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Justice Reform Projects Manager, Justice Projects Policy Partnership

Flexible NSW location | Full-time | 12 Months Fixed Term

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 ALS is seeking senior staff for its new policy, advocacy and justice projects. These roles would suit experienced staff and project managers who are able to lead a unit of 5-7 staff.

The projects focus on implementing the National Agreement on Closing the Gap and community-led justice reforms for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Why Join the ALS NSW/ACT team?

At Aboriginal Legal Services NSW/ACT you will make an impactful change. You have the chance to change lives and bring social justice and equity for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

Our focus is our people; the people 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. Born out of a protest movement over 50 years ago, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited is the primary legal service for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. It’s an exciting time for the ALS, with both our services and teams growing significantly. We recently received additional government funding to deliver a range of new programs aimed at addressing systemic issues and driving structural reforms. This is creating unprecedented opportunities for the ALS and our communities. 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. We appreciate that, but we want our team to know that we value them so offer benefits such as:


  •  Salary packaging options and novated car leasing
  •  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


About the Role: Manager, Justice Reform Projects

The Justice Reform Projects unit is responsible for delivering the Therapeutic Pathways for Children and Aboriginal Community Throughcare Strategy programs, two large-scale policy reviews to be delivered in partnership with the NSW Department of Communities & Justice (DCJ).

Therapeutic Pathways for Children: The ALS will lead a project aimed at establishing therapeutic pathways to appropriately address the underlying factors which bring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in contact with the criminal legal system. This project is a necessary first step to develop an alternative approach to current criminal legal responses. The ALS will work alongside DCJ and an external consultant to deliver two project elements:

  1. Engaging with Aboriginal communities and service providers to assess what changes to systems and services are needed to better address the underlying causes of young people coming into contact with the criminal process.
  2. Developing recommendations for new therapeutic alternatives to the criminal legal system.


Aboriginal Community Throughcare Strategy: In partnership with DCJ and an external consultant, the ALS will engage Aboriginal communities, government agencies and non-government stakeholders to deliver a three-phase project aimed at increasing culturally appropriate pre-and post-release support for Aboriginal adults and young people in contact with the criminal legal system:

  1. Audit & Scan: Map existing pre- and post-release programs, assess cultural appropriateness and efficacy, identify service gaps, and highlight opportunities to expand community control.
  2. Supporting Community Programs: Identify opportunities to increase support for existing throughcare programs already achieving positive results, particularly services provided by Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, to act as case studies in the development of a state-wide throughcare model.
  3. Strategy Development: Develop and deliver a NSW Aboriginal Community Throughcare Strategy, setting out an actionable pathway to ensure all Aboriginal people have access to culturally appropriate and effective throughcare services.



The Manager of this unit will have specialist knowledge of the criminal legal system, experience delivering complex policy reviews, strong professional networks, an understanding of government and public policy, and the ability to see projects through from end to end.


How to Apply:

  1. Send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]
  2. Download a copy of the position description



Applications Close 11:59pm Friday 1 December 2023

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