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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

Outcomes Evaluation Consultant and Researcher


The Federation is currently recruiting for the Specialist/Generalist CLC Project, which aims to explore innovative ways to improve collaborative practices between generalist and specialist CLCs to ensure clients with specialist legal needs can access appropriate assistance.

We are looking for an Outcomes Evaluation Consultant and a Researcher to form part of the Project Team.  If you know of anyone who has done excellent evaluation or research work for you in the past, please forward them this link. 

Researcher Terms of Reference 
Outcomes Evaluation Consultant Terms of Reference

The project is funded by Victoria Legal Aid’s Innovation and Transformation Fund.
For further information call Ashwinny Krishna, Federation Director of Sustainability, on 03 96521505

Current vacancies in Victorian community legal centres

Family Violence Solicitor - Case Work Lawyer
Darebin Community Legal Centre 


15 hours per week on 6 month contract

The purpose of the Family Violence Solicitor – Casework Lawyer is to provide casework and limited duty lawyer services as part of the Family Violence Division of the Heidelberg Magistrate’s Court in accordance with the Centre’s annual work plan, policies and procedures, and complying with the professional and ethical standards of legal practice. 

Applications close by 5.00pm Wednesday 22 March 2017
Only applications specifically addressing each Selection Criteria will be considered.

Full PD and Key Selection criteria


Generalist Lawyer - Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre

  • Full time – Fixed Term (7-8 months)

Are you a mature and dynamic lawyer, passionate about social justice and want to work in one of Victoria’s most culturally vibrant and beautiful regional areas?

The Bendigo based Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre (a division of Advocacy & Rights Centre Ltd, T/A - ARC Justice) delivers a range of legal assistance services (casework, education and policy) across North and Central Victoria, including the Goulburn Valley.

ARC Justice is a leading and innovative advocacy and rights organisation that delivers client focused services that empower disadvantaged and vulnerable people in rural and regional Victoria. We elevate justice as an issue in public discourse and advocate for systemic change that upholds human rights.  We are a leader that strengthens the sector, pursuing best practice and innovation through collaboration and being an Employer of Choice.

As well as an attractive salary, 3 days ex gratia between Christmas & New Year’s Day, salary packaging, an accommodation & meal/entertainment packaging is also available. Relocation assistance is also on offer for the right candidate.

In addition to possessing the qualifications necessary to practicing law in Victoria, applicants must have a desire to pursue a career in public interest and community law and have an unrestricted drivers license.

Just 1 ¾ hours from Melbourne by freeway and regularly serviced by train via Kyneton and Castlemaine, LCCLC is based in one of regional Victoria’s most desirable localities, featuring excellent schools, health facilities and cultural experiences.

Applicants are asked to address both the essential and desirable Key Selection Criteria, in the position description. Applicants who do not address all the selection criteria will not be interviewed.

A Position Description can be downloaded from http://lcclc.org.au/about/employment/

Applications need to include a covering letter, resume and preferably in no more than three A4 pages address the selection criteria in be addressed to Ms Chris Sedgman, Operations Manager, ARC Justice and emailed by 9:00am, Wednesday 16th March 2017, to recruitment@arcjustice.org.au

Enquiries to be addressed to Ms Clare Sauro (03) 5445 0909.


School Lawyer - West Justice

The School Lawyer will be responsible for engaging with the school community for the purpose of assisting ‘at risk’ youth and their families with legal issues.

A salary range of $65,000 - $72,000 per annum (depending on experience) plus salary packaging is available.

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 Monday 27 March 2017. Interviews will be conducted the following week. Referees will be requested post interview.

Position Description
 

Multiple positions - Peninsula Community Legal Centre

Community Lawyer

Peninsula Community Legal Centre Inc. seeks an experienced Community Lawyer 21hrs p.w (three days) to provide legal advice and casework services primarily from our Frankston Office Family Violence/Family Law experience and working in a CLC is desirable.

