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An exciting opportunity has arisen at NATSILS to become the next Legal Secretariat Officer part time for a fixed term. The role is 0.8 FTE for a six month term (negotiable).

NATSILS is the national peak representative body for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) around Australia. NATSILS provides a united voice at the national level for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and also supports the ATSILS to provide high quality and culturally competent legal services.

 The role provides high quality secretariat support services to the Executive Officer, NATSILS Co-Chairs, and to member ATSILS across Australia.

You will:

  • Exercise discerning skills to research and develop solutions to complex legal services issues informed by an Australia-wide approach to building strong communication across the ATSILS and the broader legal services sector.
  • Provide direct strategic advice and analysis services to internal and external stakeholders regarding justice system reform.
  • Works closely with the Executive Officer and Chairpersons of NATSILS to ensure NATSILS strategic priorities are designed, achieved and evaluated.
  • Coordinate communications, feedback and discussions of state and national issues between ATSILS members and the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department.
  • Identify challenges to access to justice and suggests solutions.
  • Draft submissions in response to commissions of inquiry, reviews and new policy initiatives issued by government.
  • Draft content for external communications with media and other key stakeholders.
  • Co-ordinate NATSILS forums, including liaising with members, co-chairs and external third parties attending forums, drafting forum reports and actioning resolutions.
  • Potential for the role to expand into the following areas:
    • Performance Improvement Projects.
    • Research and Data.
    • Policy and Advocacy.
    • Monitoring and Evaluation. 

To apply, please provide:

  • Cover letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • Statement addressing the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted.
  • CV, including education and training, professional experience and two referees

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Legal Secretariat Officer.  Please apply by 5pm, Thursday 28th February 2019. 

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here: Legal Secretariat – Position Description Feb 2019 v2 20190205


If you are interested in interning or volunteering with NATSILS, please email rmoore@vals.org.au.