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Practice Manager

Job No: 94390
Location: Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns or Melbourne

  • Federal Court Manager Level 1 (EL 1)
  • $95,493 to $103,131 per annum plus superannuation
  • Ongoing, Full-time
  • Based in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns or Melbourne

Overview of Agency

From 1 July 2016, the Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Act 2016 merged the corporate services of the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia with the Federal Court of Australia into a single administrative entity – the Federal Court of Australia. The entity also includes the National Native Title Tribunal.

The Act makes provision for the courts to share corporate services including Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance as well as other functions.

Under the arrangement, each court remains independent to fulfil its statutory obligations. Heads of Jurisdiction continue to be responsible for managing the administrative affairs of their respective courts (excluding corporate services), with assistance from a Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar.

All staff of the courts are employed by the Federal Court of Australia under the Public Service Act 1999 regardless of which court or tribunal they work for or provide services to.

Organisational Context

The National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) is an authority established by the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (the Act) which has offices in four Australian States.

The Tribunal comprises a President and members, who are appointed by the Governor General under the Act to make decisions, conduct inquiries, reviews and mediations, and assist various parties with native title applications, and Indigenous Land Use Agreements.

The Tribunal is supported by the Native Title Registrar (Registrar), who together with the President and members, have separate and specific functions and responsibilities to perform under the Act. Staff assisting the Tribunal and the Registrar are employed by the Federal Court of Australia.

Position Overview

The Practice Manager is responsible for providing guidance, leadership, mentoring and direct support to staff within the Practice Team, promoting teamwork and staff development. The position holder will develop, maintain and share expert knowledge and achieve results in a timely manner.

The Practice Manager is responsible for supporting the Practice Directors in providing assistance to the President and members of the Tribunal and the Registrar in the discharge of their functions and powers under the Act.

Practice Managers will possess specialist knowledge of Tribunal and Registrar statutory functions and, along with peer Practice Managers, will be responsible for managing the professional development of the Practice Team in consultation with the Practice Directors.

Practice Managers will also be responsible for the administrative management of members of the Practice Team, supporting the Practice Directors.

The role also requires frequent contact with internal and external stakeholders, providing leadership to the Practice Team, working independently and taking initiative to act independently within the scope of delegations. 

The Practice Manager role would suit someone who is experienced in working within statutory and procedural frameworks, possesses strong communication skills and is able to provide senior leadership within the organisation. Legal experience would be an advantage.

Major Activities

  • Provide high level support to the Practice Directors in ensuring compliance with NNTT processes and procedures.
  • Support Practice Directors to foster a national approach to service delivery.
  • Manage the performance of staff reporting to the position.
  • Exercise delegations within scope of delegated authority.
  • Maintain, promote and engage in stakeholder and client engagement in accordance with the organisation’s stakeholder engagement plan, exhibiting clear communication and a positive image of the NNTT.
  • Apply, and supervise staff in the application of, approved records and information management practices in compliance with the NNTT Records & Information Management Policy and Procedures.
  • Support and actively promote improvement and innovation of processes and services.
  • Mentor and train Practice Team members in professional development and complex project coordination to deliver results.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the NNTT’s corporate governance framework and actively participate in operational planning.
  • Perform as an effective team leader, promoting team cohesion, positively managing change and uncertainty in the workplace.
  • Approve, manage and improve the workflows within the Practice Team.
  • Ensure content quality assurance in workflows undertaken by staff, decision making and writing in support of the President, members and Registrar.
  • Identify and take ownership of complex issues, proposing resolutions and supporting the direction of the NNTT in accordance with the organisation’s strategic direction.
  • Develop and maintain expert knowledge of all statutory functions of the Tribunal and Registrar.
  • Perform other duties as reasonably required and directed.

Competencies & Attributes

  • Possess and demonstrate an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Possess and demonstrate an ability to communicate sensitively with and demonstrate cultural understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Possess demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to lead with resolve and inspire and energise individuals and teams.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop complex strategies, identify problems and options for their resolution, remaining open to change.
  • Possess well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to represent the NNTT in a variety of forums displaying discretion, integrity and sensitivity.
  • Maintain a high level of integrity of data held within the systems of the NNTT by ensuring data entry is correct and an accurate reflection of the status of matters.
  • Display clear and positive communication with internal and external parties, able to present information in a clear, concise and articulate manner, able to focus on key points and use appropriate, unambiguous language.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to maintain a currency of knowledge in native title and related areas.
  • Demonstrate extensive understanding of and compliance with relevant government legislation and policy frameworks, including the requirements for sound administrative decision-making
  • Possess a minimum of five years’ experience in the native title regime with knowledge of the Act, relevant statutory functions of the Tribunal and the Registrar and a demonstrated ability to comprehend and apply the provisions of the Act.

Formal Qualifications

Tertiary studies in law, or relevant discipline, demonstrating communication, analytical and critical thinking skills would be desirable. Legal qualifications would be an advantage.

Selection Criteria

  1. Possessing and demonstrating an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
  2. Possessing and demonstrating an ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
  3. Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of native title, the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), Tribunal and Native Title Registrar’s functions.
  4. Demonstrated ability to apply legislative, procedural and administrative frameworks to high-level decision-making and problem solving.
  5. High-level communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to lead and motivate team members and to deliver information in a succinct and concise manner.
  6. Proven ability to respond effectively to a changing environment and to identify and act upon opportunities for improvements.
  7. Demonstrated ability to promote a team ‘service culture’ that is client-centred and effectively meets the needs of clients (internal / external)
  8. Demonstrating and modelling APS values and appropriate, professional conduct.

Please Note: This vacancy is advertised as an ‘identified position’ as both the role and the work of the National Native Title Tribunal have a strong involvement in issues relating to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.   Successful applicants are required to have knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people (criteria 1 & 2 above). For further information about Identified Positions see

Successful applicants will be expected to provide a reference from an Indigenous referee, where possible, to confirm they can meet these requirements. 


Employment with the Court is subject to the conditions prescribed in the Public Service Act 1999, and the following:

  1. Australian citizenship – the successful applicant must hold Australian citizenship;
  2. Security and character clearance – the successful applicant must satisfy a Police Records Check, and may also be required to complete security clearances during the course of their employment;
  3. Health clearance – the successful applicant may be required to complete a health declaration or attend a medical assessment to confirm their fitness for duty.

Interested candidates who have received a redundancy benefit from an APS agency are welcome to apply, but note that they cannot be engaged until their redundancy benefit period has expired.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander job seekers and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

To be considered you will need complete a statement of claims against the selection criteria below (2000 word limit maximum) and attach an up to date resume by 11:55PM on 29 November 2017.

For more information contact Sue Meaghan, Practice Director, by or phone 1800 640 501 or 08 9425 1000.

Indigenous contact office details: Rachelle Singleton: or 1800 640501

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