Position Description:  PD Community Lawyer – March 2017

Applications Close: 10 March 2017 by 5.00pm

Community Lawyer – Family Violence

Peninsula Community Legal Centre Inc. is seeking an experienced Community Lawyer 21hrs p.w. (three days)  to provide family violence related legal advice and casework services from our Frankston, Rosebud and Cranbourne offices.    The position is for fixed term of nine months. Family Violence Experience is essential.

Position Description:  PD – Community Lawyer Family Violence March 2017

Applications Close: 10 March 2017 by 5.00pm

For further information about the above positions, please contact Jackie Galloway or Victoria Mullings on 03 9783 3600.

Applications in writing to the CEO via pclc@pclc.org.au.


 

Legal Triage Coordinator - Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

The Legal Triage Coordinator oversees access and appropriate referral for people seeking asylum in need of legal assistance. All requests for legal assistance received by the Human Rights Law Program (HRLP) are processed by the Legal Triage team. The Legal Triage Coordinator will manage a team of legal volunteers to process a high volume of requests for legal assistance, including drop in appointments, telephone advice and email requests. The Legal Triage Coordinator will work collaboratively with the HRLP team to ensure timely assessments of matters, appropriate referrals to legal assistance and access to legal assistance for asylum seekers in a rapidly changing and complex environment.

Location
This role will be located at the ASRC Head Office in Footscray.

Hours of work
The position is a full-time, 5 day per week position.

For further information, please refer to the position description.

Applications close 13th March 2017


 

Training Coordinator, Not-for-profit Law VIC - Justice Connect

We are currently seeking a Training Coordinator to assist the Training and Education Managers and Lawyers of Not-for-profit Law to deliver a unique and in-demand program of legal training to build capacity within community organisations.

As the Training Coordinator, you’ll play a vital part in the delivery of low-cost training sessions by pro bono lawyers and Not-for-profit Law lawyers. Your organisational and planning skills will be critical to the delivery and expansion of Not-for-profit Law’s customised legal training program, which is provided on a fee-for-service basis for local councils, not-for-profit peak bodies and networks across Victoria (and increasingly NSW). You will also support NFP Law’s public access training offerings, including webinars and face-to-face training sessions.

If you are an experienced administrator wanting to direct your energies to building a strong and resilient community sector, this is a sensational opportunity to join a dynamic organisation that shares your vision of a fair and just society.

How to apply

Applications should be addressed to Liz Morgan 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 “Training Coordinator, Not-for-Profit Law via FCLC” in the email subject line. Applications close 5pm Thursday 9 March 2017 and shortlisted applicants will be contacted by telephone.

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


 

Fundraising Coordinator - Human Rights Law Centre

  •          0.8 to 1.0 EFT
  •          Based in our Melbourne office

The Human Rights Law Centre is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights in Australia and Australian activities overseas.

The HRLC is currently seeking a Fundraising Coordinator with a passion for promoting human rights to coordinate and enhance our fundraising activities.

Fundraising is critical to the quality, volume and impact of the Human Rights Law Centre’s work. We’ve grown from a single staff member in 2006 to an organisation of over 15 staff with an annual budget of over $1.5 million. Are you the one to help us continue to strengthen our support base and expand our impact?

Reporting to the Executive Director, this is an ongoing position based in Melbourne available full time (38 hours per week) or 0.8 EFT (30.4 hours per week). The equivalent full-time salary will be up to $67,000 plus superannuation and other benefits including generous charity salary packaging options to increase take home pay.

Download the recruitment pack, for selection criteria and how to apply.

Applications close on Wednesday 8 March 2017.


 

Community Development Co-ordinator - Eastern Community Legal Centre (Outer East)

  • Join a team of community development and partnership specialists
  • Opportunity to innovate through community initiatives and projects
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging, leave loading, additional paid leave over Christmas/New Year and on-site parking

The Organisation

Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC) has been working with individuals and communities for over 40 years to resolve legal problems and improve legal responses.  ECLC makes legal assistance available to those in the community who would not otherwise have access to a lawyer, whilst prioritising services and programs to people and communities experiencing disadvantage.

