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CLE Lawyer - Central Australian Women's Legal Service

  • Alice Springs and Tennant Creek 
  • Full time 


Agency Overview

Central Australian Women’s Legal Service delivers a holistic, culturally safe, trauma informed intensive service model across the Central Australia & Barkly regions.


At CAWLS we aspire for a future where women and their children are safe, living with dignity and respect. Our purpose is to help women in Central Australia and the Barkly Regions with their legal matters and other interconnected issues; providing legal assistance, community legal education, and specialised support services for those affected by domestic violence.


CAWLS operates two Commonwealth funded Specialist Domestic Violence Units/Health Justice Partnerships based in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. Through these units, CAWLS provides ongoing education and training for health service providers assisting them to identify and respond to disclosures of family violence.


Our objectives are:

  • To provide free and confidential legal assistance and wrap-around support; - To increase legal literacy and understanding through the provision of legal education;
  • To enable professionals to identify, support and refer victims of domestic violence to appropriate services;
  • To advocate for law and policy reform seeking changes beneficial to our clients.

CAWLS is funded by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, the National Indigenous Australians Agency and the Northern Territory Government.


Selection Criteria


  • Eligible to hold a Practising Certificate in the Northern Territory and minimum two years post-admission experience.
  • Experience in the delivery of community legal education and high level liaison and networking skills.
  • Ability to identify, develop, prepare and deliver culturally appropriate community legal education materials/presentations.
  • Experience with law reform submissions and policy development.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the work of community legal centres and demonstrated understanding of issues facing clients assisted by the Centre particularly the dynamics of domestic and family violence as it affects women.
  • Understanding of legal, economic and social issues affecting women in the Northern Territory, particularly Central Australia and the Barkly regions.
  • Demonstrated experience in working autonomously and as a member of a small multidisciplinary team in co-operation with others.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy and high level written and oral communication skills, including the ability to simplify legal jargon, type own reports, court documents, letters and undertake data entry.
  • Personal commitment to reflection and self-care to build resilience and minimise the impact of vicarious trauma.
  • Current NT Driver’s License, NT Ochre Card & Criminal History check (or the ability to obtain).



  • Minimum two years post-admission experience and previous Community Legal Education experience.
  • Previous experience working in a Community Legal Centre or similar organisation.
  • Experience working with people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) / Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.


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Applications close  Wednesday 31 July 2024. 


For more information contact Alice de Brenni, Operations Manager on 08 8952 4055 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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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