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Senior Lawyer, Employment and Equality Law Program

  • Be part of a well-regarded specialist service providing free employment and discrimination law advice to communities experiencing disadvantage
  • Deliver legal advice and education and contribute to systemic law reform activities addressing worker exploitation
  • Two fixed term opportunities: one x 6 month position and one x 12-month position in a passionate, professional and dedicated team

 

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

 

Benefits and Culture

  • Competitive salary with generous salary packaging
  • Up to 5 hours study leave per week
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Full or part time work
  • Based in Footscray with outreach work at other sites

 

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced employment lawyer keen to work in an innovative community justice environment with clients experiencing disadvantage, and to be involved in addressing the systemic issues that contribute to workplace exploitation.

Reporting to the Program Manager, Employment and Equality Law Program (EELP), you will use your employment and discrimination law experience to improve the lives of workers though information, education, community development, legal advice, casework and advocacy.

You will undertake work with a range of clients including people from newly arrived communities, international students, young people, and women experiencing family violence. Your matters will include underpayment of wages and entitlements, sham contracting, unfair dismissals and general protections, unsafe work practices and employment-related discrimination and sexual harassment.

In addition to direct service delivery, you will assist the team with its outreach services and systemic impact advocacy, including working on law reform submissions, campaigns and projects. You will contribute to organisational best practice, maintain relationships with a range of stakeholders that support our services, including pro-bono partners, volunteers, and interns, and represent the EELP at external forums and working groups.

The Senior Lawyer will be primarily based at our Footscray office but may be required to work at our other offices (located in the western suburbs of Melbourne including Sunshine and Werribee, or the CBD) and/or partner organisation sites, depending on program need.

 

Skills Required

You will be qualified in law and hold an unrestricted Victorian practicing certificate or be eligible for one.

You will also have:

  • a minimum of three years post admission experience
  • demonstrated legal practice experience in employment and equality law,
  • demonstrated systemic advocacy experience, such as researching and drafting strategic policy submissions, and
  • the proven ability to undertake outreach services, deliver legal education and provide holistic legal assistance to disadvantaged clients.

The full key selection criteria are contained in the position description available here.

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.

 

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced employment lawyer keen to work in an innovative community justice environment with clients experiencing disadvantage, and to address the systemic issues that contribute to workplace exploitation.

The Senior Lawyer will be primarily based at our Footscray office but may be required to work at our other offices (located in the western suburbs of Melbourne including Sunshine and Werribee, or the CBD) and/or partner organisation sites, depending on program need.

 

Remuneration

Salary range – $87,000 to $91,000 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).

For more information about WEstjustice, please visit our website (www.westjustice.org.au)

Please apply by 5pm 17 July 2022 by sending your resume together with a cover letter responding to the each of the key selection criteria in the Position Description to  jennifer@westjustice.org.au. Alternatively, please call Jennifer Jones, Legal Director, EELP, 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. 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.

For more information about WEstjustice, please visit our website (www.westjustice.org.au).

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.

 

 

Senior Social Worker, Mortgage Stress Victoria, WEstjustice

  • Be part of the development of a high-impact specialist service supporting Victorians in mortgage stress
  • Join a cohesive team of innovative and experienced lawyers, social workers and financial counsellors
  • Work in a best-practice environment where staff development and opportunities are prioritised
  • Use your skills and experience to prevent homelessness and housing insecurity for thousands of Victorian families

                                                                       

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

 

Mortgage Stress Victoria

Over 5 years, WEstjustice has successfully operated a multidisciplinary service, providing intensive legal, financial counselling and social worker support to people in Melbourne’s west experiencing mortgage stress.  We recently received funding to expand this small, high-impact service into a state-wide organisation. 

Mortgage stress and household debt is at concerning, record-high levels across Victoria, and we are facing uncertain economic times.  We have an incredibly important role in developing a service that can offer effective support to Victorians in mortgage stress and scale our impact on the complex drivers and consequences of mortgage stress.

This is an exciting time to join Mortgage Stress Victoria.  Be part of the team that builds a high-impact organisation delivering best practice services and working on systemic reform of a complex, widespread issue.  Everyone in our small cohesive team will have exposure and input into strategy, service design, impact evaluation and complex service delivery.

 

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
  • Werribee-based location
  • Part time or full time option

 

The Role  

Reporting to the Program Manager – Social Work, Mortgage Stress Victoria, you will contribute with the expansion of our Mortgage Wellbeing Service from its western suburbs’ catchment into a Victorian state-wide multidisciplinary service. You will have a caseload and provide case management to clients with varying complexities and vulnerabilities. You will contribute to an integrated and collaborative client-focussed service and utilise best practice principles to support positive client outcomes.

