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Law & Justice Projects Manager - North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency

  • Darwin
  • Full time
  • Salary: EO2.1 $128,308 to EO4.1 $167,251 per annum, dependent on experience
    As a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) NAAJA is currently able to offer salary sacrificing benefits in line with current legislation (Conditions Apply)


Position Overview

The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency Ltd (NAAJA) provides legal assistance and justice services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Northern Territory. We have offices in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. We are recognised as a leading legal service and have received national and local human rights and crime prevention awards for our work.

The Law & Justice Projects section operates alongside NAAJA’s Criminal and Civil Law sections. It delivers a range of innovative and culturally strengthening projects, including our nationally recognised Community Legal Education.

This position requires high-level policy and strategic thinking, skills in leading and managing a diverse team, excellent communication skills and a commitment to achieving justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The work requires high levels of motivation, energy and a commitment to professional excellence.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.


1. Ensure timely and effective management of the Law & Justice Projects section, including annual section planning and regular section meetings consistent with NAAJA’s Strategic Plan, and contribution to NAAJA’s reporting processes, including annual reports and board reports;
2. Manage and supervise Law and Justice Projects section staff, including conducting bi-annual performance reviews and line management of project coordinators who have day-today responsibility for projects within the section;
3. Facilitate Law & Justice Projects section staff to develop, implement and review yearly project plans, ensuring consistency with NAAJA’s strategic plan;
4. Administer the Law & Justice Projects section budget, ensuring income and expenditure for projects are planned and managed in a strategic and sustainable manner, as well as liaison with funding bodies, and supervision of acquittal reports;
5. Contribute as part of NAAJA’s senior management team to setting NAAJA’s strategic direction, internal management and evaluation processes;
6. Identify priority areas of policy and law reform relevant to Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, write and coordinate appropriate policy responses such as submissions, briefing papers and reports;
7. Contribute to NAAJA’s media and communications activities, including preparing media releases and undertaking media interviews as required, writing articles, preparing conference presentations, and uploading content to NAAJA’s website and social media platforms;
8. Lead NAAJA’s proactive advocacy at relevant NT and Commonwealth meetings, committees and forums and represent NAAJA as required;
9. Attend meetings with Commonwealth and NT Government Ministers and senior officers, including coordinating external meetings and briefing documents. Maintain liaison with senior staff of relevant Commonwealth, NT Government and Opposition members and government departments;
10. Work collaboratively with stakeholders to support advocacy and policy development around significant issues and, where appropriate, combine advocacy and policy development efforts. In particular, maintain close linkages with relevant Aboriginal organisations at a local and national level; and
11. Creatively and innovatively pursue additional resources to enable NAAJA to achieve its objectives through funding applications, use of pro bono organisations and volunteers.
12. Other duties as directed.


Selection Criteria


1. Advanced tertiary qualifications in law or equivalent and significant experience;
2. Leadership and management experience, including a capacity to develop and strengthen the skills of a diverse team of legal and non legal staff, and creating a team environment where staff are proud of their contribution and embrace NAAJA’s strategic goals;
3. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills including effective cross- cultural communication skills and experience working with cultural and language interpreters;
4. Demonstrated commitment to Aboriginal justice issues and high-level understanding of the civil and criminal justice systems in the Northern Territory;
5. Strong knowledge of the political environment, particularly in the context of current issues facing Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory;
6. Demonstrated strategic leadership with the ability to formulate and drive strategic vision;
7. Current Drivers Licence;
8. Ability to obtain a satisfactory “Working with Children Clearance” (Ochre Card) upon commencement; and
9. Satisfactory criminal history check and no history of disqualification from employment by a legal practice.


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Applications close on the 9 April 2024


Applicants for this position must address the selection criteria in their written application, which should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Last modified: 07/02/2024 10:34 AM

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Office: 3/6 Lindsay St. Darwin NT 0800
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