Employment

Positions vacant:

  • Family Violence Advocate – SAGE

  • Community Lawyer – SAGE 

ECLC is seeking a motivated and experienced specialist lawyer and family violence advocate to deliver intensive and holistic family violence services to women experiencing family violence.

  • Full-time or part-time (0.8 FTE) applications welcomed for both roles; contracts to August 2019
  • Opportunity to contribute to an innovative legal program
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging, leave loading and additional paid leave over Christmas/New Year

The Organisation

Eastern Community Legal Centre responds to the legal and related needs of the communities across Melbourne’s east, with a focus on those most vulnerable. Professional and innovative services are delivered from three offices and numerous outreach locations.

ECLC has been selected by the Australian Government to implement a specialist family violence unit under the Women’s Safety Package (announced in September 2015). SAGE provides a unique model for providing legal and family violence support to women with increased vulnerability experiencing, or at risk of, family violence with multiple legal issues.

The SAGE team

The SAGE team offers:

  • intensive legal and family violence support
  • case management and strong referral pathways
  • ‘wraparound’ support with inclusion of additional services
  • a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach to supporting women to engage with legal processes.

The SAGE team includes the following personnel:

  • Project Co-ordinator – part-time/4 days
  • Community Lawyer – full-time (or part-time/4 days)
  • Family Violence Advocate – full-time (or part-time/4 days)
  • Intake and Administration Officer – part-time/2 days.

SAGE also has strong partnerships with services that provide additional specialist support.


Community Lawyer – SAGE

The role

As a key member of SAGE, the Community Lawyer will work within the SAGE team alongside the broader legal practice. The SAGE Community Lawyer will ideally have considerable experience in family violence, family law, child protection and generalist law and the ability to deliver a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach to supporting women to engage with legal processes.

Skills required

You will hold an unrestricted Victorian Practising Certificate and 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, including co-case management.  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:

  • an in-depth understanding of the social and gendered nature of domestic/family violence in the context of intimate partner violence
  • experience working within a multi-disciplinary environment particularly within family violence
  • an ability to maintain a balance between delivering legal services and working within a legal program model with specific objectives
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Position description


Family Violence Advocate – SAGE

The role

As a key member of SAGE, the Family Violence Advocate will work within the SAGE team alongside broader legal practice. The Family Violence Advocate will have considerable experience with complex case management and the ability to deliver a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach to supporting women to engage with legal processes. .

Skills required

You will be tertiary qualified in Health/Social Sciences, and/or have extensive experience in the family violence/community sector.  You will be a compassionate person who respects people, their circumstances and decisions. You will be able to effectively manage tasks and deadlines while maintaining a high degree of self-awareness, resilience and professionalism. Specifically, you will have:

  • an in-depth understanding of the social and gendered nature of domestic/family violence in the context of intimate partner violence
  • significant experience providing specialist family violence services
  • experience working within a multi-disciplinary environment particularly in family violence
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Position Description


Both positions are full-time or part-time (0.8 FTE), based at ECLC’s Boronia location (and integrated outreach locations across Melbourne’s East) on a fixed term contract until August 2019 (with the possibility of extension).

Attractive remuneration will be negotiated with the successful applicants based on qualifications, skills and experience.

Applications close Sunday, 13 May 2018

Applications that do not address the selection criteria contained in the relevant position description will not be considered.


Feedback: ECLC does not have capacity to provide feedback to all applicants. Those who are interviewed will be provided feedback on request.

ECLC employees will be expected to comply with the ECLC Code of Conduct.

Page updated April 19, 2018
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