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Quarterly News April 2019

The start of 2019 has been an exciting period at Fitzroy Legal Service (incorporating the Darebin Community Legal Centre). With the initiation of a new Divorce Clinic supported by Gadens, an expansion of our Drug Outreach Lawyer Program and the continuation of our Women Transforming Justice Project; our team is set for a busy year ahead. The amalgamation of Fitzroy Legal Service and Darebin Community Legal Centre became official on 1 February 2019 and our new Board has held it's first two meetings. Read on for more details. 

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Employment Opportunity - Manager, Women Transforming Justice

Women Transforming Justice was established in response to the increasing number of women in Victorian prisons and provides an integrated, women-specific and community-based response for women in custody on remand. It is a specialised program that can work with women to enhance their prospects of bail and support them to live safely and stably in the community

The Manager of the Women Transforming Justice project has three key responsibilities:

  • managing and coordinating the project’s integrated service delivery
  • designing and leading the project’s plans for systemic reform
  • supporting and working with women with lived prison experience who are participating in the Women’s Leadership Program.

This role is an exciting opportunity to conduct high profile advocacy and drive systemic change across some of Victoria’s most pressing social justice issues, including women’s over-incarceration, Victoria’s housing crisis, the implementation of recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence and the chronic under-resourcing of mental health services. This systemic advocacy is significantly enhanced by the role’s close connection to direct service delivery. This role also provides an opportunity to participate in a genuinely peer-centred project, by working closely with women who have been criminalised and in prison to achieve the project’s objectives.

Candidates are requested to email the following as one PDF document:

  • A covering letter, no longer than one page;
  • A resume which includes details of education, work and volunteer experience.

Applications should be addressed to Claudia Fatone, Chief Executive Officer, and emailed as soon as possible but no later than 5pm Friday 29 March 2019 to cfatone@fitzroy-legal.org.au.  

The full position description can be downloaded here.


Employment Opportunity - Leadership Program Coordinator

This role is an exciting opportunity to participate in a genuinely peer-centred project, working closely with women who have been criminalised and incarcerated to achieve the project’s objectives. The role involves working directly with criminalised women and other peer-led organisations to drive systemic change across some of Victoria’s most pressing social justice issues, including women’s over-incarceration, Victoria’s housing crisis, family violence and significant failures in the mental health system. With input from women with lived experience, the coordinator will also develop and document best-practice for working with peers and provide guidance and advice to other organisations doing peer-led work.

The position is available for an immediate start.  The full position description can be downloaded here.

Candidates are requested to email the following as one PDF document:

  • A covering letter, no longer than one page;
  • A resume which includes your contact details, education, previous work and volunteer experience.

Applications should be addressed to Claudia Fatone, Chief Executive Officer, and emailed as soon as possible but no later than 5pm Friday 22 March 2019 to cfatone@fitzroy-legal.org.au.  

If you have any questions about the position, please contact the project manager, Megan Pearce on 0478 562 778.

Women, Aboriginal people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, people from recently arrived communities, people with lived experience of criminalisation and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Board position vacancy

The Fitzroy Legal Service Inc. is a not for profit incorporated association.  The Darebin Community Legal Centre and Fitzroy Legal Service have recently amalgamated to form one entity.   The Darebin Community Legal Centre is now a program of the Fitzroy Legal Service.

The purposes of the organization are:

  • to provide free and readily accessible legal service to people in necessitous financial circumstances who live, study or work in and around the City of Yarra or the City of Darebin and to such other persons in need as the Association may identify from time to time;
  • to initiate and encourage the reform of unjust or inequitable legal structures and processes affecting disadvantaged or vulnerable community members; and
  • to promote the agency of disadvantaged or vulnerable community members in the management of their legal affairs by providing legal information and education 

The Board of the Fitzroy Legal Service is looking to appoint an independent board member to complement the skills and experience of the current eight (8) board members.   We are seeking expressions of interest from individuals who have a passion for social justice, support our purposes, and have strong communication, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.    Additionally, experience in the commercial sector, branding/marketing, fundraising, philanthropic networks or publications will be well regarded.    Suitable candidates from a variety of cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island people, are encouraged to apply.

For further information please contact Claudia Fatone (Chief Executive Officer) via email cfatone@fitzroy-legal.org.au or mobile 0403 234 156.   To express your interest please send a covering letter and resume to cfatone@fitzroy-legal.org.au by COB Thursday 28 March 2019.


Employment Opportunity - Community Lawyer & Project Coordinator

This position will coordinate a new project “Rachel and her children” funded by the Victorian Legal Services Board Grants Program. 

Fitzroy Legal Service has partnered with Save the Children to deliver a multi-disciplinary practice (MDP) piloting a model of collaboration between legal assistance services and child centred services assisting parents who are victims/survivors of family violence.  

You will be a lawyer with a strong background in program co-ordination, direct service provision and experience building effective relationships with a broad range of stakeholders. You will have demonstrated ability to operate effectively in an autonomous role and possess outstanding communication, consultation and reporting skills. 

The position is offered as a full-time (38 hours per week) thirteen (13) month contract.  A less than full time equivalent position will be considered.  

Candidates are requested to email Fitzroy Legal Service the following as one PDF document:

  • A covering letter, no longer than one page;
  • Answers to the key selection criteria;
  • A resume which includes your contact details, education, previous work and volunteer experience.

Applications should be addressed to Claudia Fatone, Chief Executive Officer, and emailed as soon as possible but no later than 5pm Tuesday 12 March 2019 to cfatone@fitzroy-legal.org.au.

Full position requirements can be found in the recruitment information document.

 


Submission to Mental Health Royal Commission

We have provided a submission to the Mental Health Royal Commission and raised a number of structural and framework issues that must inform the terms of reference of the Commission.

To read our submission please click here


Quarterly News – November 2018

Fitzroy Legal Service has been a hive of activity over the last few months. We hosted a visit from former High Court Judge Michael Kirby, been involved in community pop-ups for the Week Without Violence, contributed to a critical family violence resource, and got some prominent media coverage of our public interest law work. Soon our members will vote on whether to proceed with the amalgamation with Darebin Community Legal Centre. Read on for the details.

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Reform needed to ensure equal access to vital diversion programs

Fitzroy Legal Service is a signatory, alongside 16 other legal advocacy bodies, to an open letter to the Attorney-General calling for diversion reform in Victoria.

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