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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


Darebin Community Legal Centre - Family Law Solicitor

Darebin Community Legal Centre (DCLC) is seeking a qualified and skilled family law lawyer for 30 hours to provide enhanced family law legal services for those with family violence matters. The Family Law Solicitor will join our Darebin Intervention Order Service (DIOS) legal team to provide integrated legal and non-legal support to clients and their families before, during and after the finalisation of family violence intervention order applications.

The Centre has prioritised assisting those who are 'at risk' or are experiencing family violence for a number of years and provides holistic, integrated advice, referral and limited representation to family violence clients in related family and civil law legal matters. DIOS provides a duty lawyer service, primarily for applicants at the Family Violence Division of the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court, which currently is based at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

The role has responsibility for providing casework services which will include providing legal advice, undertaking casework and some representation in the Family Law Court and Federal Magistrates’ Circuit Court and where appropriate briefing counsel for clients of DIOS and disadvantaged members of the community who are experiencing family violence.

See more information here.  
Download Position Description here.  

Applications close by 5.00pm Monday 8 August 2016


Inner Melbourne Community Legal - Office Manager

Inner Melbourne Community Legal (IMCL) is seeking a highly motivated, well organised and skilled Office Manager dedicated to supporting our dynamic community legal practice. You would work closely with the CEO and our team of amazing social justice lawyers at our office in North Melbourne.
The successful applicant will be capable of running an office of around 12 people and skilled in dealing with a wide range of clients. They will also provide legal admin support for lawyers, coordinate our roster of volunteers, have excellent attention to detail and possess excellent IT skills.

The position is full-time until 30 June 2017 (4 days/week thereafter).

Please send applications to katie.valenta@imcl.org.au. Applications must address the selection criteria – see position description at www.imcl.org.au/employment.

The closing date for applications is 9am Wednesday 3 August 2016.

Inner Melbourne Community Legal - Administrative Assistant

Inner Melbourne Community Legal (IMCL) is recruiting a part-time Administrative assistant   who will undertake the crucial role of managing our reception to ensure a professional, welcoming and helpful first point of contact for IMCL. The Admin Assistant will have an understanding of community legal issues, great IT skills, be really well organised and motivated to implement, develop and improve systems. This new position will work closely with the CEO and our team of dedicated social justice lawyers at our office in North Melbourne.

The successful applicant will also be skilled in dealing with a wide range of people, show excellent attention to detail and have a keen interest in the work of IMCL.

The position is 3 days/week and runs until 30 June 2017

Please send applications to katie.valenta@imcl.org.au. Applications must address the selection criteria – see position description at www.imcl.org.au/employment

The closing date for applications is 9am Wednesday 3 August 2016.


Family Law Solicitor - Darebin Community Legal Centre 

Darebin Community Legal Centre (DCLC) is seeking a qualified and skilled family law lawyer for 30 hours to provide enhanced family law legal services for those with family violence matters. The Family Law Solicitor will join our Darebin Intervention Order Service (DIOS) legal team to provide integrated legal and non-legal support to clients and their families before, during and after the finalisation of family violence intervention order applications.

The Centre has prioritised assisting those who are 'at risk' or are experiencing family violence for a number of years and provides holistic, integrated advice, referral and limited representation to family violence clients in related family and civil law legal matters. DIOS provides a duty lawyer service, primarily for applicants at the Family Violence Division of the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court, which currently is based at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

The role has responsibility for providing casework services which will include providing legal advice, undertaking casework and some representation in the Family Law Court and Federal Magistrates’ Circuit Court and where appropriate briefing counsel for clients of DIOS and disadvantaged members of the community who are experiencing family violence.

The Family Law Solicitor will also assist in providing information to community workers about family law matters, intervention orders and other related legal issues; liaise with relevant local agencies and community workers; and assist with community legal education and volunteer training.

 A strong focus on social justice and community development is essential.

Salary is classified under the Community Legal Centres Multi Business Agreement Victoria2006-2009, Social Community Home Care and Disability Services Industry award 2010 level 6.

The key selection criteria are available here.

Only applications specifically addressing each Selection Criteria will be considered.

Please send applications marked ‘confidential’ to:  The Chairperson, Darebin Community Legal Centre, 732 High Street, Thornbury VIC 3071 or Email to manager_darebin@clc.net.au

For Enquiries please email manager_darebin@clc.net.au

Applications close by 5.00pm Monday 8 August 2016


Justice Connect - Finance Manager (Melbourne) 

We are seeking a Finance Manager to join our Shared Services team at Justice Connect. The Shared Services team provides support, advice and expertise across the organisation and is responsible for managing the physical work environment, developing and maintaining information technology tools to support the work of Justice Connect, recruitment and development of staff, management of and accountability for funds, and implementation of fundraising, events and communications strategies. The Shared Services team also oversees the governance and compliance obligations of Justice Connect.
 
