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Field Officer, Wollongong

Wollongong  |  Full-time  |  Permanent 

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to liaise with local Aboriginal organisations and communities, to support Aboriginal clients, and their families who are involved with the justice system. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This is an Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander identified position.

This role would suit a strong communicator, with experience in client case management, knowledgeable about local committees and community groups and experienced in delivery of community education.


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 Field Officer will be responsible for: 

  • Delivering culturally appropriate support, referral services and legal information to communities and clients
  • Understanding the expectations of clients, their families and the broader Aboriginal community in which they work
  • Attending to client enquiries and providing support services including taking statements, identifying and arranging appropriate follow-up through the ALS or other agencies
  • Undertaking relevant case management activities and related administrative requirements
  • Maintaining an up to date knowledge of emerging legal issues
  • Proactively engaging with communities to provide them with information and Community Legal Education using a variety of engagement techniques 
  • Participating in committees, community groups, government and non-government meetings (as requested), to promote the services and impact of the ALS as a highly effective service provider
  • Contributing to the development of the ALS position on law reform initiative

Your skills and experience include

  • 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
  • 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
  • Demonstrated word processing and computer skills using Microsoft Office Suite

How to apply

Applications for this position close at Friday 23 September 2022.


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