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Youth Employment Lawyer - Youth Employment Justice Program (1.0EFT)

WEstjustice is seeking to employ a full time lawyer on an 18 month fixed term contract.

The Youth Employment Lawyer will provide legal advice, education and services to young people through our Youth Law Program, with a primary focus on employment and discrimination law and other relevant areas of law as appropriate and subject to capacity.

The Youth Employment Lawyer will also support the delivering of our systemic impact work arising from the, YEP and the Youth and Employment Programs more broadly.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a lawyer who wants to empower young people and communities to understand and enforce their rights through the provision of tailored legal services, education, sector capacity building and advocacy for systemic reform.


A salary package of $77,347 – $80,639 per annum (depending on experience) comprising of cash salary ($70,000 – $73,000pa), employer funded superannuation in accordance with Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 (Cth) and leave loading on annual leave. In addition, generous salary packaging is available (including access to Accommodation and Meal Entertainment packaging).

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.

A copy of the position description is available here.

How to apply

To apply, please email a short cover letter, your CV and your responses to the key selection criteria to addressed to Ms An Huynh, General Manager Operations, by midnight on Wednesday 23rd October 2019. Please use the subject line: Youth Employment Lawyer [your name] application via website.

If you have any questions in relation to the role, please contact our office on 9749 7720 and ask to speak to Tarni Perkal, Employment Law Program Director.

Late applications will not be considered.

The successful applicant will require a current Working with Children’s Check and a Police Check or be prepared to apply for both. 

WEstjustice is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, women, people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability and people identifying as LGBTIQ are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must possess the right to work in Australia.


Chief Executive Officer (1.0EFT) 

Following the decision of the current incumbent to retire, the Board of the Western Community Legal Centre (T/A WEstjustice) is now seeking to recruit a suitably qualified and experienced CEO.

The purpose of the Centre is to address systemic injustice by providing free legal and other services on an individual level and more broadly through community education, law reform and advocacy. The Centre employs approximately 40-45 staff plus a substantial number of volunteers.

The CEO is responsible for the delivery of strategic outcomes as agreed with the Board, while ensuring that the Centre is a strong, sustainable and influential organisation that fulfills its purpose.


An attractive remuneration package is negotiable for the right person.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via Seek website.

For further information on this role, please contact Meredith Blackstock on 0417600033.


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Donations over $2.00 are tax deductable.



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WEstjustice relies heavily on the work of legal and non-legal volunteers. Volunteer roles include:

  • Policy volunteers (available)
  • Administrative volunteers (at capacity)
  • Paralegal volunteers (at capacity)
  • Solicitor volunteers (at capacity)

Skills we require of all of our volunteers include:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Reliability and punctuality

We ask that volunteers give us a minimum commitment of twelve months.

Demand for volunteer positions may vary.

If there is a position available and you are a suitable candidate, we will contact you.

How to apply

If you are interested in volunteering with WEstjustice, please complete the Volunteer Application Form and email it along with your resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please clearly state in the subject line when (day or night service) and at which branch (Werribee or Footscray) you would prefer to volunteer.

Please contact our office on (03) 9749 7720 if you have any questions.



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Student Internships

WEstjustice has partnered with Victoria University to offer internships to law students of Victoria University.

Our Victoria University internship program offers law students practical experience in working with vulnerable clients with complex needs in our fines, youth and family law clinics.

Students may also have the opportunity to appear on behalf of clients at Melbourne Magistrates Court, under the supervision of a staff lawyer (Sunshine Youth Office only).


Sean Vagg, Senior Lawyer, WEstjustice Sunshine Youth Office, on (03) 9091 8239 or


"I am extremely grateful for the knowledge and experience I have gained at WEstjustice Sunshine. I am not only interning alongside fellow VU classmates but we are supervised by lawyers who are passionate about giving youth a voice in the legal system."

Clinton, Intern, Sunshine Youth Office, appearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court.



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WE are located

  • Footscray
  • Werribee
  • Sunshine

Level 1 / 72 Buckley Street, Footscray VIC 3011

Tel: + 61 3 9749 7720
Fax: + 61 3 9749 8276

Office hours:
Monday to Friday, 9.30am-1.00pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm.

Advice by appointment only. We do not provide advice by telephone or email


Level 1 / 8 Watton Street, Werribee VIC 3030

Tel: + 61 3 9749 7720
Fax: + 61 3 9749 8276

Office hours:
Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5:00pm.

Advice by appointment only. We do not provide advice by telephone or email.


Visy Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Road, Sunshine VIC 3020

Tel: + 61 3 9091 8237
Fax: + 61 3 9091 8207

Office hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9.30am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-4.30pm.

Drop-in service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9.30am-4.30pm, for people up to 25 years old ONLY.