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Aboriginal Identified - Solicitor IV – Family Law (FamAC) – Temporary position and Talent Pool


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Aboriginal Identified - Solicitor IV – Family Law (FamAC) – Temporary position and Talent Pool

 

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Are you looking for innovative, interesting work in a multi-disciplinary team? Are you committed to helping the most vulnerable members of our communities? Are flexible work arrangements and training, development, and mentoring opportunities important to you?

We are looking for lawyers to join our specialist family law services. We have offices in different locations and provide face-to-face and ‘virtual’ services to people across NSW.

We are recruiting for an Identified role of Solicitor Grade IV in our Family Law Service for Aboriginal Communities (FamAC). This team provides outreach, casework, community legal education and duty services at court to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The team also:

  • supports and trains our other family law and care and protection lawyers who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
  • advocates on systemic issues that affect those families
 

 

About us

We are the largest legal aid agency in Australia. We have an office in Central Sydney and 28 offices in metropolitan and regional centres in NSW — including 2 ‘satellite’ offices at Walgett and Bourke. We also have several specialist services and advice clinics.

If you work with us, you’ll work with people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women and children, Indigenous people and people with mental illness who may need help to enforce and defend their rights.

 

About the role

You will:

  • provide legal advice, assistance, and some casework — including in more complex matters
  • attend outreach and duty services at court
  • manage relationships with our important stakeholders
  • senior solicitors will supervise and support junior legal staff in their work
 

 

About you

You’re a lawyer with experience in family law, an ability respond to the needs of victims of domestic and family violence and commitment to delivering excellent service for clients.

You enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary team with social workers and financial counsellors.

You can maintain a busy practice while also supervising and supporting other solicitors.

You’ll also have experience managing stakeholder relationships and an enthusiasm for mentoring and developing others.

 

Essential requirements

You must:

  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • be admitted, or eligible for admission, as a legal practitioner in NSW
  • be able to provide a valid Practising Certificate when you start
  • be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before you start
  • have a current driver’s licence
  • have the ability to travel to regional and remote areas
  • be willing to have a Criminal Record Check or Working with Children Check (or both) done
 

The Family Law Division have a number of roles where it is a statutory obligation for staff to hold a valid Working with Children Check. If you are successfully placed on the Talent Pool, please note you will be required to provide your Working with Children Check details prior to commencement in any role requiring the check.

 

How to apply

  1. You MUST submit your application online through www.iworkfor.nsw.gov.au to be considered. Late applications will not be accepted.
  2. You should read the role descriptions and consider the focus capabilities and key accountabilities when you prepare your resume and cover letter:
   
  1. Please attach:
 
  • your current resume (no more than 5 pages)
  • a cover letter (no more than 2 pages). In your cover letter please respond to these questions:
 
  1. Please describe the experience you have as a supervising lawyer.
  2. This role requires extensive stakeholder engagement. Please outline your experience in engaging with significant stakeholders within a work environment.
 

 

This is an Aboriginal Identified recruitment

This is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Identified recruitment under Part 5, clause 26 of the Government Sector Employment (General) Rules 2014.

Legal Aid NSW considers that being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification under Section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW). Applicants for this role must satisfy the Aboriginality criteria. Aboriginality is defined by descent through parentage, identification as being Aboriginal and being accepted in the community as such. 

The pre-screening questions ask if you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Aboriginality is defined by descent through parentage, identification as being Aboriginal and being accepted in the community as such.

If you are an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and are thinking about applying, you can contact our Aboriginal Services Branch at aboriginalservices@legalaid.nsw.gov.au to arrange a confidential conversation about any questions you may have.
 

We are committed to diversity and inclusion

We want people with diverse backgrounds to apply — including people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the LGBTQI+ community, culturally diverse people, and other diverse communities.

We are committed to providing culturally safe workplaces, practices and services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. We strive to be an organisation where Aboriginal people want to work, where we value Aboriginal voices and culture. 

We acknowledge, support, and accommodate the diverse access needs of people with visible and invisible disabilities.

If you need a reasonable adjustment to participate in the recruitment process, or you’d like information about what we can do to help you, please contact our team at erecruitment@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

 

Other information

We’ll use a few different assessment techniques in the recruitment process to help us assess your capability and suitability for the role.

We may conduct interviews and assessments by video, telephone, Microsoft Teams meetings or other methods.

We’ll use this recruitment to fill any current vacancies we have, and also to create a Talent pool we can draw from to fill any similar temporary or ongoing vacancies that may arise over the next 18 months.

Here is some other information to help you prepare your application:

  • Applying for a Role
  • Working at Legal Aid NSW
  • Contact person for enquiries:
    • FamAC – Bianca Dufty on 02 9407 2941 or bianca.dufty@legalaid.nsw.gov.au
  • Temporary vacancy up to 2025 at 35hpw
  • Location: Lismore
  • Salary Package includes salary ($126,120 - $128,547), employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Jobs Board Ref No. 000092LC
  • Closing Date: Sunday 21 August 2022 [11:59pm]
 

 

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Job ID:

12960

Employment Type:

Full time

Location:

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Title:

Aboriginal Identified - Solicitor IV – Family Law (FamAC) – Temporary position and Talent Pool

Category:

Government, Legal
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Posted:

03.08.2022