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Solicitor, Grade 1 (Care & Protection)

Newcastle  |  Full-time  |  Permanent 

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to deliver early intervention legal services including advice and non-court assistance to Care & Protection and Family Law clients.

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

This role would suit a graduate Solicitor with interests and passion for Care & Protection/ Family Law matters.


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 Solicitor (Care & Protection/Family Law Practice) is to undertake high quality legal advice and representation to clients, in Care and Protection matters and State Family Law matters (requiring travel).

The position holder will be required to prepare and research representation of Aboriginal clients in Care & Protection/Family Law matters.

Your skills and experience

  • Legal qualifications and a current NSW Practising Certificate
  • Knowledge of NSW Care and Protection Laws and Family Law
  • Capacity to represent Aboriginal clients and undertake an advocacy role before Courts or Tribunals
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to provide quality customer service in a high-volume work environment
  • Proven capacity to identify and understand legal issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged Aboriginal peoples
  • Capacity to prepare excellent written communication skills to prepare court documents, correspondence, submissions and other written materials
  • Well-developed legal research/analytical and statutory interpretation skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work without close supervision and to manage a diverse workload
  • Knowledge and experience working with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices 

How to apply

Applications for this position close on Wednesday 30 November.


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