- Job posted on: 15th May 2019
- Applications close:
AFSA is seeking a paralegal to join its Legal Defence Fund (LDF). The paralegal will primarily support the work of the LDF Steering Committee which supports and advocates for small-scale farmers, artisanal producers, and the broader community through legal policy, reform and advocacy work. The LDF works closely with the AFSA Executive Committee and with AFSA members, through grassroots activities, communities of practice networks, and interest groups.
This role provides an opportunity to contribute to the food sovereignty movement and the broader community. The role involves high profile and challenging work, engagement with key stakeholders in the justice system, government and community, and the opportunity to advocate food sovereignty for all.
The paralegal will contribute to key law reform, strategic advocacy and projects in partnership with the LDF Steering Committee and other key stakeholders. The paralegal will do this by:
The paralegal will assist the LDF Steering Committee to provide practical support to AFSA members. The paralegal will do this by:
You will have a history of displaying the following competencies:
Qualifications: You will be a law graduate with an Australian practising certificate.
The AUSTRALIAN FOOD SOVEREIGNTY ALLIANCE is a farmer-led organisation made up of organisations and individuals working together towards a food system in which people can create, manage, and choose their food system.
FOOD SOVEREIGNTY asserts the right of peoples to nourishing and culturally appropriate food produced and distributed in ecologically sound and ethical ways, and their right to collectively determine their own food and agriculture systems.
AFSA is a member of La Via Campesina (LVC), the leading voice of the global food sovereignty movement. LVC brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate-driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature.
AFSA is also a member of both the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) and Urgenci: the International Network of Community Supported Agriculture. Our work with IPC takes us to many meetings around Asia Pacific and in Rome with the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN.
In 2016 AFSA formally constituted the Legal Defence Fund in response to the number of small-scale producers across Australia seeking assistance in dealing with inappropriate-to-scale regulations and planning schemes.
The Legal Defence Fund aims to:
Currently AFSA has approximatly 660 individual, organisational, business and farm members. These members include national networks such as the Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network, peak and government bodies such as Melbourne Farmers' Markets and the Victorian Local Governance Association, the City of Melbourne, and leading animal welfare and environmental organisations such as Humane Choice, MADGE and Gene Ethics.
AFSA works extensively with primary food producers and consumers across every state and territory in Australia. The committee has consisted of farmers from NSW, VIC, ACT, SA, QLD and WA, published academics and lecturers from RMIT, Deakin University, University of Tasmania, University of Sydney, and the Queensland University of Technology, and local food advocates and campaigners including Food Connect, Friends of the Earth, Regrarians, Fair Food Brisbane and the Permaculture Network. AFSA's vision is to enable regenerative farming businesses to thrive to support a food sovereign future.