In its first year, the Mortgage Stress Victoria Team will be based at WEstjustice’s Werribee office (travel to outreach and stakeholder locations will also likely be required). You will provide social work services to a range of clients experiencing mortgage stress.   

In addition to direct client case management, you will contribute with the team’s social and health-related reform agenda to promote systemic change and improve accessibility, laws and processes for people experiencing mortgage stress. You will also provide community education sessions and maintaining relationships with a range of stakeholders that includes support services, partners, industry, government and potential funders.  

Working with the Mortgage Stress Victoria Team, you will collaborate and contribute to the wider WEstjustice and Mortgage Stress Victoria organisational strategies to ensure best practice, accountability, and impact. 

We are therefore looking for a person who is ready to support WEstjustice reform, change and, at times, disrupt the current systems to create better life outcomes for our communities in the West and greater Victoria.   

 

Skills Required  

You will be qualified in social work and be eligible for or hold membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers. Your background may come from private or public health or community services.  

You will also have:  

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in complex case management and supporting vulnerable individuals and communities.
  • Ability to engage and communicate with people experiencing vulnerability, support services, government, and industry bodies.
  • Demonstrated the ability to work independently as well as part of a small team collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team environment, both under the direction of Senior Management. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex information in a practical, accurate and understandable manner to potentially challenging clients in stressful and emotionally charged situations.
  • Organisational, time management and planning skills including the ability to prioritise tasks and to manage competing demands under pressure.
  • Ability to maintain confidential and accurate records.
  • Intermediate computer literacy skills including familiarity with databases, client management software, and Microsoft 365.
  • Ability to adapt to change, working in a fast-paced, start-up environment.
  • Understanding of and commitment to WEstjustice’s Vision, Purpose, Strategic Plan and Impact Areas.

The full key selection criteria are contained in the position description available here.

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.

If you want to use your skills as a social worker to help people experiencing mortgage stress, please send your resume together with a cover letter responding to each of the key selection criteria in the Position Description addressed to Ms Stephanie Tonkin, Director of Operations + Strategy at stephanie@westjustice.org.au and Mr Matthew Martin, Legal Director at matthew@westjustice.org.au by 5pm 15 July 2022. If you have any queries about the role, contact Matthew on (03) 9749 7720.

 

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.

For more information about WEstjustice, please visit our website (www.westjustice.org.au).

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.

 

 

Senior Lawyer or Lawyer, Mortgage Stress Victoria, WEstjustice

  • Be part of the development of a high-impact specialist service supporting Victorians in mortgage stress
  • Join a cohesive team of innovative and experienced lawyers, social workers and financial counsellors
  • Work in a best-practice environment where staff development and opportunities are prioritised
  • Use your skills and experience to prevent homelessness and housing insecurity for thousands of Victorian families
  • Fixed term opportunity: for a Senior Lawyer or Lawyer, 12-month position in a passionate, professional and dedicated team

                                                                       

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

 

Mortgage Stress Victoria

Over 5 years, WEstjustice has successfully operated a multidisciplinary service, providing intensive legal, financial counselling and social worker support to people in Melbourne’s west experiencing mortgage stress.  We recently received funding to expand this small, high-impact service into a state-wide organisation. 

Mortgage stress and household debt is at concerning, record-high levels across Victoria, and we are facing uncertain economic times.  We have an incredibly important role in developing a service that can offer effective support to Victorians in mortgage stress, and scale our impact on the complex drivers and consequences of mortgage stress.

This is an exciting time to join Mortgage Stress Victoria.  Be part of the team that builds a high-impact organisation delivering best practice services and working on systemic reform of a complex, widespread issue.  Everyone in our small cohesive team will have exposure and input into strategy, service design, impact evaluation and complex service delivery.

 

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
  • Werribee-based location
  • Part time or full time option

 

The Role  

Reporting to the Legal Director, Mortgage Stress Victoria, you will assist with the expansion of our Mortgage Wellbeing Service from its western suburbs catchment into a Victorian state-wide multidisciplinary service. You will be a leader in the legal practice, and help facilitate best practice to create opportunities to be at the forefront of new and improved ways in which we can work with clients to improve service delivery models and advocate for real and effective change.   

In its first year, the Mortgage Stress Victoria Team will be based at WEstjustice Werribee office (travel to outreach and stakeholder locations will also likely be required). You will provide specialist legal services to a range of clients experiencing mortgage stress and assist a well-regarded team of lawyers to do the same.

In addition to direct service delivery, you will assist with the team’s reform agenda to promote systemic change and improve accessibility, laws and processes for people experiencing mortgage stress. You will also provide community legal education, and manage relationships with a range of stakeholders that includes partners, industry, government and potential funders.  

Working closely with the Mortgage Stress Victoria Team, you will collaborate and contribute to the wider WEstjustice and Mortgage Stress Victoria organisational strategies to ensure best practice, accountability and impact. 

We are therefore looking for a person who is ready to help WEstjustice reform, change and, at times, disrupt the current systems to create better life outcomes for our communities in the West and greater Victoria.   

 

Skills Required  

You will be qualified in law and admitted to practice with an unrestricted practising certificate. Your background may come from a private law firm, government, financial services industry, legal aid commission or community legal services.    

 

You will also have:  

  • Ability to listen to, engage with, and provide holistic legal assistance to clients experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage.
  • Strong commitment to social justice, community education and engagement, including a demonstrated understanding of the social context of law and the issues faced by communities experiencing vulnerability.
  • Legal practice experience in mortgages and consumer credit, debt, consumer law, general insurance, fines, family violence and economic abuse, including managing all aspects of casework and case management to a very high standard.
  • Legal advocacy experience, including developing and co-ordinating highly effective systemic impact work and strategic policy submissions.
  • Ability to think and act strategically and with high integrity to meet the needs of clients experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage.
  • Ability to work effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work autonomously, under the general direction of senior employees, including highly developed organisational and administration skills.
  • Ability to adapt to change, working in a fast-paced, start-up environment.
  • Ability to supervise the work of junior staff, pro bono lawyers, volunteers and students.
  • Community legal education experience (training or teaching) including the ability to prepare and deliver high quality, effective presentations.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex information in a practical, accurate and understandable manner to potentially challenging clients in stressful and emotionally charged situations.
  • Understanding of and commitment to WEstjustice’s Vision, Purpose, Strategic Plan and Impact Areas.

 The full key selection criteria are contained in the position description available here: Senior Lawyer or Lawyer.

If you want to use your legal and advocacy skills to assist people experiencing mortgage stress, please send your resume together with a cover letter responding to each of the key selection criteria in the Position Description addressed to Ms Stephanie Tonkin, Director of Operations + Strategy at stephanie@westjustice.org.au and Mr Matthew Martin, Legal Director at matthew@westjustice.org.au by 5pm 20 July 2022. Please specify which role you are applying for. If you have any queries about the role, contact Matthew on (03) 9749 7720.

 

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.

For more information about WEstjustice, please visit our website (www.westjustice.org.au).

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.

 

 

 

Full-Time Lawyer, Economic Justice Program (Fixed-Term Contract)

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

 

Benefits and Culture

  • Competitive salary with generous salary packaging
  • Up to 5 hours study leave per week
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Based in Werribee with outreach work at other sites

 

The Role

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

The Lawyer will be employed as a member of the WEstjustice Consumer and Settlement Justice Program undertaking civil work within the Settlement Justice Program, which may include tenancy, fines, family violence, and consumer and/or debt matters experienced by clients from a refugee and/or recently-arrived background. They will also deliver casework as part of an associated project to assist the Burmese community of the Western Suburbs to gather evidence and process name changes with the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

The person we are seeking will be admitted to practice and have the proven ability to engage with and provide holistic legal assistance to at risk and/or disadvantaged clients.

The Lawyer will be primarily based at our Werribee office but will be required to work at our other offices and/or clinic sites, as need arises, including settlement agencies in the Werribee area.

The full key selection criteria are contained in the position description available here.

 

Remuneration

Salary range – $76,000 - $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).

Please apply by 5pm 20th July 2022 by sending your resume together with a cover letter responding to the each of the key selection criteria in the Position Description to joe@westjustice.org.au. Alternatively, please call Joseph Nunweek, Legal Director, Economic Justice 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. 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.

For more information about WEstjustice, please visit our website (www.westjustice.org.au).

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.

 

 

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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.

 

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 (temporarily closed)

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 | Mail: PO Box 2199, 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 | Mail: PO Box 627, Sunshine VIC 3020

Tel: + 61 3 9749 7720
Fax: + 61 3 9749 8276
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. (Office currently closed due to COVID-19 situation)