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WESTERN COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRE LTD

The Organisation:

WEstjustice is a leading community legal centre providing free services to vulnerable and disadvantaged people. From our offices in Footscray, Werribee and Sunshine and through our outreach services we provide advice, representation and education on a broad range of issues including employment, discrimination, consumer disputes, tenancy, credit and debt, family disputes, family violence, criminal law, infringements, children’s law and more.

WEstjustice believes in a just and fair society where the law and its processes do not discriminate against people experiencing vulnerability. We 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 Project Officer, Community Development, Education and Engagement 

 

BENEFITS AND CULTURE

  • Passionate, professional and dedicated team
  • Salary packaging available
  • Western suburbs location (Werribee, Sunshine and Footscray Offices)
  • 0.6 EFT / 3 days per week – flexible days/ hours

 

THE ROLE

We are seeking a Senior Project Officer on a fixed term 12-month contract to join our team. You will work within the Community Development, Education and Engagement Program to strengthen our engagement with communities experiencing high levels of disadvantage and support community-led initiatives that deliver innovative responses to legal need.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Support the coordination of community engagement activities, including issue-specific consultations and the establishment of community advisory panels or similar as envisaged by the WEstjustice Strategy 2020-23;
  • Provide event-management and support for community development activities;
  • Support the program to build and maintain effective partnerships with other community stakeholders, partners, organisations and networks, including attendance at meetings or events on behalf of WEstjustice;
  • Work within and across other WEstjustice programs to strengthen our understanding of community need and ensure our services are culturally safe and accessible;
  • Provide guidance and support to staff across all WEstjustice programs in the planning, development and delivery of community legal education; and
  • Support monitoring and evaluation and data collection.

 

SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Prior experience in project and/or event management within a community development, community engagement or community legal education setting or similar;
  • High level of skill and cultural competence in coordinating community consultations or similar activities;
  • Demonstrated capacity to listen to, engage with, and work alongside communities experiencing high levels of legal need and disadvantage and a strong commitment to social justice;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a range of internal and external stakeholders across community legal and other sectors to build strong stakeholder relationships and partnerships; and
  • Excellent organisation, communication, administrative and IT skills.

 

Desirable

  • Tertiary qualification in community development, community services or other discipline relevant to the community legal sector (including law, criminal justice, youth or social work);
  • Experience working with clients and/or alongside communities experiencing high levels of legal need within our catchment, particularly migrant communities impacted by high levels of exclusion and disadvantage and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; and
  • Experience working within a community legal centre or a strong understanding of the community legal service sector.

 

REMUNERATION

Salary range of $80,000 to $85,000 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.

 

How To Apply:

To apply, please email a short cover letter, your CV and your responses to the key selection criteria to admin@westjustice.org.au addressed to Ms An Huynh, Operations Director, by 5pm on Wednesday 23 February 2022. Please use the subject line: Senior Project Officer [your name] application via website.

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. Applicants must possess the right to work in Australia.

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.

 

 

F/T Administrative Assistant (Fixed-Term Contract)

Benefits and Culture:

  • Passionate, professional and dedicated team
  • Salary packaging benefits
  • Western suburbs location (Werribee, Sunshine and Footscray Offices)
  • Gratis leave between Christmas Day and New Years Day

 

The Role:

WEstjustice has a great opportunity for an administrative role in a legal environment. We are seeking a full time Administrative Assistant on a fixed term contract ending January 2023. The Administrative Assistant will join our team to ensure effective service delivery through the provision of reception and administrative support for the Centre.

The position will be based primarily in our Werribee Office, however you may be required to work across the other WEstjustice offices – Sunshine and Footscray (depending on the Centre’s needs).

Please note that due to COVID-19, most WEstjustice offices and clinics are currently operating remotely.

The Administrative Assistant will be employed as a member of the WEstjustice Operations team and will work closely with our various legal teams including:

  • Economic Justice Program
  • Employment and Equality Law Program
  • Family Violence and Family Law Program
  • Youth Law Program

The role is varied and is suitable for someone looking to join a fast-paced work environment.

 

Skills Required:

You will have:

  • Relevant experience in an administrative role
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and professional telephone manner
  • Sound organisational, time management and planning skills
  • Highly developed active listening and communication skills including the ability to empathise and manage sometimes challenging clients
  • A commitment to WEstjustice values and working with their clients and communities

Experience in a fast-paced legal environment not-for-profit community organisation is desirable.

