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The Organisation

WEstjustice are a leading community legal centre providing free services to vulnerable and disadvantaged people. From their offices in Footscray, Werribee and Sunshine and through their outreach services they provide advice on a broad range of issues including employment, discrimination, consumer disputes, tenancy, credit and debt, family disputes, family violence, criminal law and more.

WEstjustice believe in a just and fair society where the law and its processes do not discriminate against vulnerable people. They provide free legal education, undertake law reform activities and work in partnership with their local communities to deliver projects that improve access to justice.

WEstjustice’s mission is to service the legal needs in the West in a way that addresses the systemic nature of disadvantage

 

 

 

Family Lawyer – Family Violence Lawyer

  • Be part of a well-regarded community legal centre providing family law and family violence legal assistance to victim survivors of gendered based family violence, in particular women experiencing disadvantage.  
  • Assist our team to broaden and expand our impact in the community through our established health justice partnerships by delivering dedicated and targeted legal assistance to women receiving pregnancy and maternity related services in a major hospital in the Western suburbs. 
  • Directly contribute to our Program’s growth in family law casework, family violence advocacy and the development of an early intervention child protection advice service.  
  • Assist in building capacity and upskilling social workers and Hospital staff to identify legal problems for early intervention and referral to our service. 
  • From your family violence and family law case work experience, contribute to systemic law reform activities addressing improvements to the family violence and family law system. 
  • Senior lawyer position on offer subject to relevant post admission experience  

BENEFITS AND CULTURE 

  • Competitive salary with generous salary packaging 
  • Up to 5 hours study leave per week
  • Supportive and collaborative working environment  
  • Opportunities for professional growth and development 
  • Flexible and Hybrid work model  
  • Full or part time work 
  • Based in Footscray with outreach work at other sites 

ABOUT THE ROLE 

WEstjustice is seeking to employ a Senior Lawyer to join our well-regarded Family Violence and Family Law Program. The position is 12 months fixed term and is full time, with requests to work part time also welcome. 

The Family Violence and Family Law Program: 

  • Advocates for a fairer and more equitable justice system by addressing the current inadequacies and negative environment of the family violence legal process.
  • Seeks to prevent misidentification and criminalisation of victims as perpetrators. 
  • Addresses economic abuse and seeks to restore financial safety and independence for women experiencing family violence. 
  • Provides early intervention legal assistance to those who suffer disadvantage and have particular barriers to accessing legal services. 

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced family lawyer keen to work in an innovative community justice environment with clients experiencing social disadvantage, isolation and gender-based family violence.  

As a Senior Lawyer in this Program you will work directly with women experiencing family violence, people who are culturally and linguistically disadvantaged and/or from newly arrived communities. You will also have the opportunity to directly contribute to addressing the systemic issues related to gendered based family violence through law reform advocacy and assisting in the development of monitoring and evaluation reports that highlight systemic issues and reform agendas identified through our health justice partnership project work. 

Our Program is also initiating and developing an early intervention child protection legal advice service noting the important intersection between family violence, family law and child protection, so your interest and contribution to this aspect of our Program is also welcomed. 

If successful you will join a dynamic and supportive legal team delivering legal services in family violence, family law and child protection (on the horizon) with the option to undertake legally aided casework by applying for grants of legal assistance for clients who qualify under VLA’s family law, family violence and child protection guidelines, as we are also approved s29A panel certifiers in these areas of law.   

This role is primarily based at our Footscray office and is also required to undertake outreach legal services at our key health justice partner sites in the Western suburbs including regularly attending our health justice partner Hospital in Werribee. You will also represent our clients in court proceedings in the Sunshine and Werribee Magistrates Court and Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia, as required. From time to time, you may also be required to work at our other offices (Sunshine and/or Werribee) and/or partner organisation sites, depending on Program needs. 

SKILLS REQUIRED

The person we are seeking will have:

  • A minimum of two years post admission experience in family law, and family violence and/or child protection
  • Knowledge and/or experience in child protection would also be an asset 
  • Advocacy experience and/or interest in undertaking family violence duty lawyer services on a rostered basis from time to time.
  • An unrestricted Victorian practicing certificate or be eligible for one
  • An interest in systemic law reform advocacy 
  • The proven ability to work both as part of a team and autonomously and undertake outreach services, deliver legal education and provide holistic legal assistance to disadvantaged clients.

For enquires, please call Cleona Feuerring, Legal Director, Family Violence and Family Law Program, on 03 9749 7720 for a confidential discussion.

