Family Lawyers

Job No: 160750
Location: Townsville or Cairns

  • Highly rewarding opportunity for a Family Lawyer to make a real difference in the lives of women and their children
  • Attractive remuneration + salary sacrificing options
  • 17.5% leave loading + other benefits

North Queensland Women’s Legal Service is a community-based legal service developed and operated by women for women. Since our inception in 1996, we have sought to enhance women’s access to justice and promote change within the justice system informed by women’s experiences.

Our clients are women. They are usually mums (and primary carers) and have limited access to financial resources. All too often, they are victims of domestic violence. We see an increased demand for our help each year, especially from women in rural and regional areas.

As the demand for our help increases, so does our team of Lawyers wanting to use their expertise to make a real difference in the lives of women and their children. In recognition of this, the NQWLS has also recently received increased funding to meet this demand in new and innovative ways.

As such, we now have an exciting opportunity for full-time Family Lawyers to join our team in Townsville or Cairns. There will be times when you will need to travel to conduct work within the community, such as outreach advice clinics, community legal education and other activities.

Benefits on offer

This role comes with attractive remuneration and salary sacrificing options to increase take-home pay. You will also have access to fantastic benefits, including:

  • 17.5% leave loading
  • Practising certificate costs
  • Three extra days exgratia  between Christmas and New Year
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program
  • Time off in lieu

This is a highly rewarding opportunity for you to utilise your expertise and advocate for women and children impacted by family and domestic violence. Through your day-to-day work, you will make a real difference in our community and contribute to law reform and policy work. 

The difference that you will make

As our newest Family Law Solicitor, you will provide high-quality, trauma-informed legal services, primarily in family law and domestic violence and other areas that are within our guidelines.

Your core duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Legal advice and ongoing casework services
  • Provision of duty lawyer services
  • Community legal education
  • Contribution to our law reform, policy work and publication preparation
  • Networking, liaison, and community development

You will also ensure compliance with the professional indemnity claims prevention procedures, insurance, and other requirements relating to operational and other needs of the organisation.

Please note: you will be required to hold an open driver’s license and complete a criminal history check before beginning the role.

What you will bring to the team

You will possess qualifications as a legal practitioner and hold (or be eligible to obtain) an unrestricted practising certificate as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. Importantly, you will, through your work, promote the social justice and human rights issues affecting women in Australia today.

You will be an empathetic individual passionate about providing access to justice to women experiencing family and domestic violence.

In your day-to-day work, you will be a team player who works cooperatively with others.  You will also need to liaise with a range of stakeholders, including the community, government and other organisations. As such, you will have strong communication skills and be able to work effectively to promote the organisation’s purpose and values.

Moreover, you will be able to provide quality, trauma-informed legal advice and casework, particularly in family law and domestic violence.

Candidates may be contacted for an interview as applications are received, with the NQWLS reserving its right to close applications at any time should a successful candidate be appointed.


Are you a Family Lawyer looking to make a real difference in the lives of women impacted by family and domestic violence? Apply Now.


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