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Field Officer, Criminal Law Practice

Parramatta, NSW  | Full-time | Permanent 

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity for Field Officer to join our Criminal Law Practice team. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

The purpose of this role 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.  


This is an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander identified position which is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.  


About the Role 

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. 

The position will play an active role in Community Legal Education using a variety of engagement techniques; including using technology to assist in effectively delivering services.  

The Field Officer provides information to solicitors regarding relevant criminal law issues arising in communities. They attend relevant community meetings and represent the ALS on relevant working parties, as requested. 


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. 

It’s an exciting time for the ALS, with both our services and teams growing significantly. We recently received additional government funding to deliver a range of new programs aimed at addressing systemic issues and driving structural reforms. This is creating unprecedented opportunities for the ALS and our 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 well-being 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. 


What you’ll bring to the role 

To be successful in this position you will need to demonstrate: 


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; 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 
  • Commitment to the principles of social justice 
  • 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 
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices when considering service delivery and other support for clients, their families, communities and employees  


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