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Field Officer, Criminal Law Practice

Broken Hill, NSW | Full Time | Permanent 

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 

Primary Purpose of the Role 

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.  

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 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. 

Why Join the ALS NSW/ACT? 

At the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS) we deliver quality and culturally appropriate legal and other support services that meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout NSW and the ACT. As part of the team, you will have the chance to make a difference and contribute to social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.  

Our focus is our people; the people and communities we support, and the team we employ. We offer a career you can be proud of and a place where you feel safe to be yourself. We invest in our workforce and appreciate the rich diversity they represent of life experience, languages, and culture.  

For many of our staff making a real difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities and working with a great, supportive team is its own reward.  

In addition, we offer valuable benefits including:  

  • Salary packaging options and novated car leasing - meaning your fortnightly take home pay is more than it would otherwise be. 
  • Annual Leave Loading of 17.5% 
  • Career and professional development opportunities 
  • Access to personal counselling for you and your family 
  • A range of additional paid leave, paid parental and study leave. 
  • Flexible work options – talk to us about how we can make this role work for you. 

The Role 

  • Delivering professional and culturally appropriate support, referral services and legal information to communities and clients  
  • Understanding and seeking to meet the demands and expectations of clients, their families and the broader Aboriginal community in which they work. 
  • Proactively engaging with communities to provide them with information and Community Legal Education using a variety of engagement techniques including using technology to assist in effectively delivering services. 
  • Assisting solicitors in maintaining client files, court diaries and appointment diaries and assist in the recording of client information and the preparation of client statistical information, as requested. 
  • Demonstrating continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices in dealing with clients, their families, communities, directors and staff. Continuing to learn about the customs and history of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

About You 

The successful incumbent will demonstrate: 

Essential  

  • 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. 
  • 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.  

Desirable 

  • Ability to prepare and deliver community legal education. 
  • Previous experience working in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community-based organisation. 

 How To Apply

Application Closure Date: 11:59pm, 24th February 2024

We encourage applicants to apply immediately as we may contact candidates prior to the closure date

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