Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service
Field of Law
Stage of career
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
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?
Indigenous lawyers are strongly encouraged to apply