyer. The Senior Lawyer will play a vital role in contributing to all aspects of the Unit’s work. The full recruitment pack is available here. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are strongly encouraged to apply.

For further information about this position, please contact Ruth Barson on 0417 773 037 or ruth.barson@hrlc.org.au

Applications close 3rd June 2016

Barwon Community Legal Service - Seeking Refuge Project

Currently there are approximately 300 Asylum Seekers in Geelong who have fled another country where they have experienced, or were at risk of experiencing torture and persecution.

These people have come to Australia to seek safety and now have one opportunity to seek protection by applying for a Temporary Protection Visa (TPV).

The visa application process is very complex, and requires a detailed written statement outlining their case for a visa. Everything needs to be completed in English.

These people need our help!

The Seeking Refuge Project (SRP) in Geelong is seeking the following volunteers to assist Asylum Seekers to apply for their TPV:

  • Volunteer Administrative Assistants; and
  • Volunteer Lawyers (willing to register as Migration Agents) and Migration Agents.

If you are interested in volunteering as part of this project, please refer to the attached Expression of Interest for an outline of the SRP. Then please read the relevant Position Description, and complete the relevant Volunteer Registration Form and return it to me via email or post.

Download the SRP information and application pack

If you have any questions, please contact Marijana Graljuk from Barwon Community Legal Service on 1300 430 599 or 0468 763 052.


Current vacancies in Australian community legal centres

For jobs in community legal centres across Australia, go to the National Association of Community Legal Centres jobs website.


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