Field Officer, Broken Hill

Field Officer, Criminal Law Practice - Broken Hill

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



The primary responsibility of the Field Officer, Criminal Law Practice is to provide high quality support services to clients, in accordance with the ALS policies, procedures and guidelines; to contribute in the delivery of high quality legal services to Aboriginal clients

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

The position holder will also be required to attend to client enquiries including when in police custody, liaise with clients, their families and the community providing information as to the operation of the criminal justice system



 Attend to client enquiries and provide appropriate administrative support services including: taking statements; identifying and arranging appropriate follow-up through the ALS or other agencies.

  • Liaise with client to ensure appointments, attend upon clients in police custody and ensure that clients receive relevant information as to their rights.
  • Liaise with clients, their families and the community providing information as to the operation of the criminal justice system.
  • Assist 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.
  • Assist solicitors generally in the preparation of legal representation of clients, maintain routine client liaison and ensure that clients have sufficient access to their legal representation particularly where legal advice is required and ensuring that actual legal advice concerning a particular case is only given by a qualified solicitor or barrister.
  • Deal with client complaints and take further steps where appropriate.
  • Participate in committees, community groups and organisations and inter-agency liaison to further promote the image of the ALS as a highly effective service provider.
  • Submit work reports in writing to the Cluster Manager/Managing Solicitor.
  • Ensure the lawful achievement of ALS core business objectives to the highest standards of probity and efficiency, and with due reference to the interests of all stakeholder.
  • Ensure all policies and practices are ethical and comply with the ALS’s policies and workplace health and safety legislation and promote the establishment of equal employment and access in accordance with agreed statutory policy.
  • Demonstrate continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices in dealing with clients, their families and communities.
  • Display good time management skills.
  • Work collaboratively as a team member with all other legal, field and administrative staff to achieve effective co-ordination within your office and Cluster service.
  • Develop and maintain good negotiation and communication skills and where appropriate assist, guide and support other field and administrative staff.
  • Keep up-to-date on legal developments and procedures and identifying training needs.

Essential Criteria

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or is accepted as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which he or she lives.
  • An extensive knowledge of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices in dealing with clients, their families, communities and the social issues affecting those communities.
  • Experience in working with communities to establish and maintain effective networks with relevant service providers, both government and non-government.
  • Commitment to the principles of social justice.
  • Ability to coordinate, facilitate and implement community education forums.
  • Demonstrated negotiation, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated organisational, project management and computer skills.
  • Proven ability to work effectively as part of a team and with minimum supervision.
  • Hold a current valid NSW Drivers Licence, inclusive of Provisional.
  • Hold qualifications in National Diploma in Indigenous Legal Studies (Tranby College) or equivalent, or enrol in and make satisfactory progress in such a course of study

How to apply

To download the application package & view full job description for this position please click here

Please submit your application to Christy Cromelin, Administration Coordinator  [email protected].

Only candidates with completed application packages will be considered.

Applications for this position close at 5 pm on Friday 4 June 2021.


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