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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


Project Manager

Part-time position  - 22.8 hours per week

18-month fixed term

Pro rata of full time salary package $83,048

The Project Manager will lead the reinventing referral, support and co-case management relationships between Victorian community legal centres Project. 

This project seeks to research and test models to improve access to, and integration of, specialisation within Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in Victoria. Currently there are a number of specialist CLCs (those with specialist expertise in particular areas of law or communities) in addition to generalist CLCs in Victoria. This project will research, test and determine effective ways to share expertise between CLCs, thereby building capacity of centres to assist their clients in particular areas and providing better access to justice.
The project will consult with the sector to better understand the current practice, document and analyse a range of approaches and models that could be developed, and co-ordinate testing and evaluation.
The Project Manager will be responsible for day-to-day management and co-ordination of the project, including management of a researcher/consultant to be contracted for 6 months to undertake the research component of the project.

The Project Manager will report to the Manager – Operations and Sector Support and a project steering committee comprising of representatives of a number of community legal centres and staff from Victoria Legal Aid.
The Project Manager will be expected to quickly develop a good understanding of specialist and generalist legal practice in the CLC sector and develop and maintain constructive relationships with all stakeholders throughout the duration of the project

The Project Manager will lead and deliver the project across its two phases:
1. Research Phase (6 months) – This phase will include in-depth consultation with the sector to document current practices and approaches to sharing and accessing specialisation, and development of a range of models to be tested in phase two. This work will be undertaken primarily by a contracted researcher/consultant to be employed and based at the Federation.

2. Pilot Projects Phase (12 months) – This phase will see the testing of a number of models of practice in the sector. This will involve invitation to a selection of CLCs to undertake the pilots, and be involved in planning, co-ordination and evaluation. It is envisaged that each pilot will be led by a CLC in partnership with 1 or more CLCs. It is likely the CLCs involved will geographically include a mix of metropolitan, outer urban, regional and rural CLCs.

3. Duties:
- Develop a detailed project plan, including a work plan which identifies and sequences the activities needed tosuccessfully complete the project and identifies resourcing requirements.  


- Manage, coordinate and provide financial control of the project.

- On-going review and refinement of the project scope in collaboration with the project Steering Committee.

- Recruitment and management of the researcher/consultant.

- Organise associated events and meetings.

- Establish a communication schedule to update stakeholders on the progress of the project.

- Ensure an evaluation framework is in place and data is collected during the Pilot project phase.

- Monitor progress and make adjustments as necessary to ensure the successful completion of the project.

- Review the quality of the work completed with the project team on a regular basis to ensure that it meets the project standards.

- Ensure that the project deliverables are on time, within budget and at the required level of quality.

- Evaluate the outcomes of the project as established during the planning phase.

- Provide secretarial support for the Steering Committee.

- Perform other relevant tasks as required.

- For a copy of the full position description and key selection criteria click here.

4. Applications
Applications should include a CV and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria. Short-listed applicants will be asked to provide details of at least two referees. Applications via email are preferred.
Applications should be addressed to:
Cate Edwards, Manager – Operations and Sector Support
Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic) Inc.
Level 3, 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne
E: cate@fclc.org.au

Current vacancies in Victorian community legal centres

Justice Connect - Senior Lawyer, Referral Service VIC

Justice Connect provides a professional, efficient and effective system for the provision of pro bono legal services, both for clients and for pro bono lawyers. Justice Connect acts as a go-between for pro bono legal assistance between the community and the private legal profession.

We are currently seeking a Senior Lawyer to play a vital role in delivering pro bono services to people experiencing disadvantage through facilitating referrals to Justice Connect member firms and barristers.

If you are admitted as a legal practitioner in Victoria, eligible to hold an unrestricted practising certificate, hold knowledge of the legal issues facing marginalised and disadvantaged clients, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a desire to make a difference for human rights and social justice through law reform and advocacy, we look forward to hearing from you.

Applications should be addressed to Alan Yang and should comprise of a single word or PDF file including cover letter and/or a succinct statement outlining your suitability for the role with reference to the selection criteria (as per the attached recruitment pack) and a current resume.

Applications should be emailed to hr@justiceconnect.org.au as in a single word or PDF file including “Senior Lawyer, Referral Service” in the email subject line. 

We welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Applications close 9am Thursday 27 October 2016 and shortlisted applicants will be contacted by telephone.

Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre – Senior Lawyer, family violence

  • Are you looking for a challenging role is a senior position?
  • Do you have a passion to work within the Community Legal Sector?
  • Deliver quality legal services and increase access to justice for culturally and linguistically diverse clients
  • Engage in meaningful community development work
  • Salary in excess of $80K Pro Rata
  • Salary packaging benefits on offer

Comm Unity Plus Services Ltd (commUnity+) delivers a range of early intervention and prevention programs through high quality Adult Education, Neighbourhood House, Legal (through the Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre) and Family Support programs as well as community engagement and development activities.

Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre (BMCLC) is a program of commUnity+ and provides free legal services, advice, referrals and community legal education. BMCLC services one of the fastest growing and most culturally diverse regions in Melbourne and has offices in St. Albans, Melton and Bacchus Marsh.

Applicants must:

  • Hold a Bachelor of Laws and be either admitted or be eligible for admission as a legal practitioner in Victoria with a minimum of 3 years post-admission experience. 
  • Have and commitment to and interest in social justice issues, and to working with individuals from diverse and disadvantaged communities.
  • Hold a current Drivers Licence

Qualifications or Experience in Project Management will also be considered favourably.

You will work with a friendly and supportive team committed to delivering a high standard of service.  commUnity+ offers a competitive remuneration package, on-going professional development and a flexible working environment. If you are looking for a role to build on your existing experience, then we would love to hear from you.

A copy of the Position Description can be found on our website under “Work or Volunteer”/”Employment” section at: www.comm-unityplus.org.au

Applications must include; a cover letter, a response to the key selection criteria and a current resume.

Please forward your application via email to: jobs@comm-unityplus.org.au, using the subject line: Senior Lawyer – Family Violence.

Applications close 9.00 am on Monday 31st October 2016

For further information, please call Andrew Burns on 0413-847-315

Social Security Rights Victoria – Director

Social Security Rights Victoria (SSRV) is seeking an outstanding Director to help forward the strategic objectives of the organisation.  The Director will provide strong leadership to a small staff team and volunteers to deliver innovative legal services to some of the community’s most vulnerable.  Experience in management in a social or community services organisation, and a passion for leading social change, are required attributes of any applicant.  Legal qualifications, including an unrestricted Legal Practicing Certificate, are desired by not essential. 

SSRV is the specialist community legal centre for social security law issues.  SSRV provides legal advice, assistance and education to vulnerable members of the Victorian community. SSRV’s guiding values are social justice, especially rights of natural justice, quality services, responsibility to our clients and stakeholders and integrity in our service provision. SSRV’s mission is to secure the right to equitable social security entitlements for all Victorians by pursing law and policy reform, providing quality legal advice and education and training services. SSRV is a member of the Federation of Community Legal Centres and the National Welfare Rights Network.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversight and management of SSRV strategic direction
  • Working with funders and other key stakeholders to ensure SSRV are compliant with all reporting requirements
  • Provide leadership, supervision and guidance to SSRV staff and coordinate SSRV’s day-to-day operations
  • Involves partnership, community development and stakeholder management activities

Hours of work & Conditions

  • 4 day per week position (0.8 EFT), 30.4 hours per week.  Flexible and work from home arrangements can be considered
  • The position is ongoing, subject to a probation period
  • Salary - $78,000 - $82,000 pro rata (based on level of experience)

Further enquiries
Please contact SSRV Director Ben Zika at director@ssrv.org.au or (03) 9481 0299 for a comprehensive position description.

Environmental Justice Australia - Lawyer (2 positions)

If you are a new lawyer (up to 3 years post admission) with a burning desire to use your legal skills for justice and sustainability, then we’d like to hear from you. 

As with all of our roles, these positions will involve working with community and environment groups on environmental issues, using your legal skills and experience to support campaigns for environmental justice.  Depending on your experience and interests, we might have you working on projects tackling pollution, energy transition and more.


Ideally, on top of your environmental law knowledge and relationship-building skills, you’ll have political or campaigning experience, be media savvy and also a great communicator. You’ll be a strategic big picture thinker, but also able roll up your sleeves and provide support to community campaigns, giving legal advice and writing submissions and reports.


Visit the Environmental Justice Australia website for details, position description and how to apply.


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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