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Solicitor, Civil, Grade 3 Redfern

Redfern/ hybrid considered  |  Full-time  |  Fixed-term contract to Dec 2023

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to engage with a range of government, community and legal stakeholders, providing community legal education and building the capacity of ALS staff to respond to civil law matters.

Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role would suit an Intermediate Civil lawyer with interest to build their supervisory skills and networks across ALS and affiliated stakeholders.


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.


About the role

The primary responsibility of the role is to provide high quality civil law assistance to Aboriginal people in NSW. This will include coordinating the ALS Fines Service and providing legal advice, assistance, and representation services in a range of matters including:

  • Disability related matters including assisting clients with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
  • Fines, housing and other matters arising from contact with the criminal justice system
  • Victims’ compensation and other matters arising from family violence


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 in dealing with clients, their families, communities and staff
  • Legal qualifications and an NSW Practising Certificate (or be able to obtain one immediately)
  • Up-to-date knowledge of relevant law and procedures, including the Fines Act 1996; an understanding of ‘court election’ procedure, sentencing outcomes and risks in relation to challenging fines in the Local Court or Children’s Court; Revenue NSW hardship policies; and other relevant guidelines
  • Proven capacity to identify and understand legal issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islanders peoples
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills combined with ability to prepare and maintain manuals, forms and other documentation
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work without supervision, manage resources and a diverse workload, together with high level conceptual, and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to the effective implementation of Workplace Health & Safety and Ethical and Diversity practices in the workplace
  • Knowledge and experience working with Microsoft Office Suite
  • A willingness and ability to travel to ALS’ various offices (regional and metropolitan), conferences (local and interstate) and events


How to apply


Applications for this position close at COB Tuesday 28 February 2023.


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