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Volunteer Positions Available March 2020

Fitzroy Legal Service Inc. are currently looking for daytime volunteers:

Daytime Administration Assistant/s. Proficiency in answering phones and fielding inquiries.  Locations at both Fitzroy and Reservoir.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

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 emailed to: Anna Caleo, Volunteer Coordinator acaleo@fls.org.au      


Employment Opportunity - Finance Officer / Bookkeeper

We are looking for a motivated experienced bookkeeper to join our small finance team to maintain appropriate records of all income and expenditure, payments and receipts including accounts payable in accordance with standard internal controls and tax requirements.

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Sound bookkeeping experience;
  • Experience in MYOB/Xero or similar accounting package;
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite including Word and Excel;
  • Ability to set work priorities within a competing environment, meet deadlines and work in an unsupervised capacity; and
  • Good oral and written communication skills.

Please refer to the Position Description for more detail.

How to apply

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

  • A covering letter, no longer than one page;
  • A response to the Key Selection Criteria; and
  • A resume which includes details of education, work and volunteer experience.

Applications should be emailed no later than 5pm Monday 16 March 2020 to bkelly@fls.org.au. Enquiries can be directed to Brendan Kelly on (03) 9411 1312.


Quarterly News December 2019

As we reach the end of 2019 and reflect on the impact we have been able to make, the Fitzroy Legal Service would like to acknowledge the support provided by our funders, program partners and individual donors, and thank all our staff and volunteers for their dedication to advancing access to justice for all members of our community.  

Our 2018-2019 Annual Report was released on 28 November 2019 at our Annual General Meeting and can be viewed here.

 

 

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Submission to the Legal and Social Issues Committee in support of Spent Convictions Legislation

We have provided a submission to the Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Victorian Parliament in support of Spent Convictions Legislation.

With this legislation, Victoria has an important opportunity to learn from other jurisdictions and to be a leader in expanding the attainability of a second chance, developing a scheme that genuinely pursues the values articulated in the Inquiry’s terms of reference namely; transparency, fairness, rehabilitation and reintegration and community safety and wellbeing.

Our submission includes eighteen recommendations for consideration in establishing a Spent Convictions Scheme in Victoria.   Read our full submission by clicking here.


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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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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