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Solicitor(s), Custody Notification Service

Redfern or Moruya  |  Full-time (including shift work)  |  Fixed-term to 30 June 2024

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to provide vital connections between Aboriginal people taken into police custody, with legal advice and family support. 

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

This role would suit recent Law graduates as a proactive career launch into Criminal Law advocacy and practice.


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, Custody Notification Service (CNS), Criminal Law Practice is to provide (within a dedicated team) a 24-hour legal advice and support phone line for Aboriginal people taken into police custody. In particular, the position holder will:

  • Provide legal advice and support over the CNS telephone to persons in custody
  • Assess if the person in custody is facing any self-harm threat or requires any duty of care notification or response
  • Contact the person’s family and/or an Aboriginal Field Officer to ensure parental or family concern for their whereabouts and health are minimised
  • Complete CNS forms and logs

Multiple vacancies may be available.  Shift allocations/ rotations across 24 hours, 7 days according to work requirements.

One vacancy based from Moruya office is available.


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 a NSW Practicing Certificate (or be able to obtain one immediately)
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the Criminal Law, including practice and procedure
  • Proven capacity to identify and understand legal issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islanders peoples
  • Proven capacity to provide strong client advisory, support and advocacy role and capacity to provide quality legal advice to Aboriginal people in custody
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to generate and log relevant client related information
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work without supervision and manage a diverse workload, together with high level conceptual, and analytical skills

How to apply


Applications for this position close extended to 5:00 pm, Wednesday 19 July 2023.


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