The Human Rights Law Centre is co-located with Justice Connect and the two organisations regularly collaborate on a range of issues. The Shared Services team provides a range of support services to the Human Rights Law Centre on a fee for service basis.
 
The Finance Manager will be responsible for the financial operations of Justice Connect and the Human Rights Law Centre and for providing senior management with strategic financial analysis and advice. The position undertakes the full range of financial activities including accounting, budgeting, treasury and asset control to ensure the effective and efficient achievement of each organisation’s vision.
 
If you have strong financial management and interpersonal skills, experience in the not-for-profit sector, and a desire to make a difference for human rights and social justice, we look forward to hearing from you.
 
Applications should be addressed to Sophie Gordon-Clark, Chief Operating Officer and should comprise a single word or PDF file including cover letter, your resume, and a succinct statement outlining your suitability for the role with reference to the selection criteria as per the recruitment pack. Applications should be emailed to hr@justiceconnect.org.au as a single word or PDF file including “Finance Manager” in the email subject line.
 

Applications close 9am Monday 8 August 2016 and shortlisted applicants will be contacted by telephone.
We welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people.

 


Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre
St Albans / Melton - Community  Lawyer (2 positions)

0.8 – 1.0 Time Fraction (Negotiable) – Ongoing (2 Positions)

  • Are you looking for a challenging role to explore your advocacy skills?
  • Do you have a passion to work within the Community Legal Sector?
  • We offer a competitive salary and salary packaging

Comm Unity Plus Services (formerly known as Community West) 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 comm Unity+ 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 Community Lawyer will; deliver generalist legal advice, duty lawyer work, provide casework support, community legal education and participate in systemic law reform work. 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. commUnity+ offers generous salary packaging, 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.

  • The successful applicant will be required to supply current Police and Working with Children Checks.  A current Drivers Licence is 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: “Community Lawyer”

A copy of the Position Description can be found on our website under the News and Events tab and then by clicking on the ‘Working for Us’ section at
www.comm-unityplus.org.au

Applications close 9.00am on Friday 29th July 2016

For further information, please call Shifrah Blustein on 03 8312 2009


Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre - Advocacy and Law Reform campaigner

We are looking for a skilled, knowledgeable and highly motivated individual to drive our Without Suspicion campaign as a key part of our Police Accountability team with demonstrated skills in networking, political analysis, lobbying, organising, research and media.  The position is embedded in the Centre’s Police Accountability Project, and will work closely with other legal, human rights and community sector entities on the campaign objectives.
The successful candidate should have a track record in human rights, social justice or law reform advocacy and managing campaigns for social change with a clear record of achievements in:
  • Strategically mobilising community and sector organisations
  • Managing strategic communications and media at a statewide level
  • Being a spokesperson for a campaign
  • Political analysis and research.

The position is based in Melbourne and will focus on the campaign to end racially discriminatory policing in Victoria. Some travel within the state may be required.
The Advocacy & Law Reform Officer will manage a wide variety of actions and activities, including parliamentary lobbying, strategic communications, community organising, event management, and media liaison. 
This person will have an eye on risk, on innovative campaigning and the regulatory, legislative and cultural changes required for truly fair and impartial policing in this state. 
To apply you’ll need to have a strong commitment to social justice and community development practice.
Join our great team at Flemington-Kensington!  Flexible 4 day (30 hour) one year contract position.   Salary is $72,579 (pro rata), employer funded superannuation (9.5%) and the benefits of tax-free salary packaging (up to $16,000). 


The Centre operates under a flat staffing structure and all employees receive wage parity.
Position Description is available here.
Applications close 9.00am Monday 1st August, 2016.


Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre - Peer Advocacy Coordinator

FKCLC seeking an experienced community organiser to organise a peer education and advocacy project, support young people to take on leadership roles to educate their communities and empower them to take on political advocacy strategies which will prevent or reduce discriminatory policing.

The project will build young people’s capacity to take action on their own behalf, to seek redress and advocacy on behalf of their communities.  The project acknowledges that peers are best placed to educate and empower their own communities.

The successful candidate will have a solid understanding of the impacts of over-policing and discrimination (either through personal experience or through community networks) and a demonstrated ability in:

  • training, community or popular education methodologies;
  • strength-based and community building approaches when working with CaLD young people and families;
  • creating and sustaining effective community action; and
  • cultivating relationships across different communities and amoungst different organisations.

Position Description is  available here>  Peer Advocacy Coordinator 2016 (PDF).

Applications close 5.00am Friday 5th August, 2016. Applications must address the Selection Criteria.


ABORIGINAL FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND LEGAL SERVICE  - Paralegal Support Worker

Under the supervision of the Legal team in accordance with the organisation’s operational policies (including the FVPLS Victoria Service Standards), the key role of the PLSW will be to support the legal assistance provided to victims of family violence and sexual assault in regional areas.
 
