- Permanent/temporary roles in regional NSW
- $55,906 - $72,078 depending on experience
- PBI provides salary sacrificing benefits
- 4 weeks annual leave + leave loading
- Study and Special leave
- Career paths to Advocates and Management role
The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT Limited (ALS) is a public company limited by guarantee and registered charity. It is primarily funded by the Australian Government Attorney-General's department and managed by an Aboriginal Board and governed by the ALS Company. The Company consists of thirty Aboriginal people from NSW and ACT and Company members are elected for three-year terms and represent their community.
The ALS is one of the largest Aboriginal legal practices delivering legal services to Aboriginal people in Australia. With over 200 staff, we provide information and referral, legal advice and court representation in criminal law, family law and care and protection law to Aboriginal men, women and children in 24 offices across urban, regional and remote NSW and ACT.
- Perform criminal appearance work as directed covering matters within Local Courts, Children's Courts, District Court and/or Court Circuit travel.
- Criminal Appearance work will involve the undertaking specific activities including List Work, Sentence Matters, Bail Applications and Defended Hearings;
- Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of relevant criminal law legislation, case law and court procedures;
- Research, prepare and provide representation for Aboriginal clients in criminal matters and prepare briefs for counsel and attend to instructing counsel;
- Ensure the lawful achievement of ALS core business objectives to the highest standards of probity and efficiency, and with due reference to the interests of all stakeholders;
- Provide considered, independent, balanced and professional criminal law advice.
- Current vacancies exist in Bathurst, Griffith and Dubbo. An e-list will be created to fill vacancies that arise across regional NSW. The ALS operates regional offices in Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst, Moree, Armidale, Tamworth, Walgett, Bourke, Broken Hill and Griffith.
Your Skills and Expertise
- Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices in dealing with clients, their families, communities and staff.
- Legal qualifications and a NSW Practising Certificate (or be able to obtain one immediately);
- Up-to-date knowledge of the Criminal Law, including practice and procedure;
- Proven capacity to identify and understand legal issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islanders peoples;
- Capacity and motivation to provide quality legal representation to Aboriginal people in rural and remote communities;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and time management skills;
- Computer literacy and capacity to generate legal correspondence; and
- Willingness to drive or fly lengthy distances within the Region and stay overnight or longer to undertake court work or training.
- Ability to meet deadlines, work without supervision and manage a diverse workload, together with high level conceptual, analytical and research skills.