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Legal Advisor

Employer: Northern Land Council
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Indigenous, Legal & Human Rights
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Darwin

Job posted on: 20 July, 2018.
Applications close: 06 August, 2018. (Expired)

  • Location: Darwin, NT
  • Position number: L05
  • Base salary range: L1E – L2B ($70,685 - $117,978) + entitlements
  • Contract term: 1 year

The Northern Land Council (NLC) is an independent statutory authority of the Commonwealth responsible for assisting Aboriginal peoples in the Top End of the NT to acquire and manage their traditional lands and seas.

The NLC is a large and dynamic Aboriginal organisation with a substantial legal practice looking after a broad range of legal functions that NLC undertakes on a daily basis - particularly issues involving commercial land use, mining and leasing agreements.

The NLC’s legal team provides legal advice in relation to the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth) (ALRA), the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (Native Title Act) and other legislation and laws affecting relevant Aboriginal peoples and groups in the NLC’s jurisdiction.

We are seeking a full time experienced solicitor to add to our vibrant team which currently consists of the Principal Legal Officer, two Legal Practice Managers (one for each of ALRA and Native Title), twelve solicitors, a paralegal and three administrative assistants.  

The key focus of this role is to represent, assist and advise traditional Aboriginal owners in matters arising from the acquisition, use, occupation and management of their land under the ALRA and the Native Title Act.

Working with a team of lawyers, you will use your strong communication and commercial skills to engage in effective consultations and represent traditional owners, native title holders and the NLC at meetings and in negotiations with government, third parties and other stakeholders.

Applicants must be motivated, have strong interpersonal skills and be able to learn and adapt quickly to working in a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural organisation. A licence to drive a motor vehicle is essential, as is a willingness to undertake extended travel in regional and remote areas.

Essential Criteria

  1. Qualified legal practitioner admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of a State or Territory of Australia.
  2. A minimum of 3 years’ post admission experience in legal practice (and an outstanding candidate of lesser post admission experience may be considered).
  3. Highly developed oral, interpersonal, written and legal research skills.
  4. Experience in commercial and corporate matters, including negotiating contracts and commercial documents.
  5. Possession of a “C” Class licence and ability to operate 4WD vehicles.


  1. Knowledge of the ALRA, NTA and other relevant legislation affecting the interests of the NLC and its constituents.
  2. Experience in briefing counsel and litigation and in providing written legal advice.
  3. Experience in energy and resources.
  4. Knowledge of Aboriginal culture and society and the issues affecting Aboriginal people in the NT and an ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal people.
  5. Experience in working in a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural organisation.

Our Land, Our Sea, Our Life.

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