National Office – Victoria

Eastern Community Legal Centre

The Victorian program is run by the ECLC. The team is compiled of the following people:



Satbir Singh – Volunteer


Satbir has been a volunteer with the Human Rights are Aussie Rules Project since early 2011 whilst completing his Bachelor of Laws/Arts degree at Deakin University. Satbir has a strong sports background as a volunteer coach and has been secretary of Clayton District Cricket Club since 2009. He combines this passion for sport with a commitment to Human Rights and has recently become a member of the Youth United Nations Education Committee to further promote justice, equality and cultural awareness amongst students. He also holds further committee positions and is currently branch secretary of Rostrum Public Speaking organisation. In 2011, Satbir received the Community  Engagement Award from Deakin University for his services to numerous organisations. Satbir can be contacted at

Tamsin Khor – Volunteer


Tamsin is a Science/Law(hons) student at Monash University. She also has a background in competitive swimming and has been working as a swim instructor for Belgravia Leisure for five years. Within the community, Tamsin has been involved of volunteer organisations including World Vision and the Red Cross. Tamsin first developed an interest in human rights when studying in Italy, getting to learn about human rights from a global perspective. She has since been selected for the Just Leadership Program at Monash and has written submissions to Parliament on Australia’s Immigration Detention Network.


Stephanie Thirlwall – Volunteer

Stephanie is currently undertaking an Arts/Law double degree at Deakin University (Burwood).  She moved to Australia when she was fifteen years old and is adapting well to Australian life. She has even picked an AFL team – Go Saints!

Stephanie began working with HRAaR at the end of 2011, and has brought a wealth of experience, through her work with children. As well as tutoring children in sport at Clifton Creek Primary School, and Gippsland Grammar Primary School, she also spent four months in Tanzania teaching English to children. The HRAaR has allowed Stephanie, to continue fulfilling her strong passion for working with children as well as making a significant impact in the community.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith is Eastern Community Legal Centre’s CEO and has led the organisation since 2004. The role involves working with the staff team of about twenty (including six lawyers), about 100 volunteers, community agencies, government and other funders.

Michael originally trained as a youth worker (BA), completed a Master of Social Work and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has worked across the community sector in homelessness, local government, community development, community management and partnership building.

Currently, Michael is the National Convenor (Chair) of the National Association of Community Legal Centres. He is extensively involved in legal and family violence networks and other projects.