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Legal Officer

Employer: Collieries' Staff & Officials Association
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Legal & Human Rights, Unions & Workers Rights
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 01 March, 2018.
Applications close: 19 March, 2018. (Expired)

Legal Officer – Collieries’ Staff and Officials Association

The Collieries’ Staff and Officials Association (CSOA) is seeking an admitted solicitor to join our team as a Legal Officer to advance the interests of supervisory, professional, administrative and technical employees in the black coal mining industry. This role offers the successful candidate a broad diversity of work, an attractive salary, and a packaged motor vehicle.

About Us

The CSOA is a division of Professionals Australia (APESMA) which is an employee association of 25,000 Australian professionals.

The CSOA represents supervisory, professional, administrative, clerical and technical employees in the black coal mining industry.

Our members are located across Australia in the coalfields of the Illawarra, Western District, the Hunter and Newcastle in New South Wales, the Bowen Basin, Surat Basin and Ipswich in Queensland and in Tasmania and Western Australia.

The Position

In this role, you will be the sole solicitor reporting directly to the Director of the CSOA. The role is varied in its nature and includes:

  • Attending disciplinary meetings with members both on and off site;
  • Attending and appearing in matters before the Fair Work Commission, the Federal Circuit Court, and the Federal Court;
  • Providing advice to the Director, Officials, and Members of the CSOA on various industrial, employment, safety, and internal matters;
  • Assisting Officials with enterprise bargaining;
  • Attending meetings with, and advocating on behalf of members in statutory safety investigations; and
  • Preparing for, and attending industry and parliamentary consultations and inquiries.


The position will be based in central Sydney, however regular travel to the New South Wales and Queensland Coal fields will be required.

Essential Requirements

The successful applicant will have the following:

  • At least 2-3 years' post-qualification experience as a Solicitor, ideally in Industrial, Employment and/or Safety;
  • A demonstrated commitment to trade union principles;
  • A strong attention to detail;
  • The ability to relate to both members and staff, and to work both individually and as a team;
  • A current driver’s licence;
  • A willingness to travel throughout the coalfields in NSW and QLD;
  • A strong, plain language communication style.


The role provides the following remuneration package:

  • An attractive salary commensurate with experience;
  • A motor vehicle;
  • 12 RDO’s per year; and
  • Christmas shut-down. 
How to apply for this job

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