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Senior Solicitor(s), Criminal Law (Relief)

Flexible Location - NSW |  Full-time  |  Fixed-term (12 months)

Primary Purpose of the Role

To provide management and leadership of the ALS family law practice services, staff and resources to ensure that high quality family law services are provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients across NSW and the ACT, and that these services are delivered in an effective, culturally safe and trauma informed manner. 

Why Join the ALS NSW/ACT?

At the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS) we deliver quality and culturally appropriate legal and other support services that meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout NSW and the ACT. As part of the team, you will have the chance to make a difference and contribute to social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

Our focus is our people; the people and communities 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 ALS is the primary legal service for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT and is fearless in its advocacy for those we represent. 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.

In addition, we offer valuable benefits including:

  • Salary packaging options and novated car leasing - meaning your fortnightly take home pay is more than it would otherwise be.
  • 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.

The Role

  • Manage and lead the provision of high quality and effective family law services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients including children across NSW and the ACT whilst maintaining an effective balance between the management of the family law practice, casework, legal education and policy and law reform work
  • Lead and manage staff within the practice area through regular and meaningful communication of ALS operating and strategic plans and operational needs; allocate and review work including the management of workloads; provide clear guidance and direction to staff; engage staff in the development of performance goals and plans; encourage professional development and continuous learning; provide timely and constructive feedback to staff; address and resolve team and individual performance issues in a timely and effective way; and manage staff leave and practice resourcing
  • Under the direction of the Principal Solicitor, conduct recruitment of staff and volunteers including overseeing their induction and probation
  • Oversee the intake and allocation of family law early intervention advice services and matters within the practice and implement quality assurance processes in the provision of family law services

About You

The successful incumbent will demonstrate:


  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices when considering service delivery and other support for clients, their families, communities and staff
  • Legal qualifications and a current unsupervised NSW Practicing Certificate
  • A minimum of 5 years’ post-admission experience in family law including casework and court representation in parenting matters
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously to manage the day-to-day activities of a law practice, including staff supervision, work allocation, workload management, professional development and performance reviews
  • Experience in providing effective family law advice and representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients
  • Valid Working with Children Check


  • Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • Eligible to represent children as an Independent Children’s Lawyer in NSW
  • Experience in the legal practice area of child protection 

How To Apply


Applications for this position close at 11:59pm, Wednesday 17th January 2024

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