Senior Community Lawyer

Job Title: Senior Community Lawyer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Boronia, Victoria
Industry: Corporate Services
Salary: salary packaging
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: TWPECLC0612_1575612233
Contact Name: Permanent Team
Contact Email:
Job Published: Dec 06, 2019

Job Description

About the business

Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC) has been selected by the Australian Government to implement a specialist family violence unit under the Women's Safety Package (SAGE).

SAGE provides a unique model for providing intensive integrated legal, family violence and financial counselling support to women with increased vulnerability experiencing, or at risk of, family violence with multiple legal issues. SAGE also has strong partnerships with services that provide additional specialist support.

SAGE uses a co-case management model, providing integrated advocacy and support from a family violence lawyer and a family violence advocate.

SAGE is designed to provide a service that responds to the family violence legal needs of women that face additional barriers to accessing services, specifically:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • CaLD communities
  • Women with disabilities
  • Women with mental health issues
  • Women who are socially or geographically isolated.

SAGE seeks to overcome barriers that can make accessing services more difficult for some women experiencing family violence.

SAGE, provide educative programs for awareness on the law and the legal system, and in particular Family Violence.

ECLC has been working with individuals and communities for over 40 years to resolve legal problems, improve laws and legal processes and alleviate socio-economic disadvantage, ECLC's vision is a community that respects and upholds human rights, fairness and justice.

ECLC provides legal services, including information and referral, education, advice and advocacy, primarily to people living in Boroondara, Manningham, Whitehorse, Maroondah, Knox and the Yarra Ranges, as well as some specific services in Monash.

ECLC aims to make legal help available to all those in the community who would otherwise not have access to a lawyer, whilst prioritising services and targeting programs to those who experience acute disadvantage.

About the role

The Senior Community Lawyer will provide intensive legal advice and casework assistance to women who have/ are experiencing family violence at key sites, as part of an integrated family violence practice model.

The Senior Community Lawyer will provide legal information and advice services to community workers who seek information from the partners or other organisations.

You will deliver legal advice and maintain your personal caseload.

You will resource and provide legal and related expertise to community workers.

This is a senior role and you will have the opportunity to be at the forefront of innovative work within the family violence legal system.

Benefits and perks

Salary: $86,055 - $89,000 (FTE) + Super

Leave loading on annual leave and tax-effective salary packaging (including access to Accommodation and Meal Entertainment packaging) will be available from commencement.

Skills and experience

The ideal candidate must be a team player as this role will involve working very closely within a multidisciplinary team.

All applicants must be eligible to hold an unrestricted Employee Practising Certificate in Victoria.

You will have post-admission experience in a broad range of matters, particularly in family law, family violence, child protection and generalist legal advice.

The successful applicant will have in-depth understanding of the social and gendered nature of domestic/ family violence in the context of intimate partner violence.

You will have experience working within a multi-disciplinary environment; family violence/ child protection experience would be extremely beneficial.

All applicants should be committed to meeting the legal needs of people experiencing disadvantage.

Contact David Rogers at Tradewind Australia on 03 9088 7025 or a confidential chat or apply today with a copy of your resume and cover letter.

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