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Legal & Program Manager - The Bugmy Bar Book (BBB) Committee

LEGAL & PROGRAM MANAGER - The Bugmy Bar Book (BBB) Committee

Salary to $116,969 commensurate with experience + 10% super + salary sacrifice

Fixed Term 18 months (Possibility for extension) and flexible working arrangements considered



Opportunity to work closely with ALS, Public Defenders, academics and members of the private legal profession.  Role is geared towards improving social justice and equality within the criminal justice system.  The role is primarily responsible for engaging in strategy and planning to best deliver the objectives of the Bugmy Bar Book Committee.  It wil linclude delivering the quality research resources and education programs.  The key responsibilities include:

  • Continue to develop the depth and quality of the Bugmy Bar Book resources
  • Develop and deliver a comprehensive and dynamic education program to members of the the legal professional in metro, regional and more remote locations
  • Promote and improve a better understanding of the Bugmy Bar Book materials by the judiciary, the legal profession and how they can be used in court to promote better outcomes for people with a background of disadvantage.


The ALS aims to provide culturally appropriate information and referral, legal advice and court representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children in NSW and ACT.

The ALS is committed to achieving justice for Aboriginal people and the Aboriginal community. The ALS remains committed to being community focussed; being fearless in our advocacy; accountable and ethical and aiming to make a difference to create better futures; while also acknowledging and respecting Aboriginal traditional values and cultural practices.

The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT Limited (ALS) is a public company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Perform responsibilities to a high standard within agreed timelines and in line with ALS vision, mission and values and the objectives of the BBBC.

In addition to the key responsibilities outlined above, the position holder’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning and implementing the objectives of the BBB committee by creating a program to scale, including the further research required and the education program for the profession
  • Research, writing and producing an additional 3 chapters for the Bugmy Bar Book, focussed on forms of disadvantage not yet well understood, or effectively considered, by lawyers and judges in criminal court in Australia
  • Developing and providing legal education to the profession about the Bugmy Bar Book and its resources.
  • Confidence and ability to effectively deliver education to members of the legal profession and other disciplines.
  • 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.
  • Ability and interest in technology with skills in publication or web development, or willingness to develop those skills
  • Ensuring all duties and activities are carried out in an ethical manner, complying with ALS policies, procedures and any other applicable guidelines or legislation.
  • Traveling to regional and interstate locations for work purposes as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge and appreciation 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 staff.
  • Proven capacity to identify and understand legal issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islanders peoples.
  • 3-5+ years experience in criminal law and an NSW Practising Certificate (or be able to obtain one immediately).
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the Criminal Law, including practice and procedure.
  • Strong research skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work without supervision, manage resources and a diverse workload, together with high level conceptual, and analytical skills.
  • Interest in collaborating and working with a range of organisations and bringing people together to work effectively
  • Demonstrated commitment to the effective implementation of Workplace Health & Safety and Ethical and Diversity practices in the workplace.
  • A willingness and ability to travel to ALS’ various offices (regional and metropolitan) for supporting practitioners and delivery of education.
  • COVID-19 vaccination certificate.


1. A letter to the BBB committee, outlining two things:

  • A description of your criminal law experience. Please include reference to legal practice, research, policy or projects you have been involved in. 
  • What qualities and skills you have that will suit this role. 

This letter is to be no more than 2 pages. 

2. A one page document which sets out the value of the BBB and 3 ways that you would implement to increase the use and understanding of the BBB resources. This is to be no more than 1 page. 

3. An example of your written work. 

How to apply

To download the application package for this role please click here

Please submit your written application to Sarah Crellin, Acting Principal Legal Officer - [email protected]

Only candidates who have addressed the MANDATORY SELECTION CRITERIA and completed the package will be considered.

Applications for this position close at 5 pm Thursday 16 December 2021.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Solicitors are encouraged to apply.

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