Learn about community justice, learn about us

As Australia’s first community justice centre and an International Community Justice Mentor Court the Neighbourhood Justice Centre's (NJC) welcomes  professionals, practitioners, student and community groups interested in learning about community justice or specific aspects of our unique model.

Talk to our Education and Learning Team for information about our:

  • Information Sessions (groups)
  • Professional or practitioner visits and placements
  • Tertiary student internships
  • Research requests
  • Work Experience (secondary school students)
  • Secondary school teachers’ resources

For all educational requests email: njc@justice.vic.gov.au (External link)

 Onsite information sessions

We hold Information Sessions at the NJC for tertiary students, staff from service organisations or local government, community groups and professional bodies.  

Session can include presentations, a tour of the Centre, a chance to observe court in action, group activities, and staff speakers, soyour group will gain insight into community justice as a concept and the NJC’s unique community justice model.  

Sessions are customised meet the learning needs and interests of each group. 

Onsite tours are suitable for groups of between 10 and 20 people.  (Groups may be combined where the group size is less than 10)

Sessions are usually held on Thursdays, and run for around two to three hours.

And note, we do not offer onsite visits to primary or secondary students, but we can present an information session at your school.

Professional or practitioner visits and placements


We welcome requests from academics, professionals or practitioners to visit the Centre or gain access to our resources.


We are committed, where able, to support visits, placements and study tours for those interested in investigating community justice or specific aspects of NJC’s unique operational model.


Tertiary student internships


The NJC has a number of programs for tertiary students seeking an internship for credit in their course of study.  Our programs include:

  • Student Project Team Program, 
  • Positions in one of the NJC’s Community Clinics: Wills & Wishes, Fines Assist, Forms and Advocacy Service.

If you are a student undertaking one of the following courses, specific arrangements are already in place with your institution.


Contact your subject- or work-integrated learning coordinator directly rather than the NJC.


RMIT University

Higher Education: Juris Doctor, Legal & Dispute Studies, Criminology, Justice Studies

Vocational: Financial Counselling

La Trobe University

Law, Juris Doctor, Criminology, Legal Studies, Social Work

Swinburne University

Community Services

Monash University



Institutions wishing to explore the potential for a cooperative arrangement with us contact: njc@justice.vic.gov.au (External link)

Students enrolled in other institutions or courses can email a request to: njc@justice.vic.gov.au (External link).  


Please note: opportunities are limited and subject to availability.  

Social Work Professional Placements for 2018 are filled and there are no further opportunities available in 2018.


Research requests

Academic staff, Higher Education Research students or other organisations and researchers are encouraged to submit a brief overview of their research proposal by email to: njc@justice.vic.gov.au (External link) 

The NJC welcomes the opportunity to collaborate or partner in research.

Secondary school teachers’ resources 

VCE Legal Studies students will soon have a plethora of resources about the NJC and community justice.

In response to demand for our information sessions, we are developing a range of relevant, engaging, and interactive classroom resources for VCE Legal Studies students.

Our Community Justice Toolkit is made in consultation with teachers, and to fit the requirements of the latest VCAA Legal Studies Study Design.

We aim to help teachers bring community justice alive, so the toolkit will include videos, interactive activities, and written resources to enhance the existing teaching program.


While the toolkit is designed for VCE Legal Studies, resources will be easily adapted in other contexts.  


Our Toolkit will include easy-to-understand articles and practical examples to help students comprehend a broad range of justice issues including the:

  • alternative approaches to sentencing
  •  social factors considered by judges in sentencing under a therapeutic model
  • effectiveness of sanctions in achieving their purposes and alternative dispute resolution.


Join our Community Justice Education Network


To receive the Community Justice Toolkit teachers are invited to sign up to our Community Justice Education Network Email: njc@justice.vic.gov.au (External link)   You’ll also get notifications about updates, new resources, professional development and other opportunities when they become available.


The toolkit is due for release mid-2018.

Work experience (secondary school students)


Unfortunately the NJC does not host secondary student volunteers or those seeking a work experience placement.