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Custody Notification Lawyer (Aboriginal Identified)

Job No: 120203
Location: Perth

  • A rewarding opportunity to utilise your legal skills to make a real difference in the lives of people in custody who are in need of legal assistance.
  • Enjoy an attractive remuneration circa $57,000 - $94,000 (dependent on restrictions) plus super and $15,900 of salary sacrifice options.
  • Live and work in Perth, and experience the unique lifestyle opportunities on offer from the beaches to the vibrant local communities.

About the Organisation

Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA) is currently the largest community based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal organisation in Australia. It provides legal aid services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Western Australia in accordance with grant conditions imposed by the Commonwealth Department of the Attorney General.

ALSWA provides a 24 hour, seven day a week, custody notification service (CNS) for all Aboriginal people detained in a police facility in Western Australia.

The CNS provides a culturally competent and thorough welfare service complemented by access to necessary legal advice. 

For more information, please visit the website here.

About the Opportunity

Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA) has a full-time opportunity for a Custody Notification Lawyer to join their team based in Perth, WA.

Reporting to the Managing Lawyer, you will be responsible for providing legal advice and welfare-based services for Aboriginal people detained in custody throughout Western Australia.

Your key responsibilities will include, but not be limited to: 

  • Ensuring that the immediate health, safety, and wellbeing needs of the detained person are identified;
  • Working with police, family and other services to ensure welfare concerns are addressed;
  • Ensuring all telephone calls on the CNS phone line are answered on a first call basis;
  • Liaising with police, family and other agencies as required to explore bail options; and
  • Ensuring all aspects of file management and data entry are undertaken in accordance with professional standards.

This is a truly unique opportunity to provide emergency legal advice and support directly to those in custody.

Please note: This role does not require you to appear or represent in a court capacity. 

This role also requires you to work flexible hours to cover a 24 hour, seven day, a week roster. You will have the ability to work from home when covering these shifts outside of the normal (8am-5pm) working hours.

ALSWA considers that being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under Section 50D of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984.
Expressions of interest for other potential positions are, however, welcomed from non-Aboriginal candidates.

About You

To be successful in this role, you will be a qualified lawyer with experience in criminal law. Ideally, you will have several years experience in the industry, however, the organisation is open to passionate graduates who want to apply.

Candidates with a caring and empathetic approach will best suit this position, enabling you to work compassionately with a broad range of people, the majority of whom are seeking time-critical legal advice and welfare support.

Your excellent interpersonal and communication skills will support ALSWAs' vision to work with Aboriginal clients and employees with an appropriate level of cultural understanding, empathy and sensitivity. 

This is your chance to practice law that matters. You will need to enjoy solving legal problems and tackling a variety of practical issues in an autonomous manner and with a team consisting of legal and non-legal staff.

About the Benefits

This is a highly rewarding, focused role, working with a multi-disciplinary team and an organisation that works to make a difference in the lives of those in custody. You will be joining a team of resilient, passionate and dedicated individuals working together to support Aboriginal people.

In exchange for your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with an attractive remuneration circa $57,000 - $62,000 for those on a restricted practice certificate and $65,000 - $94,000 for those on an unrestricted practice certificate plus super.

Employees can expect to earn up to 30% on top of their base earnings with outside standard working hours rates.

Other benefits include:

  • 5 weeks annual leave;
  • Up to $15,900 in salary sacrificing;
  • Penalty rates for overtime, weeknights and weekends;
  • Sunday double time penalty rates; and
  • Negotiable flexibility around working from home.

Utilise your legal skills to help make a genuine difference to the those in custody - Apply Now!


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