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Senior Policy & Project Officer, Aboriginal Justice Partnership

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

Primary purpose of the role

The ALS is seeking senior policy and projects staff for its new policy, advocacy and justice projects.

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.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply


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


The role

The position-holder will have specialist project management skills and a good understanding of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. They will be responsible for developing project planning documentation and coordinating deliverables under the AJP.

Aboriginal Justice Partnership

The Aboriginal Justice Partnership (AJP) is a foundational initiative required to implement the National Agreement on Closing the Gap in the legal system. The ALS is responsible for leading the partnership between the NSW Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in NSW. It is a new way of working together to transform the way the legal system works for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the state.

The AJP is being built from the ground-up and prioritising the voices of Aboriginal communities and organisations across NSW. The ALS is working with the Department of Communities and Justice on developing their partnership framework across the following work streams:

  1. Development of options for shared decision-making on justice issues at the local, regional and state-wide levels
  2. Building a pathway to grow the role of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations in the justice sector to deliver more services
  3. Establishing a quality improvement framework to embed cultural safety into the design and delivery of justice policies and programs
  4. Drafting a long-term strategy to reduce adult over-incarceration (Target 10), youth over- incarceration (Target 11) and family violence (Target 13)


How to Apply:

  1. Please send your resume and cover letter through to [email protected]
  2. Download a copy of the potion description here 


Applications close 11:59pm Friday 1 December 2023

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