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Aboriginal Identified - Professional Legal Placement - Legal Officer Grade I - State-wide - Talent Pool

Organisation / Entity: Legal Aid Commission, Office of the
Job category:
  • Legal and Justice
Job location:
  • Statewide
  • Central & North Coasts - Newcastle & Hunter Valley / Gosford, Central Coast and Region
  • Central & North Coasts - Newcastle & Hunter Valley / Lismore & Far North Coast
  • Central & North Coasts - Newcastle & Hunter Valley / Newcastle, Hunter & Region
  • Central & North Coasts - Newcastle & Hunter Valley / Port Macquarie & Mid-North Coast
  • Illawarra & South Coast / Wollongong & The South Coast
  • Regional NSW / Bathurst & Central West NSW
  • Regional NSW / Dubbo & West NSW
  • Regional NSW / Riverina & Murray
  • Regional NSW / Tamworth & North West NSW
  • Sydney Region / Sydney - Inner West
  • Sydney Region / Sydney - South
  • Sydney Region / Sydney - West
  • Sydney Region / Sydney City
  • Sydney Region / Sydney - Greater West
Job reference number: 0000921H
Work type: Full-Time
Total remuneration package: Salary ($69,445), plus employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading. Pro-rata for the period of the placement.
Contact: Scott Hawkins / Alison Szylo (02) 9219 5109 / (02) 9219 5811
Closing date: 05/03/2023 - 11:59 PM


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Do you proudly identify as Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander?

This is an Aboriginal identified recruitment

This means we want to recruit an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person for this role. Identified positions help organisations hire people who have Aboriginal cultural knowledge, experience or expertise in delivering services to Aboriginal communities. We are proud to have more Aboriginal solicitors than any legal practice in NSW and our aim is that 11% of all staff will be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.


This is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Identified 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 descent through parentage, identification as being Aboriginal and being accepted in the community as such.


The pre-screening questions ask if you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Aboriginality is defined by descent through parentage, identification as being Aboriginal and being accepted in the community as such.


This recruitment will be used to fill current vacancies and may be used to create a Talent Pool for similar ongoing or temporary vacancies we have over the next 18 months.



About us

Legal Aid NSW helps people with their legal problems. Our legal services include legal advice, help at court and family dispute resolution. We can help in most areas of criminal law, family law and civil law to people across NSW throughout our state-wide network of 25 offices and two satellite offices.


Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

Legal Aid NSW is committed to being a culturally safe and genuinely inclusive organisation and workplace for all people and communities that work with and interact with us, where people feel valued, welcomed, respected and heard.


We want people with diverse backgrounds to apply — including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, the LGBTQI+ community, culturally diverse people and other diverse communities. 


We acknowledge, support and accommodate the diverse access needs of people with visible and invisible disabilities. If you need a reasonable adjustment to participate in the recruitment process, or you’d like information about what we can do to help you, please contact our team at erecruitment@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.


We strive to be a place where Aboriginal people want to work and where Aboriginal voices and culture are valued.  Our commitment to having culturally safe workplaces, means that we will actively engage in culturally safe practices and deliver culturally safe services to Aboriginal people and communities. Our culturally safe recruitment practices mean we have at least one Aboriginal panel member for every Aboriginal Identified recruitment.


Other benefits of working with us

  • You will have access to training, development and mentoring opportunities.
  • We are an accredited Flex Ready certified employer and are recognised as leaders in the area of flexible work. Most of our staff work flexibly — for example, from home some of the time or in a way that helps them balance family and work life.


About you

We are looking for committed, hardworking law graduates who are about to embark on their Practical Legal Training and interested in working in our Criminal, Family or Civil Law Divisions. Applicants should indicate their preference in a practice area and location, which will be considered based on availability. 


The Legal Aid NSW Judge Bob Bellear Legal Career Pathways Program offers Cadetships, Professional Legal Placements, Graduate and Traineeship employment opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.


In the Professional Legal Placement role, you will be responsible for:

  • Providing high quality advice, minor assistance and casework service to disadvantaged communities
  • Conducting an effective legal practice
  • Complying with the Legal Aid Commission Act, policies and practice management standards and undertake all related administrative and case management activities.


The essential requirements for this role

You must:

  • be an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.
  • have completed your university studies to obtain a Law degree (LLB or equivalent).
  • be eligible to undertake your PLT.
  • be willing to undertake a Criminal Record Check. Certain roles will also require a Working With Children’s Check.
  • be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before you start work with us.


How to apply

You MUST submit your application online through www.iworkfor.nsw.gov.au. If you submit your application late or by email it will NOT be accepted. Your application must include:

  • your resume (no more than 5 pages)
  • a cover letter (no more than 2 pages). In your cover letter, please respond to these 2 questions:


1. Why do you wish to undertake your Practical Legal Training at Legal Aid NSW?

2. Explain the skills and attributes you can bring to this role. 

Make sure your application is complete and you have answered all questions before you submit it.


Do you need help to apply?

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