Please send your resume together with a cover letter detailing your legal experience in family law, family violence and/or child protection addressing the key selection criteria in the Position Description via this portal or by emailing it to Cleona@Westjustice.org.au by no later than 14 August 2022.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 14 August 2022. 

A position description is available here.

 

 

Program Manager - Employment and Equality Law Program

  • Rare opportunity for a senior employment lawyer to lead the delivery of critical legal services in the Western suburbs, in an ongoing role
  • Develop and maintain innovative programs that seek to address systemic disadvantage and unmet legal need
  • Be part of a well-regarded specialist service providing free employment and discrimination law advice to communities experiencing disadvantage

 

BENEFITS AND CULTURE

  • Competitive salary with generous salary packaging
  • Up to 5 hours study leave per week
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Full or part time work
  • Based in Footscray with outreach work at other sites

THE ROLE

This is an exciting ongoing opportunity for an experienced senior employment lawyer keen to work in an innovative community justice environment with clients experiencing disadvantage, and to be involved in addressing the systemic issues that contribute to workplace exploitation.

Reporting to the Legal Director, Employment and Equality Law Program (EELP), you will use your employment and discrimination law experience to improve the lives of workers by managing the delivery of legal advice, casework, advocacy, information, education, and community engagement activities.

You will undertake and supervise work with a range of clients including young people, people from newly arrived communities, international students, and women experiencing family violence. Our program assists with a wide range of employment matters including underpayment of wages and entitlements, sham contracting, unfair dismissals and general protections, unsafe work practices and employment-related discrimination and sexual harassment.

In addition to direct service delivery, you take a lead role within the team in coordinating and developing its outreach services and systemic impact advocacy, including proactively identifying law reform or policy issues and opportunities to make submissions and delivering those projects. You will contribute to organisational best practice, maintain relationships with a range of stakeholders that support our services, including pro-bono partners, volunteers, and interns, and represent the EELP at external forums and working groups.

The Program Manager will be primarily based at our Footscray office but may be required to work at our other offices (located in the western suburbs of Melbourne including Sunshine and Werribee, or the CBD) and/or partner organisation sites, depending on program need.

Generous salary packaging is available (including access to Accommodation and Meal Entertainment packaging).

SKILLS REQUIRED

You will be qualified in law and hold an unrestricted Victorian practicing certificate or be eligible for one.

You will also have:

  • a minimum of five years post admission experience
  • significant legal practice experience in employment and equality law, including supervising junior staff
  • demonstrated systemic advocacy experience, including leading and coordinating highly effective systemic impact work or campaigns.

The full key selection criteria are contained in the position description available here.

Please apply by midnight 21 August 2022 by sending your resume together with a cover letter responding to the each of the key selection criteria in the Position Description to recruitment@westjustice.org.au. Alternatively, please call Jennifer Jones, Legal Director, EELP, on 03 9749 7720 for a confidential discussion.

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

Applicants must possess the right to work in Australia.

 

Senior Lawyer, Employment and Equality Law Program

  • Be part of a well-regarded specialist service providing free employment and discrimination law advice to communities experiencing disadvantage
  • Deliver legal advice and education and contribute to systemic law reform activities addressing worker exploitation
  • 12-month position in a passionate, professional and dedicated team

 

BENEFITS AND CULTURE

  • Competitive salary with generous salary packaging
  • Up to 5 hours study leave per week
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Full or part time work
  • Based in Footscray with outreach work at other sites

THE ROLE

This is an exciting opportunity for an employment lawyer keen to work in an innovative community justice environment with clients experiencing disadvantage, and to be involved in addressing the systemic issues that contribute to workplace exploitation.

Reporting to the Program Manager, Employment and Equality Law Program (EELP), you will use your employment and discrimination law experience to improve the lives of workers though information, education, community development, legal advice, casework and advocacy.

You will undertake work with a range of clients including people from newly arrived communities, international students, young people, and women experiencing family violence. Your matters will include underpayment of wages and entitlements, sham contracting, unfair dismissals and general protections, unsafe work practices and employment-related discrimination and sexual harassment.

In addition to direct service delivery, you will assist the team with its outreach services and systemic impact advocacy, including working on law reform submissions, campaigns and projects. You will contribute to organisational best practice, maintain relationships with a range of stakeholders that support our services, including pro-bono partners, volunteers, and interns, and represent the EELP at external forums and working groups.

The Senior Lawyer will be primarily based at our Footscray office but may be required to work at our other offices (located in the western suburbs of Melbourne including Sunshine and Werribee, or the CBD) and/or partner organisation sites, depending on program need.

