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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

 

Family Violence and Family Law Program Manager - Policy (12 month Contract)

The Role

WEstjustice is seeking to employ a part-time or full time Program Manager – Policy to join our Family Violence and Family Law team to focus on developing our portfolio of policy work in accordance with our strategic objectives within the team.

This exciting opportunity is available for an experienced policy worker and lawyer eager to work in a social justice environment within a friendly and committed team focused on assisting victim-survivors of family violence through intervention order hearings and family law casework.

The Program Manager - Policy will manage a portfolio of policy work within the Family Violence and Family Law team. They will work closely with the Program Manager – Legal to identify systemic issues arising from casework, conducting researching and identifying opportunities and a plan to create systemic change. Previous experience undertaking policy work within a strategic framework with a focus on systemic change will be highly regarded.

The Program Manager – Policy will also help develop the program through innovative ideas and partnerships to improve the legal as well as life outcomes of our clients, in line with the strategic direction of WEstjustice. They will have the ability to work collaboratively to build strong stakeholder relationships and partnerships across sectors, to assist our clients.

The successful candidate must hold an unrestricted practicing certificate and will need to have sufficient experience in Family Law in order to be eligible to become a VLA Family Law panel certifier, in order to apply for grants of aid for our clients. They will also assist the duty lawyer services as required.

The Program Manager will be based at our Footscray office but may be required to work from time to time across our other office locations at Werribee and Sunshine.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to focus the next step of their career on systemic policy work, whilst still maintaining legal practice experience in family violence legal work.

Remuneration

Salary range - $92,000 – $96,000 per annum pro rata (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).

To Apply

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 5.00pm on Wednesday 30 June 2021. Please use the subject line: Family Violence and Family Law Program Manager – Policy [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 Annette Au Yeung, Director, Family Violence and Family Law Program.

We encourage early applications and will review applications upon receipt.

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.

 

 

 

Tenancy Lawyer

The Role

WEstjustice is seeking to employ a full time lawyer for a short term six month contract in our Tenancy team (within our Economic Vulnerability Program). Their main duties will include client appointments, casework, attending meetings and organising team’s data. At this stage the role will be until 31 January 2022.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an admitted lawyer to join a fast paced and dynamic service.

The Tenancy Lawyer will join the tenancy legal team to undertake work that will improve the lives of vulnerable tenants and help them to engage their tenancy rights. The lawyer will be primarily based at the Werribee office but work from home opportunities may be negotiated. They will also be required to work at VCAT for attendances in the CBD and Sunshine as the need arises.

Prior demonstrated tenancy experience and the proven ability to relate to vulnerable and disadvantaged clients is advantageous.

Remuneration

Salary range - of $74,000 - $80,000 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).

To Apply

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 (qualifications and skills section) to an@westjustice.org.au addressed to Ms An Huynh, General Manager Operations, by 5.00pm on Monday 14 June 2021. Please use the subject line: Tenancy 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 Susan Huang, Program Manager.

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.

 

 

 

Legal Director - Employment and Equality Law

  • Legal service providing free services to the Melbourne West community
  • Lead an innovative program championing the rights of exploited workers
  • Use your expertise to deliver a best practice and high impact program

Benefits and Culture         

  • Competitive salary with salary packaging
  • Flexible working, full or part-time
  • Focus on career development
  • Up to 5 hours study leave per week
  • Passionate, professional and dedicated team

The Role
  
The Legal Director, based in Footscray will lead the WEstjustice Employment and Equality Law Program. You will manage a small, well-regarded team providing legal services and education to a range of clients experiencing workplace exploitation. This includes young people, people experiencing family violence, migrants and refugees with a focus on prevention, early intervention, personal agency and empowerment.

In addition to direct service delivery, you will lead the team’s sector capacity building, advocacy and law reform work to promote systemic reform and improve accessibility, laws and processes for all Victorian workers. You will also manage relationships with a range of stakeholders that includes partners, governments and potential funders.

Working closely with the CEO you will collaborate and contribute to the wider organisational strategy to ensure best practice, accountability and impact.

Skills Required
  
You will be qualified in law and have experience as a senior member of a legal team, leading and managing staff (ability or interest to get a Principal Practising Certificate is desirable (although not essential)). Your background may come from commercial employment law firms, unions, labour law organisations or community legal services.
You will also have:

  • Strong experience in legal processes relevant to employment and discrimination law 
  • Ability to collaborate with a senior management team and make strategic decisions 
  • Experience in leading a team or impact area, including management of program staff 
  • Ability to engage a diverse range of stakeholders and build strong partnerships 
  • Experience in developing and delivering community education programs, law reform and advocacy campaigns, research projects and/or project management including monitoring and evaluation frameworks 
  • Proven analytical skills with a commitment driving to best practice 
  • A commitment to WEstjustice values and working with their clients and communities 
  • A problem solving and innovation mindset 


If you want to use your legal and leadership skills to champion the rights of vulnerable and disadvantaged people being exploited in the workforce, please submit your resume together with a cover letter responding to the skills required section above via website. Alternatively, please call Anna Skeels on 03 8080 8976 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.

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.