Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service

Field of Law

Community Legal Centres; Indigenous; Family Violence; Indigenous Students/Lawyers

Stage of career

Undergraduate; Graduate; Practising Lawyers; Indigenous Students/Lawyers

Contact details

Address: City Office, Level 3, 70-80 Wellington Street, Collingwood 3066
Phone: 03 9244 3333
Visit the FVPLS website
Contact person:  Jenni Smith

Description of Organisation

The Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria (FVPLS Victoria) was established in October 2002 to provide assistance to victims of family violence and sexual assault and to work with families and communities affected by violence.

FVPLS Victoria is funded through a number of sources including the Commonwealth Attorney General's Department, Victoria Legal Aid and Department of Justice Victoria. We also receive project grants from various funders.

FVPLS Victoria is an Aboriginal corporation managed by an elected Board of Directors which means we are completely independent. Community representation and input is ensured through Board membership.

Number of legal positions within organisation:  9 Lawyers, 6 Paralegals, 5 Policy officers.

Information for Indigenous students/graduates

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

Occasional positions are available for Indigenous Law Graduates.

How does one apply

Watch the website for opportunities, and contact for more information.

Do you have seasonal clerkships available?

FVPLS have Summer Clerkships for Indigenous law students; these are designed to create a pathway for Indigenous law students into practice. This is run in conjunction with Tarwirri.

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

Family Law

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

Some experience in Family Law is essential for graduate applicants

Information for practising lawyers

What are you looking for in a permanent employee?

  • A strong desire to improve law and justice outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault.
  • Applicants need to have excellent communication skills.

What prior work is viewed favourably?

Experience in Family law, child protection and victim compensation

Where do you advertise your positions?

The Vacant Positions page of the FVPLS website 


Indigenous lawyers are strongly encouraged to apply

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