Family Lawyer (part-time)

We are looking for a part-time (0.6 EFT) Family Lawyer with at least 3 years post admission experience and at least 1 year of experience practising in family law (including litigation) in Victoria.

The Family Lawyer position will provide family law advice and representation to survivors of family violence as part of a holistic and connected-up model of service delivery. The work will include parenting, divorce, and small property matters, in accordance with the Service casework guidelines.

The responsibilities of the role include drafting of correspondence and court documents, court appearances, Legal Aid applications, and appearance at Family Dispute Resolution conferences. There is scope to develop the role to fit the interests and experience of the successful candidate.

The Family Lawyer is a new role that will join our small team of five lawyers, two administrative staff and many volunteers. The role will work closely with our Family Violence Lawyer, who provides a family violence duty lawyer service at Moorabbin Justice Centre. In addition to legal practice, the role includes the opportunity to train community workers on family law, as well as to be involved in the preparation of family law reform submissions.

This is a 12 month fixed term contract (the position may be extended depending on funding).

The Family Lawyer will be based predominately at our office in St Kilda. However, from time to time they may be required to attend other locations including Moorabbin and Melbourne CBD.

Salary range: $70,000 – $74,000 per annum (pro rata) depending on experience, plus 9.5% superannuation, salary packaging, annual leave loading and bonus leave between Christmas and New Years.


To apply: In order to be considered, you must address all selection criteria in your application. Please email your resume, together with a brief introductory cover letter and a response of up to 3 pages addressing the selection criteria, to Ms Agata Wierzbowski, Principal Lawyer at using the subject line: Family Lawyer application via SKLS Website by 12 noon Monday 25 June 2018.

About St Kilda Legal Service

St Kilda Legal Service (SKLS) provides free and accessible legal services to members of the community within the Cities of Port Phillip, Bayside, Stonnington and parts of Glen Eira.  The Legal Service is committed to redressing inequalities within the legal system through casework, legal education, community development and law reform activities.

We are a generalist community legal centre that provides legal advice and casework assistance on a broad range of legal issues, and often sees vulnerable clients with legal matters associated with poverty, drug addiction, mental illness and homelessness. SKLS provides a generalist night service three nights per week, and operates two specialist programs: the Drug Outreach Program and the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Program. We also undertake community legal education and law reform activities throughout our community.