The Role

As a key members of the Partnerships & Community Development team, you will be responsible for co-ordinating community development, legal education and discrete projects in the Outer Eastern region, in addition to developing strong community partnerships. 

Skills Required

You will have tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline and be community-minded with a strong background in community development, project co-ordination and stakeholder relations. Specifically, you will have:

  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • the ability to engage effectively with the community
  • the ability to develop and deliver community development initiatives
  • project co-ordination experience
  • the ability to build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders

This position is part-time (3 days per week) based at ECLC’s Boronia location for a fixed, 12-month period (with possibility of extension).  Attractive remuneration will be negotiated with the successful applicant based on qualifications, skills and experience. 

The position description and further information is available at www.eclc.org.au/employment

Applications close at 5.00pm on Monday, 13 March 2017

Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered


 

Child Protection lawyer - Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

  • Opportunity to make a difference to Aboriginal families and children
  • 12 month full-time role based in Preston and Broadmeadows
  • Court and casework experience
The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service is Victoria’s peak Aboriginal Community controlled generalist legal practice and community legal support organization, undertaking criminal, civil and family law. The VALS Family team is expanding to meet the increasing demand for family law services, and is seeking lawyers who are able to work with skill, empathy, and cultural respect and understanding for Aboriginal clients.

An exciting opportunity has come up for an experienced lawyer to join the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Co-operative Ltd’s (VALS) Youth and Family team.  This position ideally requires a lawyer with substantial experience in child protection law, and some experience in youth crime, family law and intervention orders. The position involves child protection casework and appearances, and some duty lawyer work for children mainly around the Broadmeadows Children’s Court and Koori Court days.
This is a full-time position for approximately 12 months, ending in April 2018.

Specialisation or VLA certifier status in family law, youth crime or child protection will be considered favourably.

Salary is based on the VALS Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, Legal Officer 3.2-3.5 ($61,454 – $70,065

How to apply for this position
Please provide:
  • Cover letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • Statement addressing the key selection criteria
  • CV, including education and training, professional experience and two referees.
Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au by 9am on Monday 20 March 2017. Click here to download a full position description and selection criteria.

**Please note: this is a deadline extension - previous applicants will still be considered**


Family lawyer - Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

  • Opportunity to make a difference to Aboriginal families
  • 3 day per week 12 month role based in Preston
  • Court and casework experience
The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service is Victoria’s peak Aboriginal Community controlled generalist legal practice and community legal support organization, undertaking criminal, civil and family law. The VALS Family team is expanding to meet the increasing demand for family law services, and is seeking lawyers who are able to work with skill, empathy, and cultural respect and understanding for Aboriginal clients.

An exciting opportunity has come up for an experienced family lawyer to join the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Co-operative Ltd’s (VALS) Youth and Family team. This position ideally requires a lawyer with substantial experience (around 3 years post admission) in family law. The position involves undertaking family law casework for Aboriginal clients, including extended family members and children if possible.

Specialisation or VLA certifier status in family law, youth crime or child protection will be considered favourably.

This is a part-time (0.6) position for approximately 12 months, ending in April 2018.

Salary is based on the VALS Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, Legal Officer 3.2-3.5 ($61,454 – $70,065 (0.6 pro-rata)

How to apply for this position
Please provide:
  • Cover letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • Statement addressing the key selection criteria
  • CV, including education and training, professional experience and two referees.
Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au by 9am on Monday 20 March 2017. Click here to download a full position description and selection criteria.

**Please note: this is a deadline extension - previous applicants will still be considered**


Family violence duty lawyer - Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

  • Opportunity to make a difference to Aboriginal families and young people

  • 12 month role based in Preston and Melbourne

  • Court and casework experience
The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service is Victoria’s peak Aboriginal Community controlled generalist legal practice and community legal support organization, undertaking criminal, civil and family law. The VALS Family team is expanding to meet the increasing demand for family law services, and is seeking lawyers who are able to work with skill, empathy, and cultural respect and understanding for Aboriginal clients.

