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ECLC is a multidisciplinary legal service that works to prevent problems, progress fair outcomes and support the wellbeing and resilience of communities and community members in Melbourne’s East. The Centre is an inclusive, supportive organisation that prioritises human rights, fairness and justice. Please see below for the list of current career vacancies.

Community Lawyer - Victims Legal Service

  • Fixed Term; 2 Year Contract
  • Part-time role (0.8 FTE) 30 hours per week
  • Caring, supportive and professional organisation culture
  • Attractive employee benefits include a friendly and supportive work culture, salary packaging, leave loading, additional paid leave over Christmas/New Year and on-site parking.

About the role

The Community Lawyer- Victims Legal Service will work within ECLC’s Community Law Program in a new Victims Legal Service, partnering with victim support services in Melbourne’s East.

The aims of the Victims Legal Service (VLS) is to:

  • provide victims of crime with trauma-informed, specialised legal advice and assistance related to state-funded financial assistance Victims of Crime (VOCAT)/Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) and Restitution and Compensation Order (RACO) matters
  • ensure victims of crime understand their rights, entitlements and available supports regarding statefunded financial assistance and restitution and compensation from the offender
  • support victims of crime to feel validated, heard and have their experience recognised
  • enable victims’ immediate legal needs to be identified and responded to in a timely manner to provide high quality, trauma informed casework service to victims of crime who seek to utilise both the VOCAT and FAS schemes. ECLC is committed to working with its community utilising a variety of direct legal services and community development strategies. This position will provide victims of crime casework services to people at a range of outreach locations within ECLC’s partner agencies.

This position will provide victims of crime casework services to people at a range of outreach locations within ECLC’s partner agencies.

As a part of the community law program, the Community Lawyer – Victims Legal Service will work within a collaborative and positive team of lawyers and other professionals, receive regular resilience and debriefing training and training in trauma informed practice and client care.

About You

You will be eligible to hold an unrestricted Victorian Practising Certificate and have at least two years demonstrated post-admission experience in a broad range of legal matters.  You will be comfortable operating both autonomously and within a cohesive team, and have the ability undertake projects recognising the relationship between casework, community development and community legal education.

Specifically, you will have:

  • Demonstrated post-admission experience or ability to acquire, in a broad range of matters, particularly victims of crime, family law/family violence, and generalist legal advice
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of trauma informed practice in a legal service provision context.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities including those experiencing marginalisation and isolation.
  • Demonstrated high level written and oral communication skills, including the ability to simplify legal jargon and to work well within a team environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to meeting the legal needs of disadvantaged groups.

For more information: Application Pack - Community Lawyer - Victims Legal Service

If you want to contribute to the success of an organisation working towards a community that respects and upholds the values of human rights, fairness and justice, please apply by forwarding a:

  • cover letter;
  • CV; and
  • responses to the key selection criteria contained in the position description;

by midnight, Sunday, 9 April 2023 to Deborah Miller, Managing Lawyer – Local Communities Lead at employment@eclc.org.au.

For questions please contact Deborah on (03) 9957 2416

Applications must clearly address the selection criteria. Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.


Elder Abuse Advocate - ROSE

  • Caring, supportive and professional organisation culture
  • Attractive benefits include a friendly and supportive work culture, salary packaging, leave loading, additional paid leave over Christmas/New Year and on-site parking.
  • Ongoing | Full Time | Location: Box Hill / Boronia

About the role

As a member of Eastern Community Legal Centre’s ROSE (Rights of Seniors in the East) team, the Elder Abuse Advocate – ROSE will:

  • Work collaboratively as an integral part of a multidisciplinary team alongside a community lawyer, financial counsellor and other community service professionals
  • Provide comprehensive psychosocial assessments, risk assessments, safety planning and case management to older people experiencing elder abuse
  • Work empathetically with older people from a trauma-informed, client-centred perspective
  • Contribute to partnership relationships across the Eastern region
  • Engage in secondary consultations
  • Develop and deliver community education sessions

About you

You are experienced in providing trauma-informed psychosocial support to clients experiencing complex legal, psychosocial, and financial issues. You love to work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team, and you are excited to pursue opportunities outside of client work, including community education & stakeholder engagement. Specifically, you have:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in Social Work, Health/Social Sciences, and/or extensive experience in the community/welfare sector
  • Experience working in family violence or elder abuse services
  • A thorough understanding of best practice approaches when working in elder abuse and demonstrated ability to deliver trauma-informed and client-centred services
  • The ability to comply with professional obligations & work within the constraints of a legal environment
  • A strong commitment to teamwork and belief in the value of integrated practice

For more information: Application Pack - Elder Abuse Advocate - ROSE

If you want to contribute to the success of an organisation working towards a community that respects and upholds the values of human rights, fairness and justice, please apply by forwarding a:

  • cover letter;
  • CV; and
  • responses to the key selection criteria contained in the position description (within the application pack)

to Claire Thurstans, Managing Lawyer – Elder Abuse at employment@eclc.org.au.

If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact Claire Thurstans on 0428 072 187.

Applications must clearly address the selection criteria. Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.                                                                 


Eastern Community Legal Centre welcomes candidates with experience of disability, and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for positions.

Eastern Community Legal Centre has zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to creating and maintaining a child safe organisation where protecting children and preventing and responding to child abuse is embedded in the everyday thinking and practice of all employees, contractors and volunteers.

Eastern Community Legal Centre is committed to supporting those within the workplace who are experiencing family violence and to create a workplace in which family violence has no place.

Eastern Community Legal Centre welcomes applications from current volunteers of the Centre. It is the position of Eastern Community Legal Centre however, that a person cannot be engaged as both a paid employee and a volunteer of the Centre. Please note that if successful in the recruitment process, any current volunteer would be unable to continue in their volunteering role for the duration of their engagement.

Eastern Community Legal Centre reserves the right not to make an appointment in a position.

ECLC employees are expected to comply with the ECLC Code of Conduct.

All terms and conditions of employment are contained in the ECLC Enterprise Agreement 2013-2016.

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