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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us here at Tenants Victoria.  

Our current volunteer availabilities are listed below. To support us in other ways, please see: Get Involved

Volunteer roles available - Board Director (2 positions available)

About the role

Tenants Victoria is seeking to appoint two new Board Directors. You will join a highly skilled and engaged board in driving forward our work guided by our new strategic plan. You will support achievement of our vision and contribute additional skills, experience and connections.
The Board oversees the operation of Tenants Victoria ensuring the provision of effective, high quality and innovative work to support, advocate for and represent residential tenants. It meets monthly. There are occasional additional meetings and planning sessions

About Tenants Victoria

Tenants Victoria is the peak body for renters in Victoria, a not-for-profit specialist community legal centre, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity regulated by the Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission.

It was formed more than 45 years ago to promote and protect the rights of tenants in Victoria and aims both to help individual renters in distress, and to work for legal and social change to improve conditions for renters.

Our vision is a safe, secure and affordable home for every Victorian renter. We work to achieve this by providing legal advice, information and representation to individual tenants; by supporting other community organisations to assist tenants; by our advocacy in the sector and to government, our policy work with partner organisations and by our public information and education programs.

In 2021 Tenants Victoria adopted a new strategic plan and is focussed on developing and adopting innovative ways of meeting the ever expanding numbers of renters facing financial and social distress.

Key selection criteria

The Board identifies the following as core skills for all directors:

  • Governance and legal – an understanding of the relevant legal and regulatory principles and frameworks and of good governance NFP practices
  • Finance and Risk – understanding and ability in financial and risk management
  • Strategy and organisational planning

We are currently seeking two new directors with skills and experience from amongst one or more of the following areas (as well as the core skills above):

  • Senior NFP leadership experience
  • Technology/Digital transformation
  • Business Development and Social Entrepreneurship

You have a long-standing personal commitment to social justice and can commit to our Vision. You are a strategic and innovative thinker and enjoy working collaboratively to support development and reform. You understand and desirably have experience in sound NFP governance and have connections with people and organisations that align with Tenants Victoria’s work. You also have excellent interpersonal communication skills.

How to apply:

If you would like further details or information about the role, please contact
Judith Dickson (Chairperson) on 0429001044 or by email at chairperson@tenantsvic.org.au

Email your resume and covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria and setting out your relevant skills and qualifications, board and other relevant employment experience and interest in joining the Tenants Victoria Board, to The Chairperson, Tenants Victoria Board, at chairperson@tenantsvic.org.au using the subject line: ATTN: EOI Board Director application

Volunteer roles available - Practical Legal Training Paralegal

PLT Paralegal

  • Multiple Volunteer positions available – 2 days a week
  • Practical Legal Training (PLT) within the Community Law Sector
  • Based in CBD

About this role

Tenants Victoria is the specialist tenancy law community legal centre in Victoria. We provide legal and other assistance to tenants and advocate and campaign for reform to residential tenancy law and practice. Through our education and training programs, we support other community agencies to build capability to assist their clients. Our legal service assists tenants living in private rental, public and community housing, rooming houses and caravan park residents to maintain fair, secure, and dignified housing. We provide a tenancy law phone advice line, email advice, negotiation assistance, representation, and advocacy.

We currently have a number of PLT Paralegal vacancies open. These are volunteer positions, available 2 days a week for a minimum of 6 months (24 weeks), with the opportunity for extension.

The main purpose of the role is to provide high quality paralegal and administrative support to the Legal Services Team, including providing casework support, drafting legal documents and letters, corresponding with clients, making referrals, preparing summaries, attending VCAT hearings, and more. In return, Tenants Victoria will provide you with real world training that allows you to put your legal knowledge to practice.

Our office is based in CBD, Melbourne, and we have flexible working arrangement during COVID-19 restrictions.

About you

You have completed your Law Degree and are looking for practical experience within the community legal sector, where you can make a real difference to people’s lives. You are a driven, motivated self-starter who can work collaboratively, and autonomously, as needed. You have high attention to detail, are well-organised, and can prioritise tasks.

Key to your success is your:

  • Sound interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with team members, external stakeholders and tenants seeking legal assistance.
  • The ability to work autonomously when required, and to complete tasks efficiently, on time and with attention to detail.
  • The demonstrated capacity to balance multiple and at times competing priorities in a high-pressure environment.
  • A commitment to social justice, and an understanding of the legal issues faced by tenants in Victoria.
  • Basic knowledge of the law and court and VCAT procedure with a focus on tenancy law.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others and to foster a co-operative and supportive team environment.
  • Strong skills in the use of MS Office Software (particularly MS Word, Excel, Outlook) relevant to a legal practice, and the capacity to quickly acquire competency in the use of our client database.

Required qualifications and experience

  1. You must have completed a Law Degree.
  2. You must be currently completing, or enrolled in, professional legal education to gain admission to practice (i.e., through College of Law or Leo Cussen).
  3. You must not be currently admitted as a Lawyer. Lawyers will not be considered.
  4. You must be willing to undertake a Police Check and a Working with Children Check prior to your placement with us.

Why choose us

  • We conduct ourselves with the values of celebrating diversity, integrity, continuous improvement, professionalism, and collaboration.
  • A supportive team environment, working alongside other high calibre professionals and support staff who strive for the best outcomes for our clients
  • A commitment to your professional and personal development through training and supervision.
  • A flexible working environment

Tenants Victoria is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, women, people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability and people identifying as LGBTIQ are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Please submit your resume, and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages responding to the following:

  • Why you have chosen to apply for this role
  • How you satisfy the key selection criteria

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so please submit your application via email as soon as possible. A full position description is available below. Please direct applications and any queries to Kylie Betts People and Culture via email to kylie.betts@tenantsvic.org.au

Position description
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