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Solicitor – Legal Officer Grade I-III – Grants Division (Family Law Team) – Talent Pool for Temp/Ongoing Roles

Organisation / Entity: Legal Aid Commission, Office of the
Job category:
  • Legal and Justice | Solicitor
Job location:
  • Sydney Region / Sydney City
Job reference number: 00009XU0
Work type: Full-Time
Total remuneration package: Up to $140,584. Package includes salary ($84,663 - $125,521), employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
Contact: Kasey Matheson
Contact email: +61 2 4908 6157 or email: kasey.matheson@legalaid.nsw.gov.au
Closing date: 24/09/2023 - 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 of 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


We are currently advertising the role of Grants Solicitor (Operations) for the Family Law team at the Grants Division. This role will assess, process and determine complex applications for grants of legal aid across a range of criminal, civil or family law matter types, in accordance with Legal Aid NSW policy and budget requirements and ensure delivery of high quality client service.


About you


You are an experienced, self-motivated lawyer who:

-  Has strong communications skills

-  Thrives working in a team environment and works well with others

-  Is able to confidently and promptly make accurate determinations in accordance with policy


We will 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.



The essential requirements for this role


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/or Working with Children Check

·        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.


Your application must include:


·        your resume (no more than 5 pages)

·        cover letter (no more than 2 pages). In your cover letter, please address the following question:

What post admission experience do you have in family law and care and protection matters and what factors would you consider when giving consideration to reasonable prospects of success?


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


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 the Hiring Manager – Kasey Matheson on +61 2 4908 6157 or email: kasey.matheson@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. 

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