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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.

Practice Lead – Family Violence Initiatives

  • Caring, supportive and professional organisation culture
  • Attractive employee benefits: including salary packaging, leave loading and additional paid leave over Christmas/New Year
  • Permanent | Full Time (1.0 FTE) | Location: Boronia

About the role

ECLC has a longstanding commitment to addressing family violence and helping those that it affects through innovative and coordinated responses. While the Centre addresses family violence through a broad range of prevention, early intervention and response programs, the Family Violence Initiatives (FVI) teams implement and develop distinctive Health Justice Partnerships or Integrated Practice programs.

There are a number of programs that sit within the FVI directorate, with each program providing a collaborative approach to service delivery to co-ordinate the case support of clients and to ensure that the intertwined legal, health, social and financial needs of a client and their children are considered.

The Practice Lead will work across these teams, promoting a person-centred, trauma informed approach and providing supervision to the family violence advocates, as well as support to the multidisciplinary practitioners within the FVI directorate.

About You

You will hold tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline and have 4-5 years demonstrated experience in delivering services to women experiencing or at risk of experiencing family violence.  You will be respectful and compassionate person, confident in supervising and supporting a team of practitioners.  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 experience working with or within a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Demonstrated ability to provide a person-centered, trauma informed approach that assesses and manages risk to women and children experiencing or at risk of family violence
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and liaise successfully with a diverse range of practitioners
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to produce high quality written and verbal reports
  • Group facilitation skills and experience

For more information: Application Pack - Practice Lead - 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;

by Sunday, 4 December 2022 to Trish Reck, Program Manager – Family Violence Initiatives at employment@eclc.org.au.

For any questions, or further information on the role, please contact Trish on (03) 9957 2424.

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


Community Lawyer - SAGE 

  • Caring, supportive and professional organisation culture
  • Attractive employee benefits: including salary packaging, leave loading and additional paid leave over Christmas/New Year
  • Initial 2 Year Fixed Term Contract | Full Time | Location: Boronia

About the role

ECLC’s SAGE Program provides a unique model for providing intensive wraparound legal, family violence and financial counselling support to women with increased vulnerability experiencing, or at risk of, family violence with multiple legal issues. SAGE seeks to overcome barriers that can make accessing services more difficult for some women experiencing family violence.

As a part of the SAGE program, the Community Lawyer – SAGE will work in close partnership with a Family Violence Advocate, Financial Counsellor and Intake and Administration Paralegal within an integrated practice framework where all client appointments are conducted jointly in the interests of ensuring legal and other support needs are effectively addressed.

The Community Lawyer – SAGE will provide intensive, legal support, advice and representation 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.

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 post-admission experience in a range of matters including family violence, family law, child protection and generalist law.
  • Demonstrated 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
  • Experience working with or within a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Demonstrated high level written and oral communication skills, including the ability to simplify and clearly communicate complex information, including legal jargon
  • Experience working with people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds

For more information: Application Pack - Community Lawyer - SAGE

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 Sunday, 4 December 2022 to Megan Ross, Principal Lawyer – Family Violence Initiatives at employment@eclc.org.au.

For any questions, or further information on the role, 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.


Intake and Administration Paralegal – SAGE

  • Caring, supportive and professional organisation culture
  • Attractive employee benefits: including salary packaging, leave loading and additional paid leave over Christmas/New Year
  • Permanent | Part Time (0.8 FTE) | Location: Boronia

About the role

ECLC’s SAGE Program provides a unique model for providing intensive wraparound legal, family violence and financial counselling support to women with increased vulnerability experiencing, or at risk of, family violence with multiple legal issues. SAGE seeks to overcome barriers that can make accessing services more difficult for some women experiencing family violence.

As a part of the SAGE program, the Intake and Administration Paralegal – SAGE will work closely with a Community Lawyer, Family Violence Advocate and Financial Counsellor within an integrated practice framework.

The Intake and Administration Paralegal – SAGE will provide intake services to women seeking assistance through the SAGE program, and provide paralegal and administrative support.

About You

You will hold or be enrolled in a relevant qualification in community services, law or related discipline (Business Administration, Legal Services, Community Development). You will have experience in administration and client services within the community services sector, ideally the community legal sector. You will be a compassionate person who respects people, their circumstances and decisions. You will also have demonstrated experience working with a diverse range of client groups and those with complex needs.

Specifically, you will have:

  • High-level of written and oral communication skills with a diverse range of people, community groups, agencies and government departments
  • Exceptional organisational and administrative skills
  • Demonstrated capacity for resourcefulness with an ability to manage competing and complex work priorities
  • A commitment to the principles of equity, access and social justice

For more information: Application Pack - Intake and Administration Paralegal (SAGE)

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 Sunday, 4 December 2022 to Trish Reck, Program Manager – Family Violence Initiatives at employment@eclc.org.au.

For any questions, or further information on the role, please contact Trish on (03) 9957 2424.

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 November 23, 2022
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