Deputy principal legal officer

North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service – Aboriginal Corporation

NAAFLS is a government funded Aboriginal organisation and NACLC accredited community legal service. We provide professional, comprehensive and culturally safe assistance and advice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote Top End communities, and in particular, those who have been exposed to domestic and family violence and sexual assault.

NAAFLS is based in Darwin and Katherine and provides an outreach visiting service to 44 Communities in the Top End, including Wadeye, Borroloola, Lajamanu, Kalkarindji, Maningrida, Nhulunbuy, Galiwinku, Milikapiti, Wurrumiyanga, Pirlangimpi, Angurugu, Alyangula, Numbulwar, Milyakburra, Jabiru, Oenpelli, Nauiyu, Yarralin, Timber Creek, Amanbidji, Ngukurr, Minyerri, Barunga, Beswick, Belyuen, Adelaide River and Pine Creek.

The primary focus of NAAFLS is to provide culturally appropriate assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults and children who are victims of domestic and family violence, including sexual abuse. NAAFLS works in accordance to the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services “Operational Framework”. Services available to clients include:
  • Legal advice and casework assistance in areas relating to domestic and family violence, care and protection of children, victims of crime compensation, family law, wills, superannuation, housing and debt management.
  • Information support and referral services.
  • Community legal education.
  • Prevention of family violence initiatives.
  • Law reform.

NAAFLS is seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated person to join a challenging work environment. You will deal with a wide range of stakeholders across the public and private sectors and draw upon strong communication and people skills to achieve desired objectives.

Closing date: 

4pm, 14 July 2017


Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)


Northern Territory

Job category: 

  • Senior management

Type of vacancy: 

Full time

Salary and conditions: 

NT SACS Award – salary packaging is offered

Job description/overview: 

NAAFLS is seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated person to join a challenging work environment. You will deal with a wide range of stakeholders across the public and private sectors and draw upon strong communication and people skills to achieve desired objectives.

Primary responsibilities

  1. Assist the Principal Legal Officer (‘PLO’) in managing the legal practice sector of NAAFLS, including supervision of other solicitors within the unit and reviewing of legal files.
  2. Assist the PLO in ensuring NAAFLS complies with relevant professional indemnity insurance requirements and in coordinating NAAFLS’ involvement in the National Association of Community Legal Centres National Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme.
  3. Engage as Acting PLO when the PLO is otherwise not available, as may be required from time to time.
  4. Provide quality legal advice, representation and referral to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander clients on legal matter consistent with the Operational Framework.
  5. Consult and support Community initiatives to reduce domestic and family violence in the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities.
  6. In conjunction with the PLO and other staff, develop and provide educational programs regarding family violence and related issues, to be delivered at schools, and to community and special interest groups, including workshops and informal talks.
  7. In conjunction with the PLO and the CEO, undertake law reform: cooperate with other Family Violence Prevention Legal Services, Community Legal Centres and legal and community agencies in research and undertaking other law reform activities including attending legal forums, participating in campaigns and assisting in the provision of written submissions to government and other agencies regarding law reform.
  8. Assist with increasing knowledge and awareness of the role and functions of the FVPLS and appropriate agencies available to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims of family and domestic violence and their families.

Position-specific selection criteria

  1. Eligible for an unrestricted practising certificate in the Northern Territory.
  2. Current driver’s licence (C class unrestricted).
  3. Ability to provide legal advice and assistance on complex legal issues relating to domestic and family violence, family law, crimes compensation, child protection and other areas of law offered by NAAFLS.
  4. Experience in litigation and dispute resolution processes relevant to family law, domestic violence orders, crimes compensation, child protection and other areas of law.
  5. Demonstrated capacity to provide an accessible and culturally sensitive legal service, and to understand the needs of culturally diverse clients, in particular indigenous people living in remote community settings.
  6. Capacity to develop effective working relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly those living in remote communities.
  7. Ability to supervise and assist junior and other solicitors and provide legal training.
  8. Ability to assist with the management of a legal practice office and to engage as acting PLO as required.
  9. Hold a strong understanding of management issues regarding human resource management, project management and budgeting.

General selection criteria

  1. Ability to think strategically, communicate effectively and achieve results.
  2. Ability to develop productive working relationships, work in a multi-disciplinary team and assist in leading others.
  3. Demonstrated personal drive and integrity in achieving designated targets and outcomes.
  4. Experience in using computers.
  5. Ability to travel (up to 3 or 4 days at a time, usually twice per month) to remote communities.
  6. Willingness to obtain a police clearance and working with children check.

Contact person and how to apply: 

Your application must be received no later than 4.00pm on the advertised closing date. Late applications will not be accepted unless you have an agreement with the Contact Officer to submit your application after the closing date. Applications must include a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae and a document addressing both the Position Specific and the Generic Selection Criteria.

The Contact Officer is Natalie Maher, email

Postal address:

PO Box 43104
Casuarina NT 0811

Hand delivery address:

32 Dripstone Road
Casuarina NT 0810

Fax (08) 8927 5942
Phone (08) 8923 8208

More information: 

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