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WESTERN COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRE LTD

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 purpose is to service the legal needs in the West in a way that addresses the systemic nature of disadvantage.

 

 

Senior Family Violence and Family Lawyer

WEstjustice is seeking to employ a full time Senior Family Violence and Family Lawyer on a 12 month, fixed term contract (with potential for a longer-term contract depending on availability of funding) to join our growing Family Violence and Family Law team.

The Lawyer will be employed as a member of the WEstjustice Family Violence and Family Law Program undertaking family violence and family law work, which will include the following primary duties:

  • providing legal advice to priority clients in our health justice partnership in a hospital in the western suburbs of Melbourne;
  • providing weekly legal advice and court representation in our family violence duty lawyer program at Sunshine and Werribee Magistrates Courts (which includes our Early Resolution Program);
  • assessing and certifying eligible VLA family law grants of aid to support our family law work; and
  • coverage of other family law or family violence clinics as needed from time to time.

The person we are seeking will be admitted to practice with at least two years experience in family law and family violence and have the proven ability to engage with and provide holistic legal assistance to priority clients. Strong stakeholder management skills are vital to ensuring the continued success of this program.

Subject to COVID 19 restrictions, the Lawyer will be primarily based at our Footscray office and will be required to work at our other offices and/or clinic sites (located in the western suburbs of Melbourne including Sunshine and Werribee, or the CBD). Currently clinics are operating remotely. Subject to clinic and court requirements, the successful applicant will be able to work flexibly from home with those days to be negotiated directly with the direct line manager.

Remuneration:

Salary range - $86,000 – $91,000 per annum (depending on experience), plus employer funded superannuation in accordance with Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 (Cth). In addition, generous salary packaging is available (including access to Accommodation and Meal Entertainment packaging).

A copy of the position description is available here.

To apply, please email a short cover letter, your CV and your responses to the key selection criteria to an@westjustice.org.au addressed to Ms An Huynh, Operations Director, by 5pm on Sunday, 15 August 2021. Please use the subject line: Senior Family 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 Priyanka Shetty, Program Manager, Family Violence and Family Law Program.

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.

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 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. 

Applicants must possess the right to work in Australia.

 

 

  

Director – Policy and Innovation Program

  • Legal service providing free services to the Melbourne West community.
  • Lead the development of policy and systemic impact work across the organisation through capacity building across the teams.
  • Explore innovative opportunities to achieve the organisations strategic goals.
  • Manage a dynamic workforce and work closely with the CEO and Senior Management Team.

Benefits and Culture

  • Competitive salary with salary packaging
  • Up to 5 hours study leave per week (pro rata)
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Passionate, professional and dedicated team
  • Focus on career development
  • Sunshine-based location
  • Part time (0.8EFT) or full time option

The Role

The Director, Policy and Innovation leads WEstjustice’s systemic impact work across the organisation, and is responsible for ensuring WEstjustice is focussed on the key priorities identified in our Strategic Impact Areas 2020-2023. This includes campaigning, policy, advocacy and law reform work in relation to a wide range of legal and life issues affecting people who live or work in Melbourne’s Western suburbs. These include, for example, advocating for legislative changes to prevent migrant worker exploitation, working with business and government to develop new policies to respond to family violence victim-survivors, identifying and campaigning for changes to regulatory responses to housing and consumer issues and working to address the over-representation of marginalised young people in the criminal legal system.

The Director Policy and Innovation is an integral member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) at WEstjustice and works closely with the CEO, Director of Operations and Director of Community Development, Education and Engagement to support the Legal Directors in our four key practice areas. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to the wider organisational strategy to ensure best practice, accountability, financial stability and impact, for the benefit of our clients and the communities of Melbourne’s western suburbs.  

You will manage a small team providing support and building capacity across the organisation in relation to systemic impact work, campaigning, innovation, measurement and evaluation, report-writing, communications and media. You will also build and maintain relationships with a range of stakeholders including community and project partners, government contacts and current and potential funders.

This is an exciting role for someone with a problem-solving, strategic and creative mindset, who loves to work at a high level across teams, supporting and enabling team members and the organisation to achieve its strategic goals.  

Skills Required

You will be qualified in law or other relevant qualifications and have experience as a member of a senior management team, leading and managing staff. Your background may be in working in social service organisations, community legal services, government or potentially from the corporate sector.

You will also have:

  • Strong experience in systemic advocacy and impact work – particularly in areas relevant to WEstjustice’s Impact Areas
  • Ability to collaborate with a senior management team and make strategic decisions
  • Experience in leading a team or impact area, including management of a program of work
  • Ability to engage a diverse range of stakeholders and build strong partnerships
  • Experience in developing successful law reform and advocacy campaigns, research projects and/or project management
  • Experience in developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation frameworks
  • Proven analytical skills with a commitment to driving best practice
  • A commitment to WEstjustice values and working with our clients and communities

A copy of the position description is available here.

If you want to use your legal and leadership skills to champion the rights of people and communities in Melbourne’s west, please send your resume together with a cover letter responding to the key selection criteria to an@westjustice.org.au or melissah@westjustice.org.au no later than 11.59pm Sunday, 8 August 2021. Applications will be considered as they come through with interviews potentially being held before the close date.

Please call Melissa Hardham on 03 9749 7720 for a confidential discussion.

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.

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 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. 

Applicants must possess the right to work in Australia.

 

 

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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. Please feel free to revisit this page in the new year. 

 

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

Level 1 / 72 Buckley Street, Footscray VIC 3011

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

Office hours:
Monday to Friday, 9.30am-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

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

Tel: + 61 3 9091 8237
Fax: + 61 3 9091 8207
Email:  admin@westjustice.org.au

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.