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Principal Legal Officer

Aboriginal Family Law Services

Aboriginal Family Law Services (WA) aims to provide free, culturally secure, and legal and support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims and survivors of family violence and/or sexual assault.

Principal Legal Officer

The Principal Legal Officer is responsible for the delivery of legal services for AFLS. AFLS provides legal services in the following areas: Family Law, Children’s’ Court, Magistrates Court, particularly in matters concerning family violence and Criminal Injuries Compensation.

The successful applicant will be:

  • Responsible for the provision of AFLS legal services to the Legal Practice Board WA;
  • Required to remotely supervise restricted practitioners in regional office locations which will require extensive travel;
  • Expected to provide leadership to legal staff and other AFLS staff; and
  • Undertake a key role within the executive of AFLS and report to the Board


  • Admitted or eligible for admittance to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • Minimum of 7 years’ legal practice experience as an unrestricted practising solicitor
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working within family law
  • Demonstrated understanding of principles relating to family violence law
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience supervising junior lawyers
  • Demonstrated experience in practice management of staff
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines
  • Must be able to travel to regional office locations regularly
  • Confidence in establishing networks and experience advocating on behalf of legal organisations
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal people


  • Completion of the Legal Practice Management course
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with remote Aboriginal community issues
  • Commitment to the principles of Aboriginal self-determination and social justice
  • Post graduate education in Aboriginal Family Violence issues
  • Good operational knowledge and experience running remote operations / organisations

Essential Eligibility Requirements

  • Current ‘C’ Class WA Driver’s License
  • Current Police Clearance Certificate
  • Current Working with Children Check

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