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Aboriginal Identified - Solicitor - Legal Officer Grade I-III - Civil Law Service for Aboriginal Communities - Full-time - Lismore - Temp to 31 July 2020

Organisation/Entity: Legal Aid Commission, Office of the
Job Category:
  • Legal and Justice | Solicitor
Job Location:
  • Central & North Coasts - Newcastle & Hunter Valley / Lismore & Far North Coast
Job Reference Number: 00007EI6
Work Type: Full-Time
Number of Positions: 1
Total Remuneration Package: Up to $127,094 Package includes salary ($77,578 - $115,017), employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
Contact: (02) 6620 7143 - Merinda Dutton
Closing Date: 24/11/2019 - 11:59 PM


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Legal Aid NSW supports improved access to employment and career development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 


Please note this is an Aboriginal Identified role for applicants who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.



Legal Aid NSW is the largest legal aid agency in Australia, comprising of a Central Sydney office and 24 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 Civil Law Service for Aboriginal Communities (CLSAC) delivers legal services to specific Aboriginal communities and correctional centres across NSW that are responsive to their legal, social and cultural needs. Through outreach and phone services, CLSAC aims to provide high quality advice and casework services to Aboriginal people that deliver better outcomes for people's everyday lives. It works with Aboriginal communities and community workers to increase their capacity to deal with civil law problems as they arise and to work in partnership with other legal and non-legal services. The team manages a diverse and demanding workload and commonly handles consumer law, housing, Centrelink, fines and human rights matters. It also engages in strategic advocacy about systemic issues facing Aboriginal people across NSW.



The position is 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 successful applicant will be a lawyer who has experience working with Aboriginal clients and communities and has a passion for addressing the social justice issues facing communities across NSW. 




• Admission or eligibility for admission as a legal practitioner in NSW


• Ability to provide a valid Practising Certificate upon commencement 


• 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 


 Holds a valid Australian driver’s license




 Please Note: This is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identified advertisement under Part 5, clause 26 of the Government Sector Employment (General) Rules 2014. 


In the pre-screening questions you will need to provide information on how you satisfy the Aboriginality criteria. Aboriginality is defined by descent 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 requested to attach:

• current resume / curriculum vitae (CV) (maximum 5 pages)

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


1. What is your experience and knowledge of issues that impact on access to justice for Aboriginal people and communities in NSW?


2. This role requires you to take a community development approach to legal service delivery in the northern rivers and Clarence valley regions and to develop strong referral networks to improve access to legal services. Please outline your suitability for such a role. 


This recruitment will be used to fill any current vacancies and may be used to create a Talent Pool for similar future vacancies that may arise over the next 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.


Legal Aid NSW considers that being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification under s 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW). 

Applicants applying through this Aboriginal Targeted stream must satisfy the Aboriginality criteria. Aboriginality is defined by decent through parentage, identification as being Aboriginal and being accepted in the community as such. 

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


• x1 Temporary Opportunity at Lismore (35hpw)
• Enquiries: Convenor Merinda Dutton on Merinda.Dutton@legalaid.nsw.gov.au or (02) 6620 7143
• Applying for a Role 
• Working at Legal Aid NSW

• Package up to $127K 

• Jobs Board Ref No. 00007EI6
• Closing Date: Sunday, 24 November 2019 11:59pm


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