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Aboriginal Targeted - Legal Officer Grade I-III - Criminal Law Division (Coffs Harbour, Gosford & Tamworth) - Ongoing & Temporary Full-Time

Organisation / Entity: Legal Aid Commission, Office of the
Job category:
  • Legal and Justice | Solicitor
Job location:
  • Regional NSW / Tamworth & North West NSW
Job reference number: 00009YJ7
Work type: Full-Time
Number of positions: 3
Total remuneration package: Up to $140,584. Package includes salary ($84,663 - $125,521), employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
Contact: Rachel Howell (02) 6766 6322
Closing date: 04/10/2023 - 11:59 PM


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About us


Legal Aid NSW helps people with their legal problems. We can help people with most areas criminal law, family law and every day civil law legal issues. We give legal advice, help at court and do family dispute resolution. We can do this over the telephone or at one of our 28 offices.


About the role


Provide legal advice and representation to clients of Legal Aid NSW, including minor assistance and casework service, in accordance with Legal Aid NSW policies and guidelines in order to contribute to the implementation of Legal Aid NSW’s mission to deliver high quality legal services to our clients and to assist them to resolve their legal problems.


About you


The successful applicant will be passionate about the provision of legal services to disadvantaged people in the criminal justice system. You will have strong communication skills to enable interaction with a range of stakeholders and strive for exceptional service delivery. Applicants should be hardworking, a team player, have a passion for criminal law and a desire to learn new skills as well as expanding upon existing strengths.


This is an Aboriginal targeted recruitment. This means that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. But it doesn’t mean that non-Aboriginal people can’t apply – we also welcome applications from anyone who is interested in the role.


We may use this recruitment to create a talent pool for similar ongoing or temporary vacancies we have over the next 18 months.





We are committed to diversity and inclusion


We are committed to creating a culturally safe and genuinely inclusive organisation and workplace for everyone who works and interacts with us. We strive to be a place where people from diverse backgrounds want to work, where voices and cultures are valued and where people feel valued, welcomed, respected and heard.


We want a workforce that reflects our clients, so we can deliver a service that meets the needs of the community. We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds — 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 an 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.


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.

Essential requirements

You must:

·         be admitted or be eligible for admission as a legal practitioner in NSW

·         be able to provide a current NSW Practising Certificate before you start work with us

·         be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before you start work with us

·         be willing to do a Criminal Record Check and

·         hold Australian or NZ citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency (for ongoing vacancies) or a valid visa to work in Australia (for temporary vacancies)


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.

·         You should read the role descriptions attached here and consider the focus capabilities and key accountabilities when you prepare your resume and cover letter.

Please attach:

A.    Your current resume (no more than 5 pages)

B.    A cover letter (no more than 2 pages), responding to these questions:


1.    Please outline your skills and experience in practicing criminal law and/or providing legal services to disadvantaged people?

2.    What do you believe some of the key challenges would be in working as a criminal lawyer in a busy regional office and how would you address those challenges?

Closing Date: Wednesday 4 October 2023 [11:59pm]

Do you need help to apply?


It’s important to properly prepare before you apply for a role. Here is some other information to help you:


·         If you have questions about the role, you can contact– Rachel Howell on (02) 6766 6322 or Rachel.Howell@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

·         If you are an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and are thinking about applying, you can contact the Aboriginal Services Branch to arrange a confidential conversation about any questions you may have.

·         The Role Description sets out the responsibilities of the role.

·         The focus capabilities and key accountabilities in the role description indicate what is expected at that level. Being familiar with these will help you understand what the panel will be looking for in the successful candidate. 

·         Applying for a Role

·         Working at Legal Aid NSW

·         Guide to creating a resume and cover letter