South West Sydney Legal Centre has now changed its name to:

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We still offer the same services, free to our community, we just look a bit different.

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Our people

Justice Support Centre is driven by a dedicated group of people pursuing a future in which there is access to justice for all, and women and children are free from family violence.

Our Leadership Team

Yvette Vignando

Yvette Vignando

CEO

Biography

Yvette joined Justice Support Centre in June 2019 as our CEO. Her background includes legal practice, management in not-for-profit environments, media and publishing and executive coaching. She has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor and Master of Laws and is a graduate of the AICD's Company of Directors course.

Peter Multari

Peter Multari

Principal Solicitor

Biography

Peter joined Justice Support Centre as Principal Solicitor in 2003. Before joining our organisation, Peter owned and operated his own legal practice in Liverpool for over 15 years. Peter has held positions with a number of private companies, with responsibility for areas including marketing and loss prevention. In addition to his legal qualifications, Peter holds a degree in Economics.

Elly Raffo

Elly Raffo

Manager Domestic and Family Violence Casework Services

Farah Assafiri

Farah Assafiri

Manager South West Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Service

Janice Waring

Janice Waring

Manager Sydney Women’s Domestic Violence Service

Effi Vassiliadis

Effi Vassiliadis

Operations Manger

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Our Board

Justice Support Centre is managed by an independent, volunteer management committee. The committee members come from the broader community and support the principles of social justice and equality. Their collective skills and experience are an invaluable resource to the centre.

Naushee Rahman

Naushee Rahman

President

Biography

Naushee has 15 years’ experience in the public sector, including at NSW Treasury where she held several roles since 2007, before joining TAFE NSW as Director of Policy and Industry Engagement. Most recently, she focused on strategic projects and reform, working on skills reform policy and national skills negotiations with the Commonwealth. Previously, she led advocacy and strategic projects at the NSW Small Business Commission and implementation of activity-based funding at NSW Health before that.

Diana Chang

Diana Chang

Vice President, Secretary

Biography

Diana brings over 35 years’ experience as a commercial litigation lawyer and has been consistently recognised as a leading and recommended practitioner in that area in Australia. She has been a partner in commercial law firms including a founding partner of a leading corporate boutique law firm and Office Managing Partner and Practice Leader in the Sydney office of Clifford Chance, a global law firm. Throughout her career she has steered and actively contributed to social justice initiatives of the firms she has worked at. She was a Member of the NSW Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Committee for 2 years and was also a part-time member of the Australian Takeovers Panel for 6 years.

Rakesh Raj

Rakesh Raj

Treasurer

Biography

Rakesh is the Finance Consultant of Flow Systems Pty Ltd Sydney. He started his career at Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants. He has been a Finance Director and Regional Controller of several Australian and multinational companies and a large independent not-for-profit college. Rakesh holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from the University of Technology Sydney. He is a member for CPA Australia, Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants of Australia and a registered BAS agent.

Rivkah Nissam

Rivkah Nissam

Member

Biography

Rivkah is Impact Manager with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC). She has expertise in social and legal policy, having held senior roles with strategic policy consulting firm Inside Policy, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. Rivkah has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, including community legal centres and has worked in frontline roles in domestic and family violence and homelessness services.

Joanna Abraham

Joanna Abraham

Member

Biography

Joanna works as Legal Counsel with Settlement Services International, a community organisation and social business that operates both nationally and internationally. Prior to this, Joanna was a Manager and Principal Lawyer with Justice Connect, overseeing a generalist legal practice. Joanna’s background is in not-for-profits, including extensive experience in legal and practice management roles in community legal centres. Joanna has also worked with the Australian Human Rights Commission, and has held positions on a range of human rights committees, including with the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.

Carmela Tassone

Carmela Tassone

Member

Biography

Carmela is a Senior Lawyer in the Office of General Counsel, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. Immediately prior to joining the Commission Carmela was the founder and Principal Director of CP Partnerships Legal & Consulting, a specialist legal and consulting practice. She has extensive human services experience having worked in legal and non-legal roles in government and non-government sectors. Carmela has expertise in litigation and legal policy and reform, particularly in relation to the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people.

Annual Report

Learn more about the impact our services have had for our community over the years and how our services are funded.

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Work with us

Interested in joining the team? Take a look at our current vacancies and learn more about what it’s like to work with Justice Support Centre.

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Our impact

Find out more about our impact in the community.

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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands, skies and waterways in which we live and work, the Gadigal, Cabrogal, Darug and Eora people. We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, partners and community leaders.

Head office

Level 4, 2-14 Meredith St, Bankstown
Darug & Eora Country, NSW 2200

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