Family Advocacy and Support Services

Full or Part time
Salary negotiable based on experience
Bendigo or Shepparton

The Position

The Senior Family Lawyer will play a significant role in providing access to justice by delivering and coordinating family law services as part of the ‘FASS’ (Family Advocacy and Support Services) program funded by Victorian Legal Aid Commission. This role supports vulnerable and disadvantaged community members by assisting clients with their legal rights and responsibilities in family law matters.

The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating and delivering responsive duty lawyer services at the Bendigo and Shepparton Federal Circuit Court as well as family law casework and advice to our priority clients, particularly those who have experienced family violence in conjunction with a team of more junior solicitors. The ‘FASS’ program is a relatively new program and therefore this position offers a unique opportunity for the incumbent to develop and build awareness for the program through proactive networking and community engagement.

The Senior Family Lawyer will ensure a high-quality service that responds to community need. The incumbent will be innovative and collaborative, and will lead best practice in legal service, including leading in associated service implementation, advancement and reporting responsibilities.

About Us

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 you

You will be a lawyer with a passion for human rights and providing legal assistance to clients in disadvantaged communities. You will have experience supervising and supporting other more junior lawyers. You have more than 4 years post admission experience with considerable experience in family law.

You can:

The benefits of working at ARC Justice


A competitive salary package is available for this role.  The salary package will be negotiated with the candidate and will reflect the candidate’s breadth and depth of experience in family law.

To apply

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

Please send your application via email

Applications must include:

Additional Information

This position is available immediately. Candidates will be assessed, and interviews arranged as applications are received.

To be considered for this opportunity you must meet the following criteria: