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Aboriginal Identified - Paralegal - Clerk Grade 3/4 - Children’s Civil Law Service - Central Sydney - Full Time - Temporary until April 2022

Organisation / Entity: Legal Aid Commission, Office of the
Job category:
  • Legal and Justice | Paralegal
Job location:
  • Sydney Region / Sydney City
Job reference number: 00008L2J
Work type: Full-Time
Number of positions: 1
Total remuneration package: Up to $90,085. Package includes salary ($74,117 - $81,158), employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
Contact: (02) 9219 5135 - Rhiannon O'Donoghue
Closing date: 30/11/2021 - 11:59 PM


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Legal Aid NSW is the largest legal aid agency in Australia, comprising of a Central Sydney office and 25 regional offices in metropolitan and regional centres across NSW and a number of specialist services and advice clinics. Working at Legal Aid NSW provides the opportunity to support people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women and children, Indigenous people and people with mental illness who may experience difficulties when enforcing and defending their rights.




The Children’s Civil Service (CCLS) is a specialist team within Legal Aid NSW that provides holistic civil law and youth casework assistance to highly disadvantaged young people in Sydney who are involved with the criminal justice system. The CCLS is a multi-disciplinary team, and works in collaboration with criminal lawyers and other stakeholders to provide wrap around civil law services to vulnerable young people, including children and young people who are in, or have a history of being in out of home care. The CCLS assists young people in a range of civil law issues including: consumer debt, fines, discrimination and advocacy within the out of home care environment.


The role sits within the broader Civil Law Division, which provides civil law services to vulnerable people across the state.



A Paralegal will:
•    Undertake file work and legal research.
•    Provide and coordinate administrative support.
•    Work collaboratively with other administrative support staff and legal officers.



The successful applicant will have a passion for working with complex needs young people and their families and have excellent research and communication skills and the ability to multitask a variety of duties.





• Willingness to undertake a Criminal Record Check and/or Working with Children Check


• Hold Australian or NZ citizenship, Australian Permanent Resident or hold a valid working visa


• Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencement


• This role is an identified Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander recruitment under Part 5, clause 26 of the Government Sector Employment (General) Rules 2014. Legal Aid NSW considers that being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification under Section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW). Applicants for this role must satisfy the Aboriginality criteria. Aboriginality is defined by decent through parentage, identification as being Aboriginal and being accepted in the community as such.



Applications MUST be submitted online through www.iworkfor.nsw.gov.au to be considered. No late applications will be accepted.

Applicants should read the Role Description and consider the Focus Capabilities and Key Accountabilities when preparing their resume and cover letter.


Applicants are also encouraged to read the attached fact sheet on the Children’s Civil Law Service.

Applicants are requested to attach:

• current resume / curriculum vitae (CV) (maximum 5 pages) (including the name, phone number and email address of at least 2 referees, one of whom is a current or recent supervisor)

• cover letter (maximum 2 pages) responding to the following two questions:


1. This role requires the provision of services to vulnerable clients including young people with complex needs such as clients experiencing homelessness, addiction, mental health issues and domestic violence. What makes you suitable for this work?


2. This position involves paralegal support to lawyers providing legal advice and assistance in areas of civil law affecting vulnerable people. Give examples that demonstrate your skills and experience in these areas.

The selection process will include a range of comparative assessment techniques to assist in determining capability and suitability for the role.


This recruitment will be used to fill any current vacancies as well as to create a Talent Pool. This means a pool of unsuccessful but suitable candidates will be created and could be used to fill other temporary or ongoing paralegal opportunities within Legal Aid which may arise over the following 18 months.



Legal Aid NSW welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds, including people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the LGBTI community, culturally diverse people and other diverse communities.


Legal Aid NSW provides dignified access to accommodate the diverse needs of our community. We acknowledge and support the access needs of people with visible and invisible disabilities, as such all of our offices are accessible.


If you require a reasonable adjustment in order to participate in the recruitment process, or you are looking for general information about our reasonable adjustment process, please contact our team via email, and advise your preferred method of communication: erecruitment@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.


For Aboriginal specific information regarding working at Legal Aid NSW, our Aboriginal network, career development opportunities and support systems please email aboriginalservices@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.



• Temporary Opportunity at 35HPW until April 2022 with possibility of extension
• Enquiries: Rhiannon O'Donoghue on (02) 9219 5135 or rhiannon.odonoghue@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

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