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Solicitor - Domestic Violence Legal Service (DVLS) - Legal Aid NT

  • Darwin 
  • Fixed Full time 12 month contract 
  • Salary $88,204 - $105,445 plus Superannuation


Primary objective

Under the supervision of the Managing Solicitor, provide information, education, advocacy, referral, legal support, legal advice, andlegal representation services to victims of domestic violence in the Darwin and Greater Darwin area.


Key duties and responsibilities

  1. In conjunction with the Managing Solicitor, plan and deliver high quality legal representation, advice, information, advocacy,education, and assistance to identified target groups and members of the community.
  2. Provide timely and effective representation of clients in domestic violence and associated matters by conducting negotiations,preparing high quality documentation, and appearing as a solicitor and counsel in the Darwin Local Court and other courts asnecessary.
  3. Identify legal and non-legal issues to ensure appropriate referrals to other legal services and non-legal services.
  4. Ensure the delivery of DVLS services is conducted in a culturally appropriate and responsive manner and informed by a soundunderstanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and effects of trauma.
  5. Liaise and network with relevant organisations to ensure high levels of collaboration with relevant agencies and minimiseduplication.
  6. Ensure compliance with the Legal Profession Act, the DVLS guidelines, and all legislation, subordinate legislation, andprofessional standards applicable to the conduct of the legal practice.
  7. Identify and advise the Managing Solicitor of wider policy issues arising from DVLS services and develop strategies to advocateto relevant agencies in relation to those issues.
  8. Assist with the development and delivery of community legal education to other legal services and domestic violence serviceproviders.
  9. Other reasonable duties as directed by the Managing Solicitor, including contributing to continuous improvement of servicedelivery and participating in law reform and policy initiatives as required.


Selection criteria


  1. Admission or eligibility for admission as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory of Australia.
  2. Demonstrated experience in providing legal advice, information, and appropriate referrals to other legal and non-legal servicesto clients from diverse backgrounds.
  3. Ability to represent and appear for clients in Court on a duty basis and at hearing in domestic violence proceedings.
  4. Ability to negotiate with police representatives, defendants, prosecutors, and others on behalf of clients.
  5. Demonstrated knowledge of dynamics of domestic and family violence and the ability to respond effectively to clients affectedby domestic violence, trauma and in crisis situations.
  6. High level verbal and written communication skills; including the ability to communicate effectively with people from diversebackgrounds, including Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and First Nations people.
  7. Understanding of and ability to maintain client confidentiality. 
  8. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a small team and use initiative with minimum supervision.
  9. Commitment to continuous improvement of service delivery.
  10. Commitment to legal aid values and an understanding of Northern Territory justice issues and the legal assistance sector.



  1.  A minimum of 2 years post-admission experience in domestic violence law and practice or a related practice area.
  2. Knowledge of NT Domestic and Family Violence law and practice.
  3. Experience in the preparation and delivery of community legal education information and resources.


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Applications close 4:00 pm Wednesday, 19 June 2024.


For further information please contact Ms Zara O'Sullivan on 8999 7977 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Last modified: 06/06/2024 9:11 AM

Office details

Office: 3/6 Lindsay St. Darwin NT 0800
Post: GPO Box 2388 Darwin NT 0801
ABN: 62 208 314 893


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