Senior solicitor

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: 

  • Business support

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. Provide quality legal advice, representation and referral to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander clients on legal matter consistent with the operational framework.
  2. Consult and support Community initiatives to reduce the incidence of family violence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community.
  3. In conjunction with other staff develop and provide educational programs regarding family violence and related issues, to deliver at schools, community and special interest groups, including workshops, informal talks, publications and pamphlets.
  4. Assisting in management of legal practice management including supervision of any other Solicitor working within the unit, without an unrestricted practicing certificate.
  5. In conjunction with the Principal Solicitor 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 lobbying. Initiate research and test cases based on NAAFLS work, research and write submissions and research papers on issues, participate in campaigns on issues (includes media work).
  6. Deal with complaints and grievances in relation to the legal practice of NAAFLS in accordance with policy, in conjunction with the Principal Legal Officer and the CEO.

Position-specific selection criteria

  1. Eligible for a restricted practising certificate in the Northern Territory.
  2. Current driver’s licence.
  3. Ability to provide legal advice and assistance on complex legal issues relating to family violence, Family Law, crimes compensation and child protection areas.
  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. Demonstrate capacity to provide an accessible and culturally sensitive legal service, including an understanding of legal and social issues particularly in relation to victims of family violence in a remote community setting.
  6. Ability to supervise and assist junior solicitors and provide legal training.

Generic selection criteria

  1. Ability to think strategically, communicate effectively and achieve results.
  2. Ability to develop productive working relationships and work in a multi-disciplinary team.
  3. Demonstrated personal drive and integrity.
  4. Experience in using computers.
  5. Willingness and capability to undertake own administrative tasks.

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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