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Solicitor, Family Violence Prevention Unit

Canberra  |  Full-time  |  Fixed-term to December 2024 

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to represent and refer clients experiencing or at risk of family and domestic violence, to legal support, intervention and outreach services. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role would suit a junior Solicitor with passion for advising clients experiencing family disruption, to divert them from escalation within the legal jurisdiction.


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.

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 wellbeing 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.

The ALS has received funding in order to provide legal services in Canberra, ACT and on the South Coast of NSW (in Nowra) through the FVPU. This is a holistic service providing legal representation, advice, casework assistance and referrals to Aboriginal families impacted or affected by family violence and related issues such as homelessness or contact with child protection. The FVPU also seeks to provide early support around intervention and community education around alternative pathways to ensure children are not removed from families and communities. 

About the role

The primary responsibility of the Solicitor, (Family Violence Prevention Unit) is to deliver of culturally appropriate legal advice, and representation to clients experiencing or at risk of family and domestic violence in accordance with the ALS policies, procedures and guidelines in Care & Protection/Family Law including early intervention and outreach services, community legal education and referrals.


Your 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 when considering service delivery and other support for clients, their families, communities and staff
  • Legal qualifications and a current ACT Practising Certificate (or be able to obtain one immediately)
  • Up-to-date knowledge of and experience in Domestic Violence, Care & Protection and Family Law matters, including court practice and procedure
  • Understanding of the dynamics of family and domestic violence and its effect on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
  • Proven capacity to identify and understand legal issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples
  • Capacity and motivation to provide quality legal representation to Aboriginal people in communities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills combined with strong time management, legal research, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work autonomously and manage a diverse workload


How to apply


Please apply promptly, as we may shortlist and commence interviews within the vacancy period.

Applications for this position close extended to 5:00pm, Monday 31 July 2023.


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