Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Second Steps Program

Field of Law

Criminal; Health

Stage of Career

Secondary; graduates; Practising Lawyers

Contact Details

Address: Level 7, 380 St Kilda Road
Phone: 0419 446 269
Visit the Community Programs page of the Toll Group website
Contact person: Ruth Oakden

Description of Organisation

The Toll Group Second Step Program is a specialised employment program designed to provide employment opportunities to people who experience barriers to employment resulting from prior criminal histories, lengthy period of unemployment, substances abuse issues or other marginalizing factors.

The Second Step Program assists the transition from unemployment to regular employment by providing necessary understanding  within the work environment, internal and external support options and access to additional training or time off to address specific imposts like parole or community service appointments.  The combination of supports is designed to enable the development or re-establishment of routines, habits and relationships required to succeed in the world of employment.

Number of legal positions within organisation: None

Does your organisation have a human rights officer?

Toll has a Second Step Program Manager, Chaplaincy Manager and Indigenous Engagement Manager.

Information for secondary schools

Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?


Contact person for school trip and/or speakers:

Ruth Oakden

Information for university students/graduates/practising lawyers

What are you looking for in an applicant?

A person who is compassionate and empathetic towards people from disadvantaged backgrounds experiencing a multitude of personal, social and economic challenges.

Qualifications/skills required

A degree or diploma in social work, drug and alcohol issues, psychology, mental health.

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

As above

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

Experience working with people from disadvantaged backgrounds experiencing a multitude of personal, social and economic challenges.

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


Where do you advertise your positions?

Through and on the Toll website

Do you use a recruitment agency?


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