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Managers - Justice Projects, Policy & Practice

Flexible - NSW/ACT | Full-time | Fixed-term 

These are Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander identified positions, which is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 

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 projects with a unit of 5-7 staff.  

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


About the ALS

Born out of a protest movement, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited is the primary legal service for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. Our vision is to achieve social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities. 

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. 

We offer a diverse, inclusive and supportive work environment. We’re passionate about what we do and we work hard. The ALS values the health and well-being of our employees, and we are proud to offer flexible work practices. Staff can choose to take advantage of benefits including salary packaging to maximise take-home pay.

About the role

Manager, Closing the Gap Coordination and Planning 

The Manager will be responsible for the ALS’ coordination and planning of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap (CTG).  

As a member of the NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Peak Organisations (CAPO), the ALS plays a key role in the implementation of the National Agreement on CTG. The ALS and the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) are co-chairs of the Aboriginal Justice Partnership Committee, which is responsible for delivery of a Program of Work aimed at:  

  • Reducing rates of Aboriginal adults in prison (Target 10) 
  • Reducing rates of Aboriginal young people in detention (Target 11) 
  • Preventing rates of family violence (Target 13) and 
  • Delivering structural reforms across the justice system as per the National Agreement’s Priority Reforms 

The Manager of this unit will have knowledge of the Closing the Gap framework, strong stakeholder management skills, and the relevant skills and experience to be able to operationalise partnership agreements between the ALS and key stakeholders. 

Manager, Justice Reform Projects

The Manager will be responsible for the Therapeutic Pathways for Children and Aboriginal Community Throughcare Strategy programs.  

Therapeutic Pathways for Children  

To divert Aboriginal children away from the criminal legal system, the ALS will lead a project aimed at establishing therapeutic pathways to appropriately address the underlying causes of youth offending. This project is a necessary first step to develop an alternative approach to the current criminal legal response to children’s offending behaviour.  

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 people across NSW.  

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


Applications for this position close at 5pm Friday 22 September 2023.


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