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An exciting opportunity has arisen at NATSILS to become the next Legal Secretariat Officer. 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 Chairperson, and to member ATSILS across Australia.

The Legal Secretariat Officer:

  • Exercises 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.
  • Provides 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.
  • Coordinates communications, feedback and discussions of state and national issues between ATSILS members and the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department.
  • Identifies challenges to access to justice and suggests solutions.
  • Drafts submissions in response to commissions of inquiry, reviews and new policy initiatives issued by government.
  • Drafts content for external communications with media and other key stakeholders.
  • Co-ordinates 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:
    • Relationships Management.
    • Performance Improvement Projects.
    • Research and Data.
    • Policy and Advocacy.
    • Monitoring and Evaluation.

The key selection criteria is available here. 

For further information about this position please contact Karly Warner at kwarner@vals.org.au or 0423 610 587.

All applications should include a current curriculum vitae and a letter addressing the key selection criteria, contained within the position description. Applications should be sent to natsilscareers@vals.org.au.  

Applications close 4 February 2018.