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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


Lawyer, Prisoner Legal Help line, Victoria Legal Aid 

 
  • Full time maximum term positions up to April 2019
  • Salary commensurate with experience, range: $62,039 - $80,283 plus superannuation
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging

About the role: 
Legal Help currently provides legal advice, intake, assessment, legal information and referral advice, predominantly by telephone, to over 110,000 callers each year in different languages and on a wide variety of legal issues. The Legal Help team has recently expanded and will now include dedicated staff to provide services to Victorian Prisoners.

We are currently recruiting for two experienced lawyers to provide high quality and accurate legal advice over the telephone on a wide range of legal matters. You will ensure services are accessible, efficient and appropriate to the caller and you will contribute to providing a centre of excellence for triage, intake and assessment and contributing to best practice service delivery initiatives.

You will initially gain experience in the wider Legal Help team, before working within the dedicated prisoner legal help team.

View full Position Description here.  


Applications close: 2 Sep 16


Human Rights Law Centre - Operations Coordinator

The Human Rights Law Centre, a leading national human rights legal advocacy organisation, is seeking an Operations Coordinator for a part-time (0.6EFT) 12 month position based in Melbourne.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Operations Coordinator will play an important role in coordinating the HRLC’s operations. This is a new role working three days per week for a 12 month fixed term with a possibility of extension subject to funding.
This role will work closely with the HRLC’s Executive Director, Fundraising Coordinator and Communications Director and will support the HRLC team. The role will also involve close liaison with Justice Connect. The HRLC shares offices with Justice Connect and Justice Connect provides a range of shared services to the HRLC including IT, finance, reception and premises support.

Click here for full Position Description.

Closing date: Wednesday 31 August 2016

 


Solicitor - University of Melbourne Student Union

Location: Advocacy & Legal Division, University of Melbourne Student Union Ltd (UMSU)
 Newly created position
 28 hours per week (days to be negotiated)
 Contribute to developing Community Legal Education (CLE), Law Reform
and Volunteer Programs

UMSU is currently seeking a Solicitor to provide legal advice and limited representation to
students of the University; deliver CLE including workshops and web based provision of legal
information; support paralegal volunteers to develop and disseminate materials relevant to
students’ legal concerns; and identify and progress law reform submissions on matters of
importance to students at this University.

This is a part time (0.8 FTE, 28 hours per week), continuing position with an annual salary
package of $89K (pro‐rata) negotiable, dependent on the successful candidate’s knowledge,
skills and experience.
Applicants are required to provide a written application addressing the Selection Criteria as
outlined in the position description 

Applications are due no later than 5pm, 5 September 2016.


WESTERN COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRE - Junior Family Violence Lawyer and Tenancy Lawyer

WEstjustice is seeking to employ a full time junior lawyer on a fixed term contract (expiring 31 October 2017) to be part of the family violence team and the tenancy team.


The lawyer will join the family violence legal team and tenancy legal team to undertake work that will improve the lives of women and children experiencing family violence, and to help vulnerable tenants engage their tenancy rights. The lawyer will be based at the Werribee office but will be required to work at the Sunshine Magistrates Court, VCAT (Werribee and Sunshine) and at CoHealth in Braybrook. The lawyer will also be required to operate tenancy clinics at the Werribee and Footscray offices.


A salary range of $58,000 - $65,000 per annum (depending on experience) with salary packaging is available.
A copy of the position description is available here.


To apply, please email a short cover letter, your CV and your responses to the key selection criteria to admin@westjustice.org.au addressed to Mr Denis Nelthorpe, CEO, by 5.00pm on Friday 26 August 2016.


Murray Mallee Community Legal Service - Generalist Solicitor

The Murray Mallee Community Legal Service (MMCLS) is looking for an experienced Generalist Solicitor to join their dynamic Legal Team focusing on access to justice issues, social justice and human rights at the coal face. The MMCLS, as auspiced by Mallee Family Care, is a program delivered to the Northern and Southern Mallee of Victoria and South West New South Wales. The service offers free, confidential legal advice, information, referral, casework, community legal education and engages in law reform activities. If you are looking for a ‘River Change’ then this is the position for you, come travel along the beautiful Murray River on outreach, liaise with dynamic community networks, work across many legal areas and develop a rural regional remote perspective of community legal life.

For a detailed position description please visit the Mallee Family Care Website:  www.malleefamilycare.com.au/careers
For additional information please contact Lisa-Maree Stevens - Director Community Services on 03 5023 5966 or email lmstevens@malleefamilycare.com.au

Applications close 5.00pm Saturday 27th August 2016


Peninsular Community Legal Centre - Senior Family Lawyer

Peninsula Community Legal Centre Inc. is seeking a  Senior Family Lawyer, 35hrs p.w. This position will work within the Family Law Continuity Project team to provide high quality and timely legal services to priority client groups, particularly clients affected by family violence who fit within Victorian Legal Aid guidelines. The senior family lawyer will provide advice, casework, court representation, community legal education, law reform and referral services.  The position is for a fixed term of 24 months.

Please see our website www.pclc.org.au for the position description 

For further information please contact Jackie Galloway  9783 3600

Applications in writing to:
CEO at pclc@pclc.org.au 
by 5.00pm, 26 August 2016


 

Peninsular Community Legal Centre - Community Family Lawyer

Peninsula Community Legal Centre Inc. is seeking a Community Family Lawyer, 28hrs p.w. This position will work within the Family Law Continuity project team to provide high quality and timely legal services to priority client groups particularly clients affected by family violence who fit within Victorian Legal Aid guidelines. The community family lawyer will provide advice, casework, court representation, community legal education, law reform and referral services.  The position is for a fixed term of 24 months.

Please see our website www.pclc.org.au for the position description 

For further information please
contact Jackie Galloway  9783 3600

Applications in writing to the 
CEO at pclc@pclc.org.au 
by 5.00pm, 26 August 2016  


Peninsular Community Legal Centre - Community Lawyer

Peninsula Community Legal Centre Inc. is seeking a 1st / 2nd  year Community Lawyer, 35hrs p.w. This position will work within the family law continuity project team to provide high quality and timely legal services to priority client groups particularly clients affected by family violence who fit within Victorian Legal Aid guidelines. The community lawyer will provide support to the team with the drafting of family law and associated documents, provision of advice and casework services, community legal education, law reform, referral services and administrative tasks.  The position is for a fixed term of 24 months.

Please see our website www.pclc.org.au for the position description 

For further information please
contact Jackie Galloway  9783 3600

Applications in writing to the 
CEO at pclc@pclc.org.au 
by 5.00pm, 26 August 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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