 

Remuneration:

Salary range - of $60,000 - $70,000 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.

 

How To Apply:

To apply, please email a short cover letter, your CV and your responses to the key selection criteria to admin@westjustice.org.au addressed to Ms An Huynh, Operations Director, by COB on Wednesday 9 February 2022. Please use the subject line: Admin Assistant [your name] application via website.

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.

Applicants must possess the right to work in Australia.

 

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. 

 

 

Program Manager (Consumer and Settlement Justice Team), Economic Justice Program (Ongoing Contract)

 

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
  • Gratis leave between Christmas Day and New Years Day

 

The Role:

WEstjustice is seeking to employ a permanent Program Manager to join our growing Economic Justice team. The position is a full-time position, however part-time requests (0.8 FTE) may be considered.

We are seeking an experienced lawyer with substantial experience in at least one of the following areas – consumer, discrimination and/or social security law. The successful applicant must hold an unrestricted practising certificate.

This exciting opportunity is available for an experienced lawyer eager to work in an innovative community justice environment, within a dynamic team, and who is focussed on helping vulnerable clients. Experience in project management would also be highly regarded for this role. This may include experience in monitoring and evaluation, report writing and/or community consultation.

The Program Manager will be employed as a member of the WEstjustice Economic Justice Program (EJP). They will be a key player in realising a number of innovative projects which are presently in early or pilot stages, including our Settlement Justice Partnership and MyName Project.

The successful applicant will have the proven ability to relate to and work with a range of clients including people from newly-arrived communities, as well as community organisations and stakeholders.

Please note that due to COVID-19, most WEstjustice offices and clinics are currently operating remotely. Once normal business operations resume, the Program Manager will be based at our Werribee office but may be required to work at our other offices and/or clinic sites, pending need (located in the western suburbs of Melbourne including Sunshine and Footscray, or the CBD).

 

Remuneration:

Salary range - $95,000 – $99,000 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.

 

How To Apply:

To apply, please email a short cover letter, your CV and your responses to the key selection criteria to admin@westjustice.org.au addressed to Ms An Huynh, Operations Director, by 5pm on Sunday 23 January 2022. Please use the subject line: Program Manager [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 Joseph Nunweek, Legal Director, Economic Justice 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. Applicants must possess the right to work in Australia.

 

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 people, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, mature age workers and LGBTIQ people. 

 

 

 

F/T Youth Lawyer (Fixed-Term Contract)

 

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
  • Sunshine-based location

 

The Role:

WEstjustice is seeking to employ a full-time lawyer in our Youth Law Program (YLP) on a 12 month fixed term contract (with potential for a longer-term contract depending on availability of funding) to join our expanding team.

This is an exciting opportunity for a lawyer who is eager to work in an innovative environment within a dynamic team delivering services to \ Melbourne’s western suburbs youth.

The YLP lawyer will provide inreach and outreach criminal and civil legal services to children and young people aged 10-25 in diverse settings including at youth service hubs, residential care homes and schools.

The legal work includes advice, case work, in court advocacy and developing and delivering community legal education. The YLP lawyer will also have the opportunity to contribute to key policy reform asks and achievement of our strategic advocacy priorities and achieve not just excellent legal outcomes but also excellent life outcomes. 

The Youth Lawyer will be based at our Sunshine office but will be required work across our other locations in the Western suburbs (Footscray and Werribee) and at a western suburbs schools.

Our ideal candidate is someone who is admitted to practice and has a demonstrated ability to engage and communicate effectively with children and young people, many of whom have experienced childhood disadvantage, discrimination and trauma. The ideal candidate will also have a demonstrated ability to engage with a range of cross sector stakeholders.

 

Remuneration:

Salary range - $75,000 – $82,000 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.

Pending experience, we may consider a Senior Lawyer role.

 

How To Apply:

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 Thursday 27 January 2022. Please use the subject line: Youth 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 Melissa Hardham, Chief Executive Officer.

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.

Due to the role involving outreach, it is preferred that the applicant has access to their own vehicle.

Applicants must possess the right to work in Australia.

 

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 people, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, mature age workers and LGBTIQ people. 

 

 

 

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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

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, 9.00am-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

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. (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.