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Field Officer, Criminal Law practice

Redfern  |  Full-time  |  Permanent 

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an rewarding opportunity to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons and their families, if they need to interact with the justice system. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role is identified for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This role would suit a confident communicator, able to practively engage with individual clients and communities, including taking statements, identifying and arranging appropriate follow-up services through the ALS or other agencies.


About the ALS

Born out of a protest movement, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited is the primary legal service for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. Our vision is to achieve social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

We offer a diverse, inclusive and supportive work environment. We’re passionate about what we do and we work hard. The ALS values the health and wellbeing of our employees and we are proud to offer flexible work practices. Staff can choose to take advantage of benefits including salary packaging to maximise take-home pay.


About the role

The primary responsibility of the Field Officer (Criminal Law Practice) is to provide high quality support and referral services to ALS clients. The Field Officer also works closely with ALS solicitors to provide holistic legal services.

The position holder will liaise with local Aboriginal organisations and communities, including local representative groups to link Aboriginal clients, organisations and communities with the justice system.


Your skills and experience

  • Identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and is accepted as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person in the community in which he or she lives
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal communities combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices when considering service delivery and other support for clients, their families, communities and staff
  • Knowledge and understanding of social justice issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people involved in the legal system
  • Knowledge of support and referral services available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients involved in the legal system
  • Ability to produce high-quality, accurate and relevant reports regarding client engagement, and outcomes of client support and referrals
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Proven self-motivation, demonstrating the ability to work autonomously and within a team
  • Excellent word processing and computer skills using Microsoft Office Suite
  • A willingness and ability to travel to regional, metropolitan, and interstate locations for work purposes
  • Desirable: Ability to prepare and deliver community legal education
  • Desirable: Previous experience working in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community-based organisation


How to apply

Readvertised, please apply promptly, we may shortlist and interview within the vacancy period.

Applications for this position close 11:00 am Friday 14 July 2023.


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