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:

  1. 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.
  2. Information support and referral services.
  3. Community legal education.
  4. Prevention of family violence initiatives.
  5. 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 multi-disciplinary, multi-functional team in a challenging work environment. You will work with a wide range of stakeholders across the public and private sectors and draw upon strong communication and people skills to achieve desired objectives. As part of your primary responsibilities you will be required to:

  1. Provide quality legal advice, representation and referrals to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander clients on legal matters consistent with the Operational Framework.
  2. Manage the legal practice sector of NAAFLS including supervision of other solicitors and paralegals working within the unit.
  3. Ensure that NAAFLS meets its professional indemnity insurance obligations and requirements.
  4. Establish and participate in a schedule of regular and ad-hoc visits to remote communities, as approved/directed by the Board/CEO.
  5. Consult and support Community initiatives to reduce the incidence of family violence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities.
  6. In conjunction with the CEO and other staff develop and provide educational programs regarding family violence and related issues, to be delivered at schools, community and special interest groups, including workshops, informal talks, publications and pamphlets.
  7. Increase knowledge and awareness of the role and functions of the FVPLS and appropriate agencies available to assist Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander victims and their families.
  8. In conjunction with the CEO, undertake law reform activities and engage with other Family Violence Prevention Legal Services, Community Legal Centres and Legal and Community Agencies in research, lobbying and providing Submissions to Government and Legal Forums relevant to NAAFLS’ work, particularly in respect to domestic and family violence preventative initiatives.
  9. Address complaints and grievances in relation to the legal practice of NAAFLS in accordance with policy, in conjunction with the CEO.
  10. Provide advice to the Board in relation to the legal practice of NAAFLS and ensure that Board decisions in relation to the legal practice are implemented.
  11. Manage the reporting and collection of legal practice data for NAAFLS.

Positio-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 practice areas offered by NAAFLS.
  5. Demonstrated capacity to manage a legal practice including:
  • in the provision of an accessible and culturally sensitive legal service that aims to meet the needs of culturally diverse clients, in particular indigenous people living in remote community settings;
  • holding a strong understanding of management issues regarding human resource management, project management and budgeting; and
  • supervising, assisting and training solicitors and paralegals in the carrying out of their functions within the legal practice.

6. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills used to negotiate with stakeholders to achieve strategic outcomes and meet business objectives.

7. Capacity to develop effective working relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly those living in remote communities.

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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