SKILLS REQUIRED

You will be qualified in law and hold an unrestricted Victorian practicing certificate or be eligible for one. Legal practice experience in employment and equality law is required for this position.

You will also have:

  • a minimum of three years post admission experience
  • demonstrated systemic advocacy experience, such as researching and drafting strategic policy submissions, and
  • the proven ability to undertake outreach services, deliver legal education and provide holistic legal assistance to disadvantaged clients.

The full key selection criteria are contained in the position description available here.

The successful applicant will require a current Working with Children’s Check and a Police Check or be prepared to apply for both. Applicants must possess the right to work in Australia.

Generous salary packaging is available (including access to Accommodation and Meal Entertainment packaging).

Please apply by midnight, 21 August by sending your resume together with a cover letter responding to the each of the key selection criteria in the Position Description to recruitment@westjustice.org.au. Alternatively, please call Jennifer Jones, Legal Director, EELP, on 03 9749 7720 for a confidential discussion.

 

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.

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

WEstjustice is committed to building a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people living with a disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, mature age workers and LGBTIQ-identifying people.

 

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Operations and Practice Manager

  • Legal service providing free services to the Melbourne West community
  • Lead a passionate, professional, and dedicated Operations Team 

Benefits and Culture

  • Competitive salary with salary packaging
  • Up to 5 hours study leave per week
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Passionate, professional and dedicated team
  • Focus on career development
  • Werribee-based location
  • Part-time role (0.6 FTE)

 

The Role

This is a great opportunity for a motivated and highly skilled person to join our friendly, dynamic and supportive team and lead the development and transformation of our legal and general practice.

The Operations and Practice Manager will be responsible for our operations and administration team and development and implementation of our systems and processes across our organisation

You will report to the Chief Executive Officer, engage with the management team, and oversee a well-regarded administration, data, and digital team.  

Skills Required

Your background may come from a private law firm, a legal aid commission or community legal services.

You will also have:

  • Leadership skills, including initiative, innovation, capacity to work and think independently and interest in driving system improvements and reform
  • Ability to work autonomously with limited direction from management
  • High interpersonal skills in dealing with public and/or other organizations
  • Experience in managing and supporting a team
  • Excellent time management, initiative, planning and organisation skills, including an ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines
  • High degree of professionalism and judgement with the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Ability to engage a diverse range of stakeholders and build strong partnerships
  • Prior change management experience and budget management
  • Prior legal practice management experience
  • Ability to work across a multidisciplinary team, including legal professionals, financial counsellors, social workers, community educators and development officers and administrators
  • A commitment to WEstjustice values and working with their clients and communities
  • A collaborative and innovative mindset

If you want to use your expertise to lead a high performing legal practice, please send your resume together with a cover letter responding to the skills required section above to recruitment@westjustice.org.au. Alternatively, please call Theresa Mai on 03 9749 7720 for a confidential discussion.

 The full key selection criteria are contained in the position description available here.

Donate

Please contact us on (03) 9749 7720 if you wish to make a donation to WEstjustice.

Donations over $2.00 are tax deductable.

 

 

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Volunteer

Unfortunately, WEstjustice does not currently have any vacancies.

 

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

  • Policy volunteers (at capacity)
  • 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 admin@westjustice.org.au. 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).

Contact

WEstjustice on (03) 9749 7720 or admin@westjustice.org.au.

 

"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
Footscray

Workspace365, Level 2, 90 Maribyrnong St, Footscray VIC 3011 (temporary relocation)

Tel: + 61 3 9749 7720
Fax: + 61 3 9749 8276
Email:  admin@westjustice.org.au

Office hours:
Monday to Friday, 9.00am-1.00pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm. (Office currently closed due to COVID-19 situation)

Please call us to get legal help (appointment time needed).

Werribee

Level 1 / 8 Watton Street, Werribee VIC 3030 | Mail: PO Box 2199, Werribee VIC 3030

Tel: + 61 3 9749 7720
Fax: + 61 3 9749 8276
Email:  admin@westjustice.org.au

Office hours:
Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5:00pm. (Office currently closed due to COVID-19 situation)

Please call us to get legal help (appointment time needed).

Sunshine

Visy Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Road, Sunshine VIC 3020 | Mail: PO Box 627, Sunshine VIC 3020

Tel: + 61 3 9749 7720
Fax: + 61 3 9749 8276
Email:  admin@westjustice.org.au

Office hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9.30am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-4.30pm. (Office currently closed due to COVID-19 situation)

Drop-in service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9.30am-4.30pm, for people up to 25 years old ONLY. (Office currently closed due to COVID-19 situation)