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Solicitor - Legal Officer Grade IV - Civil Law - Broken Hill - Full time (Temporary)

Organisation / Entity: Legal Aid Commission, Office of the
Job category:
  • Legal and Justice
Job location:
  • Sydney Region / Sydney City
  • Regional NSW / Far West and North Central NSW
Job reference number: 00009CHZ
Work type: Full-Time
Number of positions: 1
Total remuneration package: Up to $146,956. Package includes salary ($129,311 - $131,799), employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading. Pro-rata if part-time.
Contact: Steven Wright (08) 8004 9600
Closing date: 03/02/2023 - 11:59 PM

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Aboriginal Targeted – Solicitor, Legal Officer IV,

Far West (Broken Hill) – Civil Law Division

(Temporary 2 years Full time until 31 December 2024)

 

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.

 

Why you should join Legal Aid NSW!

 

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 27 offices.

 

OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN BROKEN HILL

 

- Work Life Balance

- Remote Location Allowance/Additional Leave

 

Broken Hill is one of NSW most remote cities and the first to be heritage listed. With a population of around 17,000 and servicing a number of local areas Broken Hill is the hub for many smaller local communities. Located approximately 1,114km from Sydney, 500km from Adelaide and 300km from Mildura and serviced by Regional Express Airlines and Qantas, Broken Hill is also only 48km from the South Australian Border. Made famous by immortalisation in a number of Australian films, Broken Hill is renowned for heritage and culture in a remote setting. The Broken Hill office of Legal Aid NSW services Broken Hill, Wentworth and Wilcannia and has two full time experienced criminal lawyers, a fulltime family lawyer and welcomes a range of visiting lawyers from all over NSW delivering local services.

 

About the role

 

The Grade IV solicitor in Broken Hill will provide Civil Law legal services to vulnerable clients within a broad and remote geographic area. This will involve developing novel and effective ways of delivering Civil Law legal services to remote communities.

A Grade IV Legal Officer in the Civil Law Division will:

  • Provide a high-quality advice, minor assistance and casework services in areas such as consumer rights, mental health, human rights, employment, housing, social security, and/or coronial inquests, and other areas of civil law.
  • Conduct an efficient and effective legal practice in accordance with the standards required by Legal Aid NSW.
  • Contribute to the Leadership of the Civil Law Division,
  • Assist people to overcome disadvantaged circumstances
  • Comply with the Legal Aid Commission Act 1979, Legal Aid policies and practice management standards and undertake all related administrative and case management activities.

 

About you

 

We are looking for an experienced solicitor who has extensive court experience and has worked closely with disadvantaged and vulnerable clients, including Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders.

You must have strong advocacy skills and experience dealing with complex legal matters as well as strong negotiation skills. You must also have the demonstrated ability to manage a high-volume caseload and provide culturally safe legal services. You must have strong stakeholder engagement skills. You must be able to work independently and engage with team members from other practice areas.

 

The essential requirements for this role

 

  • Be admitted or be eligible for admission as a legal practiotioner in NSW
  • be able to provide a current NSW Practising Certificate before you start work with us
  • Hold a current NSW drivers’ licence and have the ability to undertake travel to regional courts and locations with the need for overnight travel
  • Demonstrated experience appearing in courts and/or tribunals as an advocate
  • Demonstrated experience working with Aboriginal people
  • Willingness to undertake a Criminal Record Check 
  • Hold Australian or NZ citizenship, or be an Australian Permanent Resident (essential for ongoing vacancies) or hold a valid working visa (for temporary vacancies)
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencement


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.

 

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 respond to these two questions:

1. Outline your skills and experience in working with remote and vulnerable clients, including your experience working with Aboriginal clients.

2. Demonstrate how you can develop and maintain relationships with community and support organisations to deliver legal services effectively to vulnerable clients.

 

Our commitment 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 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.

 

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 – Steven Wright on

(08) 8004 9600 or steven.wright@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

 

  • If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person you can also 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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