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Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
  • Work TypesFull Time
  • CategoriesFamily Services, Legal and Human Rights, Indigenous
  • SectorsNot For Profit (NFP)
  • LocationsMelbourne
  • Creation date
    Job posted on: 29 Oct 2019
  • Application deadline
    Applications close: 25 Nov 2019 (expired)
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Principal Legal Officer - Family Law

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
  • Work TypesFull Time
  • CategoriesFamily Services, Legal and Human Rights, Indigenous
  • SectorsNot For Profit (NFP)
  • LocationsMelbourne
  • Creation date
    Job posted on: 29 Oct 2019
  • Application deadline
    Applications close: 25 Nov 2019 (expired)

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) was established as a community-controlled organisation in 1973 to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system. The organisation has a long and proud history of providing legal and service support for Aboriginal Victorians who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing negative contact with the justice system and advocating locally, nationally and internationally for the rights of Aboriginal people.

We strive to:

  • Promote social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • Promote the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to empowerment, identity and culture;
  • Ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy their rights, are aware of their responsibilities under the law and have access to appropriate advice, assistance and representation;
  • Reduce the disproportionate involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system; and
  • Promote the review of legislation and other practices which discriminate against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The organisation has grown over the years (with further expansion options being pursued) and now offers criminal, family and civil law services, client services support, community legal education and a range of community justice support programs in both Victoria and Tasmania.

The Tasmanian operation was established in 2015, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community Legal Service (TACLS), a semi-autonomous operation for Tasmania.

Overview of role

The Principal Legal Officer for the Family Law team is a member of the Legal and Client Services Management Team and works to achieve VALS’ goals and objectives. At VALS, our family law work covers matters in the Commonwealth family law jurisdiction, child protection matters in the Victorian Children’s Court Family Division (and early intervention where possible) and family violence intervention orders.

The position is responsible to coordinate, supervise and provide high quality legal services, including duty lawyer services, representation, advice and information to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria. Additionally, to manage the day to day functioning of the family law practice unit, and to participate in strategic and operational activities intended to achieve the goals of VALS.

A full Position Description is attached below.

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