Victorian Family Law Pathways Network

Field of Law

Family Law

Stage of career

Graduates

Contact details

Address: 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Mailing Address: PO Box 196, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Phone: (03) 9287 5549
Visit the Victorian Family Law Pathways Network website
Contact person: Adam Chetcuti
Email: vicpathwaysmelb@ccam.org.au

Description of Organisation

The Family Law Pathways Network is an initiative of the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department. There are over 30 Family Law Pathways Networks across Australia establishing coordinated networks of professionals working in the family law system.

The Family Law Pathways Network mandate is to:

  • Provide networking and collaborative opportunities for practitioners working in the family law and support services sector, and
  • Foster appropriate referral pathways for separating families caught in the system.

Separating families face a range of problems. They often need legal and non-legal advice or support. By encouraging professionals to work together, learn and share information, we aim to:

  • Dispel professional myths and break down barriers to collaboration.
  • Improve coordination between organisations operating in the family law system.
  • Cultivate a shared understanding of professional roles within the sector.

Information for university students/graduates

Do you have a graduate clerkship program? (involving practical legal training and admission to practise)

No

Qualifications/skills required

  • Experience or interest in the Family Law Sector
  • A firm knowledge of how to use an iPad, iPhone and Android tablet
  • Completing 2nd year or higher of a degree in Law or Social Science
  • A courteous and pleasant manner, respectful and outgoing disposition, and a professional attitude
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Sensitivity to those in a difficult situation
  • Reliability and commitment to attending on rostered days

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

Family Law

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

Customer service experience, interest in family law

How does one apply:

The VFLPN advertises position early on in the year on our social media, website and through university LSS facebook pages.

Dates for application:

Varies – usually January – February each year

Do you require your applicants to be recent law graduates? If so, how recent?

No

Interview process:

Group interview

Do you have a minimum Grade Point Average standard for an applicant’s academic record?

No

If there are any fails on a candidate’s academic record how will they affect the recruitment process?

Not relevant

What sort of volunteer/internship opportunities are available?

The VFLPN offers volunteer position as an attendant at our Information and Referral Kiosk located at the Melbourne and Dandenong Family Law Registries.

Volunteers assist clients to access and understand court services, as well as a comprehensive range of family law support services as either a supplement or alternative to the services of the family courts. This involves communicating with lawyers, court staff, community program workers and most importantly individuals going through the family separation process.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to visit and learn about key family law support services (both legal and non-legal) and participate in professional development events where they can network with family law professional.

As part of this role, volunteer responsibilities include:

1) Helping self-represented litigants and professionals to navigate the court and assist them with general enquiries to successfully manage their day in court

2) Using the iReferVic service directory to assist clients and practitioners in locating services that best suit their needs. In doing so, attendants will gain a strong knowledge of the iReferVic app, available services and organisations

3) Contributing to keeping iReferVic app up-to-date by using information provided to you by practitioners at the courts and through individual sourcing

We ask for a commitment of 1-2 days per fortnight over a minimum period of 6 months from completion of training.

Volunteers participate in training prior to commencing at the Kiosk as well as any supplementary training thereafter. Attendance at regular supervision sessions will also be required.

At the completion of their time with the program, volunteers will receive a letter detailing their hours and key skills that they can include in their professional portfolio.

NB. Our volunteer program is eligible for ACU’s pro bono requirement for a law degree.

Contact person for volunteers:

Adam Chetcuti

Additional comments:

While we are unable to offer employment opportunities, we are an established network for family law professionals that provides networking opportunities and educational continuing professional development events. It would be worthwhile for family law professionals to join our membership to gain access to these resources.

Our membership is free, and recent law graduates interested in family law are also welcome to become members. People can register to become members here: https://www.vicflpn.org.au/become-a-member