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Legal Administrator - Sydney

Environmental Defenders Office Ltd
  • Location: Sydney, open to candidates Australia-wide
  • Experience: Legal administrator
  • Term: On-going
  • Job type: Full time (1.0 FTE)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are particularly encouraged to apply.

The opportunity:

As EDO enters an exciting period of growth, we have a new opportunity for an experienced legal administrator to join the team.

In this newly created role you will be an integral member of the legal team that you are assigned to, and under the direction of the Managing Lawyer – New South Wales and supporting two other Managing Lawyers in the Sydney office, will play a key role in ensuring the effective and efficient management of advice and litigation files.

Your days will be varied - from preparing and managing legal documents, and ensuring legal databases are kept up-to-date, to supporting the legal volunteer program, and assisting with more general administrative support needed in the office where you’re located.

Candidate profile:

We are looking for a skilled legal administrator, with a commitment to attention to detail and accuracy, who can problem solve and work on their own initiative. You will need to be enthusiastic, and flexible, with a high level of computer competency, and familiarity with court processes and legal document management systems.

At a personal level you will be comfortable working with diverse communities, and a team player, working collaboratively in a distributed team environment.

You are:

  • An experienced legal administrator, or have similar administrative experience in a busy office environment
  • Passionate. About environmental justice and about the environment.
  • A people person. You have the confidence to liaise with clients, barristers, and others.
  • Motivated. You’ve got get up and go. You’re going to take ownership of new this role and truly make a difference.


  • The chance to be part of the largest environmental legal practice in the Australia-Pacific.
  • A flexible and family-friendly workplace.
  • Extra leave over the Christmas period.
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities.

About us:

We are a national public interest environmental law organisation, the largest in Australia Pacific. Over our 30-year history we have developed a formidable track record of empowering communities and delivering effective protection of the environment through legal services.

With the 8 Environmental Defenders Offices around Australia merging in late 2019, we are now entering a period of substantial growth necessary to meet the growing demands of the public for public interest legal services to address environmental and public health issues such as climate change.

As the region’s legal experts in our field, we aim to be a brave, unified, and focused team, committed to inclusion and excellence in all that we do. We strive to be a diverse and inclusive workplace supporting a highly skilled, engaged, and effective team, where everyone can feel that they belong.

Our Values:

Commitment – We are committed to; a united organisation, to each other, to collaboration, to justice, to our communities and to creating a world where nature thrives.

Diversity – We are respectful of and welcome diversity of staff, volunteers, offices, environmental regions, communities, stakeholders.

Integrity – We work effectively, efficiently, strategically, professionally, and ethically; “justice is in our nature”.

Visionary – We lead change and environmental empowerment using innovation, creativity, and courage.

For further information, contact Bronwyn Bell via email at recruitment@edo.org.au, using the subject line: Legal Administrator - Sydney enquiry via EthicalJobs.

A position description is attached.

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