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Community Lawyer

Organisation : ARC Justice

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Part-time

Profession : Legal

Sector : Community Development

Salary type : Annual Package

About the organisation

Organisation Name : ARC Justice

ARC Justice is an independent, not-for-profit, human rights organisation that incorporates the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre, the Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre and Housing Justice.
Our programs deliver accessible legal services, tenancy advice and support to those in our community in the greatest need. We deliver community education and advocate for systematic change that enhances the rights of rural and regional Victorians. We recognise that housing and legal issues do not occur in isolation and we work with local partners to ensure a whole-of-person approach to our work. 

About the role

The Community Lawyer will provide legal assistance to clients in our key practice areas of family violence, child protection and family law, along with other areas relevant to disadvantaged communities, such as summary crime and general civil law practice.  

With support and training, the Community Lawyer will be required to attend outreach court locations to provide advice, consultations and case work in various practice areas.   

The incumbent will have the opportunity to provide their clients with wrap around legal service, working collaboratively with community services and partners. This role involves proactive networking and community engagement, and the opportunity to identify systemic issues and think strategically. 


About You

You are a lawyer with a passion for human rights and providing legal assistance to clients in disadvantaged communities. A range of applications will be considered including newly admitted lawyers and those with more experience.  

Shepparton is a thriving community, recent developments include a new court precinct and the new architectural Shepparton Art Museum (SAM). Shepparton is 2.5 hours from Melbourne. Flexible work arrangements will be considered and relocation assistance is available. 

You are able to: 

  • Deliver high quality, accurate legal advice and manage casework 
  • Develop strong relationships with other supporting organisations/services 
  • Communicate with clients and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds 

You will be joining an established and cohesive team that has a strong culture of collaboration and continuous improvement.


The Offer

  • 1 FTE (76 hours per fortnight) ongoing position. 
  • A flexible and supportive team environment where staff engagement and development are prioritised. 
  • SCHADS Level 4-6 Award salary, subject to skills and experience. 
  • 3 days ex gratia between Christmas and New Year’s Day. 
  • Salary packaging and accommodation and meal/entertainment packaging is also available. 
  • Relocation assistance is also on offer for the right candidate. 


To Apply

Applications must be submitted via email and not through any third-party recruitment platform.

Please address applications to Ben Wu, People and Shared Services Manager, via email

Applications must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV/Resume)
  • A cover letter
  • Your response to the key selection criteria (essential and desirable skills/experience)

How to apply

Please note that applications that do not respond to the key selection criteria (essential and desirable) will not be considered for interview. 

Applications close at 9am Monday 13th June 2022, with interviews to take place the following week.


More Information (Position Description)

To find out more about this role, including details on the key responsibilities and key selection criteria, please refer to the position description by clicking here.

Enquiries can be directed to Ben Wu via email at, or via the phone on 03 5445 0950.

ARC Justice is an inclusive employer. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, members of the LGBTIQ+ and culturally diverse communities encouraged to apply.


Please quote in application: Community Lawyer via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Legal
Sector: #Community_Development


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