An exciting opportunity has come up for a young lawyer to join the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Co-operative Ltd’s (VALS) Youth and Family team. This position requires a lawyer with 12 months’ post admission experience in the area of family violence and intervention orders, or other equivalent experience that means you are court-ready. The position involves duty lawyering for Aboriginal family violence applicants and respondents and may also include undertaking some youth crime, child protection or family law tasks, depending on experience.

This is a full-time position for approximately 12 months, ending in April 2018.

Salary is based on the VALS Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, Legal Officer 3.1-3.3 (58,583-64,325)

How to apply for this position
Please provide a
  • Cover letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • Statement addressing the key selection criteria
  • CV, including education and training, professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au by 9am on Monday 20 March 2017. Click here to download a full position description and selection criteria.


Community Lawyer - St. Kilda Legal Service

  • Full-time Position

St. Kilda Legal Service is a  community legal centre seeking an experienced lawyer with the required skills in a rewarding and challenging position. The Drug Outreach Lawyer (DOL) position is responsible for providing a flexible outreach service  to individuals who have legal issues related to drug or alcohol addiction, homelessness, street sex work, or individuals who are linked to a mental health service and have a legal issue.  The role involves the provision of advocacy, casework, advice and referral services and participation in relevant legal education and law reform activities.

The lawyer will work closely within a small staff  team and with local community agencies in the provision of required services. Essential experience in areas of law such as;  criminal law,  fines, debt, victims of crime, family law, domestic violence and some guardianship and administration. Must be eligible to hold a Victorian Practising Certificate and demonstrate a commitment to social justice. The position is full time -38 hours per week classified under the Social Community Home Care and Disability Services (SCHADS) Industry Award. Salary packaging is available. 

For job description phone: 9534 0777.

Applications to: Philip C. Cottier Principal Lawyer, St. Kilda Legal Service,161 Chapel Street, St. Kilda 3182

Email: philip@skls.org.au

Closing Date: 8th March 2017 


 

Lawyer - Barwon Community Legal Service

  • 0.6 – 1.0 EFT

Barwon Community Legal Service is an independent not-for-profit organisation providing fee-free legal advice, referral, casework and education to the local community. Our busy service provides a wide range of legal, education and support services to a diverse client base.
 
This is a great opportunity to join our integrated team. The work will be varied and involves providing information, advice, court & tribunal representation, casework and community education to clients as well as participating in community development, policy and law reform activities. The ideal candidate will have (or be willing to develop) broad legal knowledge and a strong commitment to the principles of social justice and community legal centre practice.
 
We provide a varied, professional, engaging and supportive work environment and will consider flexible work arrangements. Our staff are valued for their contribution and commitment and supported in their professional development aspirations. Above award salary, bonus leave and leave loading apply. Generous salary packaging including general expense and meals & entertainment is also available.
 
All applications must address the selection criteria. For further information including a Position Description, please contact Mandi Hyland on 1300 430 599.
 
BCLS is an equal opportunity employer.


 

Family Violence Lawyer - St. Kilda Legal Service

  • Part time position (7 day fortnight)

St. Kilda Legal Service is seeking a Family Violence Lawyer to provide a duty lawyer service at Moorabbin Justice Centre when family violence matters are listed with follow up casework assistance on family law matters, victims of crime applications and related matters in a rewarding and challenging position. There may also be scope for limited outreach opportunities, involving legal education, for the target client group. You will work very closely with the local community and agencies. Essential experience  as a solicitor  advocate in the Magistrates Court, preferably experience in intervention order matters, criminal law, victims of crime, family law, and  family violence.  Must be eligible to hold a Victorian Practising Certificate and committed to social justice.  The position is part time /7 day fortnight as classified under the Social Community Home Care and Disability Services (SCHADS) Industry Award.  Salary commensurate with experience. Salary packaging is available. 
 
For job description phone: 9534 0777

Applications to: Suzy Fox, Administration Officer, St. Kilda Legal Service, 161 Chapel Street, St. Kilda 3182
E: suzy@skls.org.au

Closing Date: 3 March 2017

 

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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