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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 – Mabels (Yarra Ranges) 

ECLC is seeking a motivated and experienced community lawyer to deliver intensive and holistic legal support services for women and children at risk of, or experiencing family violence.  

  • Ongoing, Part-time role (0.6 FTE) 22.5 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 - Mabels will work in collaboration with Mabels Program partners and the Mabels Program personnel (particularly with the Mabels Family Violence Advocates) as part of a specialist team within the broader legal practice. The Community Lawyer - Mabels will ideally have considerable experience in family violence, child protection and generalist law and the ability to deliver holistic and high quality early intervention legal services to women and their children.   

About you 

You will be eligible to hold an unrestricted Victorian Practising Certificate and have demonstrated post-admission experience in a broad range of legal matters.  You will be a compassionate person who respects people, their circumstances and decisions and take a holistic approach to your work.  You are comfortable operating both autonomously and within a cohesive team, and have the ability to prioritise and manage multiple, competing demands.  Specifically, you will have:  

  • Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of family violence as it affects women and children  
  • Demonstrated understanding and ability to work within an early intervention model  
  • Experience working with or within a multi-disciplinary environment  
  • Awareness of the relationship between a partnership program model, integrated practice, casework and community development   

For more information: Application Pack - Community Lawyer - Mabels YR (08_2023)

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 on Sunday, 27 August 2023 to Susan Amos, Program Manager – Mabels and WELS at employment@eclc.org.au. 

 If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact Susan on (03) 9957 2448 

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


Managing Lawyer - Family Violence Initiatives

  • New role to support a dynamic and growing not-for-profit organisation
  • Caring, supportive and professional organisation culture
  • Attractive employee benefits: including salary packaging, leave loading and additional paid leave over Christmas/New Year
  • Ongoing | Full Time | Location: Boronia

About the role

The Managing Lawyer – Family Violence Initiatives will support the legal service delivery of the integrated, family violence legal programs within ECLC, as well as provide legal supervision to the community lawyers within the SAGE, Mabels and WELS programs.

The Managing Lawyer – Family Violence Initiatives will also work as part of a team within the SAGE program, to provide intensive, wraparound, legal case-work support to women experiencing family violence who encounter multiple barriers to accessing the legal system and often have several, complex legal, family violence and financial issues.

The Managing Lawyer - Family Violence Initiatives will contribute to partnership relationships with key organsiations in the region, engage in secondary consultations, and provide community legal education as required.

About You

You will be an experienced lawyer, passionate about helping women and children live safely. You will have experience working with or within a multi-disciplinary environment, preferably in family violence.

You will have experience engaging successfully with a diverse range of stakeholders at all levels and demonstrated ability to operate successfully in an autonomous role.

You will have experience or an interest in managing, mentoring and developing others and possess excellent communication and partnership skills.  You will have the ability to manage multiple, competing demands and the desire to grow with the organisation.

Specifically, you will:

  • Hold an unrestricted Employee Practicing Certificate in Victoria (or the eligibility to do so)
  • Have at least 5 years demonstrated post-admission experience, primarily in Family Law and including complex casework and litigation experience
  • Have demonstrated commitment to the provision of high quality services inclusive of the ability to act as an advocate, deliver legal advice and casework and undertake negotiation and dispute resolution on behalf of clients in complex family violence, family law and/or child protection, victims of crime and/or related legal matters
  • Extensive knowledge and practical experience in relevant law and procedure with a focus on the Family Violence Protection Act 2008, Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 and/or Family Law Act 1975
  • Have experience working with or within a multi-disciplinary environment or Health Justice Partnership
  • A commitment to understanding the dynamics of family violence and meeting the legal needs of women experiencing family violence who encounter multiple barriers to accessing the legal system
  • Have experience in managing and supervising lawyers (including volunteers) and/or mentoring and training less experienced lawyers
  • Be a highly motivated individual who can work effectively in a team environment and also work independently and remotely

For more information: Application Pack - Managing Lawyer - Family Violence Initiatives

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;

to Megan Ross, Principal Lawyer– Family Violence Initiatives at employment@eclc.org.au.

For questions please contact Megan on (03) 9957 2436.

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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Page updated August 3, 2023
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