Field Officer -Criminal Law | Redfern

Field Officer – Full time Permanent Role

Redfern Location

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.

COVID-19 (double) vaccination is a condition of employment at the ALS.

About the ALS

The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS) is a proud Aboriginal community-controlled organisation. As Australia’s first community legal service provider, we’ve been fighting for justice and equity for over 50 years.

We provide free advice and representation in criminal law, children’s care and protection law, and family law for tens of thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people every year. We also run community programs to improve the lives of our people. We are well recognised for our work at the forefront of law reform and community advocacy.

Benefits of working with us

We offer a diverse, inclusive and supportive work environment, where you can develop and grow. 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 and additional leave entitlements.

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 Field Officer 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.

What you’ll bring to the role

  • Aboriginality - this is an identified position under Section 14 (d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977
  • 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
  • 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
  • Strong computer skills using Microsoft Office Suite
  • A willingness and ability to travel to regional, metropolitan and interstate locations for work purposes

How to apply

To download the application package for this position, please click ALS_Application_package___Field_Officer-_Redfern___January_2022.docx

Applications for this position close at 9am, Monday 21 February 

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