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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

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.  

Northern Community Legal Centre - Family Violence Lawyer [maternity leave position] 

  • An opportunity to support the Family Violence services and Duty Lawyer service delivery for a newly      amalgamated Community Legal Centre.
  • Full time [or part time may be negotiated] 12 month contract, maternity leave position.
  • Salary from $67,410 plus superannuation
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging,


The full Position Description is available here.  

Please email your application to Dr Neil Fisher, Executive Officer, nfisher@northernclc.org.au

Applications close when an appointment is finalised, so please apply immediately.

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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