The role includes:
 
Administration
  •  Under supervision of a Lawyer, assist with legal administration tasks, including preparation of legal documents and correspondence appointments and report preparation. 
  • Accurate and timely data entry using CLSIS database
 Accountability
  •  Comply with FVPLS Victoria’s Service Standards 
  • Attend training as directed relevant to the support of Aboriginal victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault
  •  Attend supervision as directed 
  • Travel to regional offices and support the work of FVPLS Victoria as required
 Client support
  •  With the lawyer, assess safety and support needs of individual clients of the organisation 
  • Link clients with appropriate services, and advocate and attend appointments as necessary
  •  Provide information, support referral and court support to clients 
Networking, Liaison and Community Outreach
  •  Promote FVPLS Victoria by maintaining effective contact with external organisations, participating on representative forums, outreach programs and other relevant community events 
  • Assist in the education of mainstream service providers about the barriers faced by Aboriginal women and their children in accessing the justice system and associated services
  Community Legal Education
  •  In conjunction with the lawyers and other staff, assist in the development and delivery of community education workshops and publications 
  • Support the implementation of community development projects.
  •  Support and assist FVPLS Victoria Early Intervention and Prevention programs including Sisters Day Out, Dilly Bag, and Sisters Serenity Retreat

Download the Position Description here

Applications close Monday 25th July 2016


CommUnity+ 
Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre -  Principal Solicitor

Full Time
St Albans / Melton Location 

  • Do you have significant Community Legal Sector Experience
  • Are you ready to take the next step in your legal career?
  • Do you have a commitment to providing access to justice?
  • Attractive salary to $95K negotiable with experience
  • Salary packaging benefits on offer

Community Plus Services Ltd (commUnity+) is a multi-program agency servicing Melbourne's western suburbs.
Situated in a significant growth corridor, commUnity+ has grown from a small residents' action group to a large community-based organisation. commUnity+ is committed to the communities of Melbourne's western region and provides an integrated service to families and individuals.

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 and Melton.

We are seeking an energetic and committed Principal Solicitor to work with and lead a motivated team, who provide access to justice and high quality legal services.

Applicants must be eligible to hold a Principal Practising Certificate have at least 5 years post admission experience as a barrister or solicitor, together with experience in law reform and advocacy work. An excellent understanding of the legal issues commonly faced by disadvantaged people and significant experience in the Community Legal sector is also essential.

Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Laws and be admitted or eligible for admission as a legal practitioner in Victoria.

To be considered for this position applicants must address the key selection criteria, a copy of the position description can be found on our website www.comm-unityplus.org.au

Please send your application to jobs@comm-unityplus.org.au
For further information, please call Rachna Muddagouni on 03-7379-0123

Applications close 9.00am 15th August 2016.


Justice Connect - PLT Placement  - Referrals Service (Melbourne)

Justice Connect Melbourne office is currently recruiting a PLT student to work with our Referral Service. As a PLT student with this service, you will develop practical and procedural legal experience and skills across various practice areas.

We are currently recruiting for a PLT student to start as soon as possible, 3 days per week for a minimum of 50 days.

What to expect from your placement:

PLT Placement Referrals Service - Melbourne Office - Jul16.pdf

PLT Referral Service Position Description.pdf

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the positions will be open until filled.

How to Apply: Complete the form on our 'Apply now' page (including a CV and Cover Letter).

 


Senior Lawyer - Rumbalara Health-Justice Partnership
Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre

Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre is seeking a highly motivated lawyer to project manage and deliver a new Health Justice Partnership with Rumbalara Aboriginal Corporation which is a major regional Aboriginal Community Health Service. The incumbent will respectfully use her/his high level interpersonal and organisational skills to foster a therapeutic model of legal service delivery which engages clients with health and social welfare supports in a culturally sensitive environment and addresses the personal issues underlying their involvement in the justice system. 
 
The Shepparton based Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre (GVCLC) delivers a range of legal assistance services (casework, education and policy) across the Goulburn Valley. GVCLC is a division of the Bendigo based Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre and a program of ARC Justice. This position will be based at both Rumbalara and the GV CLC offices.
Full time (1.0 EFT) until 30th September 2018.

Applications close 9:00am, Thursday 4th August 2016
Click here for more information.  


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.


PLT Placement – Self Representation Service, Justice Connect

Justice Connect Melbourne office is currently recruiting a PLT student to work with our Self Representation Service. As a PLT student with this service, you will develop practical and procedural legal experience and skills across various practice areas.

We have a place for a student to commence in July 2016. Must be available to work Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and commit to the 60 days.

What to expect from your placement:

PLT Placement SRS- Melbourne June 2016.pdf

PLT Self Representation Service Position Description.pdf

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the positions will be open until filled.

How to Apply: Complete the form on our 'Apply now' page (including a CV and Cover Letter).


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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