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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

No vacancies currently exist.

Current vacancies in Victorian community legal centres

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


 

Enhanced Entry and Intake Co-ordinator – Eastern Community Legal Centre

Seeking an experienced social worker/advocate/case manager with skills in partnership development and project coordination to enhance complex client services within a community legal practice.

  • Part-time (3 days per week; 12-month contract)
  • Opportunity to co-ordinate a sector-leading pilot program
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging, leave loading and additional paid leave over Christmas/New Year

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.

Established through funding from a Victoria Legal Aid, CLC Innovation & Transformation Grant, the Enhanced Entry Project seeks to develop and implement a superior system of holistic legal help to priority client groups, including:

  • Children and young people
  • People experiencing or at risk of family violence
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Older people
  • People who experience language or cultural barriers and other disadvantage
  • People experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • People with a disability or mental illness

The Role

As a key member of the legal practice, the Enhanced Entry and Intake Co-ordinator will work alongside lawyers, project and other intake personnel as part of a specialist program within the broader legal practice. The Co-ordinator must have experience in complex case management, advocacy or alike, and the ability to demonstrate a positive, creative and collaborative approach to delivering support services within a legal context. 

The Co-ordinator will deliver two key objectives of the Enhanced Entry Project:

  1. To develop, document, implement and review a Centre-wide Triage Framework; and
  2. To develop and pilot an Enhanced Intake Service with high priority clients with complex issues.

Skills Required

You will be tertiary qualified in Health/Social Sciences/Law, and/or have extensive experience in the community/welfare sector. You will be a compassionate person who respects people, their circumstances and decisions. You will be able to effectively manage tasks and deadlines while maintaining a high degree of self-awareness, resilience and professionalism. Specifically, you will have:

  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • experience in project co-ordination and partnership development
  • experience delivering culturally safe services
  • experience working with vulnerable client groups with complex needs

This position is part-time (3 days per week) based at ECLC’s Box Hill location for a fixed, 12-month period. 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, 27 February 2017

Applications that do not address the selection criteria contained in the position description 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.


 

Principal Community Lawyer - St. Kilda Legal Service

  • Full-time Position

St. Kilda Legal Service seeks a managing Principal Lawyer to lead its community legal centre. St. Kilda Legal Service is one of the oldest CLC’s operating in Victoria and assists vulnerable and marginalised Victorians within the catchment area.
 
The Principal Lawyer will have overall responsibility for the management of the legal practice team and contribute to the ongoing strategic development of St. Kilda Legal Service.  The Principal Lawyer will supervise all legal staff and oversee the work of all legal programs and projects. The current team at St. Kilda Legal Service consists of the Principal Lawyer, Family Violence Lawyer, Drug Outreach Lawyer, a Community Education and Reform Lawyer, a Volunteer Coordinator and Office Manager.
 
In what is a fast paced, challenging and rewarding position, the Principal Lawyer is responsible for ensuring the quality of legal advice, casework and referrals. The Principal Lawyer is also required to arrange training, and conduct regular supervision of  the service’s legal practitioners and volunteer lawyers.
 
In addition, the Principal Lawyer is required to carry a caseload with demonstrated experience in criminal, family or civil law, together with demonstrated management and business planning skills to manage the performance of the team and will be accountable to the Board of St. Kilda Legal Service for that performance.
 
The candidate must have strong interpersonal skills and solid experience in criminal law, fines, debt, victims of crime, family law, family violence and discrimination law.  Must be eligible to hold a full Victorian Practising Certificate and committed to social justice.  The position is full time classified under the Social Community Home Care and Disability Services (SCHADS) Industry Award.  Salary level 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: 24 February 2017


 

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


 

Family Lawyer - Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre (St Albans / Melton)

  • Do you have a passion to work within the Community legal Sector?
  • Are you looking for a challenging role in a dynamic multidisciplinary organisation?
  • Full Time position (part time will be considered)
  • 2 year fixed-term contract
  • Salary Range $68,000 to $75,000, (plus superannuation)
  • Flexible work conditions and salary packaging benefits on offer

Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre (BMCLC) is a program of Comm Unity Plus 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.

The Family Lawyer will primarily focus on family law and family violence, undertaking advice and casework at both our St Albans and Melton offices, as well as offsite through the Bacchus Marsh Magistrates Court and our Health Justice partnerships. The role will also deliver community legal education in our catchment and participate in systemic law reform work as directed by the Principal and the Program Manager- Legal Practice.

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 2 years experience.
You will work with a friendly and supportive team committed to delivering a high standard of service. A current Drivers Licence and the ability to travel between offices and outreaches are essential for this role.

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: Family Lawyer

A copy of the Position Description can be found on our website under the Working With Us tab and then by clicking on the 'Employment' section at
www.comm-unityplus.org.au

Applications close 9pm on Monday, 27 February 2017. For further information, please call Marlene Dixon on 0427023343.


 

Generalist Lawyer - Western Community Legal Centre

WEstjustice is seeking a motivated and passionate lawyer for a full time Generalist Lawyer position on a one year fixed term contract (the position may be extended depending on funding).

The Generalist Lawyer will join the WEstjustice team to undertake civil casework between our Werribee, Footscray and Sunshine offices.

The Generalist Lawyer will be based predominately at our Werribee office, but may be required to attend other locations as the role requires.

A salary range of $60,000 - $68,000 per annum (depending on experience) plus salary packaging is available.

Requests for part time job share arrangements will be considered

A copy of the position description is available here.

For more information about WEstjustice, please visit our website (www.westjustice.org.au)

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 24 February 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

About WEstjustice:
WEstjustice is a multidisciplinary, community-based legal centre committed to improving justice outcomes for the people of western Melbourne, and especially the most vulnerable in our community. It was formed in July 2015 through the amalgamation of the Footscray, Wyndham and Western Suburbs Community Legal Centres, which brought a long and proud history and experience to the new organisation.

WEstjustice is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce.

 

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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