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Community Solicitor - Darwin Community Legal Service

  • Darwin 
  • Full time 
  • Salary SCHADS Award level 6, starting at $102,000 plus super


About this role

The GLS Community Solicitor position is based in the DCLS General Legal Services (GLS) team. GLS provides independent, impartial advice and advocacy assistance in general civil law matters in accordance with DCLS priorities. This includes social security, employment, credit and debt, NDIS, adult guardianship, and discrimination. GLS aims to be actively involved in community legal education and a leading contributor and collaborator in advancing rights and justice for and with marginalise people in the NT.

The GLS Community Solicitor role contributes to GLS assisting clients, undertaking community legal education, and collaborating for reform.


Key duties and responsibilities

Performing at a high standard of expertise, efficiency, and effectiveness reflective of Grade 6, key duties and responsibilities of this role include:

Legal assistance

  • Provide legal advice, legal assistance, and legal representation to GLS clients
  • Plan and manage client legal work including record keeping, work management, legal research, client liaison, logistical and collaborative tasks in accordance with DCLS policy and procedures.
  • Maintain accurate client files and data entry.
  • Draft material related to client matters with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Contribute to the development of DCLS’s Legal Practice, team members’ skills and identifying wider service delivery issues arising from client work
  • Other tasks as directed or approved by the Principal Solicitor from time to timeCommunity

Legal Education

  • Contribute to the development and support of community workers, other legal practitioners, networks and community through relevant activities and modes
  • Develop and maintain resources for GLS community legal education
  • Deliver GLS community legal education

Law Reform

  • Assist in the development of and identify law reform opportunities based on evidence from practice, including through test cases, submissions, campaigning, and lobbying
  • Undertake and contribute to research and logistics in relation to GLS law reform activities
  • Contribute to GLS arrangements related to community participation including helping to liaise with key stakeholders, groups, and networks


  • Work to a legal professional standard of efficiency, accuracy, and responsiveness
  • Comply with DCLS policies and procedures
  • Work as a member of the team and assist in tasks shared by other staff
  • Attend and participate in team, casework and/or staff meetings
  • Report to the Principal Solicitor or as delegated by the Principal Solicitor


Selection criteria


  1. Minimum 4 years practising experience in direct client legal work.
  2. Hold, or eligible to hold a Current NT Legal Practising Certificate.
  3. Willingness to facilitate and accept supervision and work diligently and collaboratively.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to social justice and human rights.
  5. Enthusiasm to contribute in the role as a member of the GLS team.
  6. Awareness and understanding of access and equity principles and inequalities, particularly in the Northern Territory context.
  7. Demonstrated capacity to provide accessible and culturally sensitive legal advice to a wide variety of clients, in various areas of law.
  8. Well-developed oral and written communication skills and the ability to present information clearly and concisely.
  9. