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Family Violence Lawyer

Northern Community Legal Centre

We are seeking a full-time family violence lawyer to work with our growing family violence team undertaking work at our duty lawyer service, clinics, partnership outreaches & family violence projects.

Position Objective

The Family Violence Lawyer will work with a dynamic and justice minded Legal Team to provide high quality legal services, including advice, casework, and court representation to eligible clients across a range of legal practice areas. The Family Violence Lawyer will have the opportunity to develop and implement community legal education programs and other projects aimed at increasing access to justice among our priority clients in our region.

The Family Violence Lawyer will raise awareness of NCLC’s service by working with with our local priority client groups, community organisations and other stakeholders to raise awareness of NCLC’s service and to ensure our services are appropriately targeted at NCLC’s priority clients. The Family Violence Lawyer will work alongside our Community Development Team, including our Mental Health Support Coordinator to ensure that our service is accessible to our priority clients and that clients engaging with our service are assisted holistically with social supports in mind.

Our office is based in Broadmeadows and NCLC services the Broadmeadows Magistrates Court Intervention Order program. During COVID restrictions, our clinics operate remotely. Subject to clinic and court requirements, the successful applicant will be able to work flexibly from home as negotiated with the Legal Practice Manager.

about you

We are seeking a lawyer that has been admitted to practice with at least two years’ experience in family law and/or family violence and have the proven ability to engage with and provide holistic legal assistance to priority clients. Strong stakeholder engagement skills are vital to ensuring the continued success of this program.

Remuneration

Salary range up to $90,000 per annum SCHCADS Award (depending on experience), plus employer funded superannuation. In addition, generous salary packaging is available (including access to Accommodation and Meal Entertainment packaging).

About Northern Community Legal Centre

The Northern Community Legal Centre (NCLC) is a dynamic not-for-profit community legal centre which operates in one of the fastest growing areas of Melbourne, and has a significant catchment including the Moreland, Hume and Mitchell Shire Local Government Areas. The NCLC operates from a central office located in Broadmeadows with outreach clinics to other service areas. NCLC ensures services accessible to all the community by providing legal advice, education and referrals. However, NCLC recognises that there are members of our community who suffer serious disadvantage and has prioritised marginalised people who have the least resources and ability to access legal assistance including; newly arrived and refugees; survivors/victims of family violence, young people, people with mental health issues, and have aligned our service delivery accordingly.

NCLC employs over 20 staff including 9 lawyers to provide advice, casework, community legal education, community development and administrative support to priority clients, including victims of family violence, refugees and the newly arrived, people diagnosed with a mental illness, young people aged 25 and under and other people facing systemic barriers. Our main office is in Broadmeadows and we assist clients at a range of outreach locations.

A position description is attached.

interested?

For further information on the role, please contact Jenni Smith, CEO on 03 9310 4376. For further information on NCLC, please visit our website - northernclc.org.au. All applicants must address the Essential Selection Criteria to be considered.

Northern Community Legal Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people living with a disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, LGBTIQ+ identifying people and mature age workers to apply.

We will be processing applications as they are received.

The successful applicant will require a current Working with Children’s Check.

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