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Youth Lawyer (F/T 1.0EFT)

WEstjustice is seeking to employ a full time Youth Lawyer on a one-year fixed term contract (with potential for a longer-term contract depending on availability of funding).

This exciting opportunity is available for an experienced Youth Lawyer eager to work in an innovative environment within a dynamic team doing ground breaking work.

The Youth Lawyer will be employed as a member of the WEstjustice Youth Law team. They will undertake work across a range of programs in areas of Health Justice and Education Justice.

The focus of these programs is to improve the lives of vulnerable youth through legal education, casework, community development, court appearances and advocacy delivered in schools, youth law clinics, and other ‘youth centric’ locations.

The Youth Lawyer will be based at our Werribee office but will be required work across our other locations in the Western suburbs.

The person we are seeking will be admitted to practice and have the proven ability to relate to vulnerable youth.

All applicants must have at least three years minimum legal experience.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a lawyer who wants to work with young people to improve access to justice and to overcome isolation and alienation from the legal system.

A salary package of $80,013.28 – $83,347.21 per annum (depending on experience) comprising of cash salary ($72,000 – $75,000), employer funded superannuation in accordance with Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 (Cth) and leave loading on annual leave. 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 addressed to Ms An Huynh, General Manager Operations, by 5.00pm on 20th January 2018. Please use the subject line: Youth Lawyer [your name] application via [website].

Late applications will not be considered.

The successful applicant will need to pass a Working with Children Check.

WEstjustice is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, women, people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability and people identifying as LGBTIQ are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must possess the right to work in Australia.


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

  • Policy volunteers (available)
  • 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 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).


Sean Vagg, Senior Lawyer, WEstjustice Sunshine Youth Office, on (03) 9091 8239 or


"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

Level 1 / 72 Buckley Street, Footscray VIC 3011

Tel: + 61 3 9749 7720
Fax: + 61 3 9749 8276

Office hours:
Monday to Friday, 9.30am-1.00pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm.

Advice by appointment only. We do not provide advice by telephone or email


Level 1 / 8 Watton Street, Werribee VIC 3030

Tel: + 61 3 9749 7720
Fax: + 61 3 9749 8276

Office hours:
Monday to Friday, 9.00am-1.00pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm.

Advice by appointment only. We do not provide advice by telephone or email.


Visy Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Road, Sunshine VIC 3020

Tel: + 61 3 9091 8237
Fax: + 61 3 9091 8207

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.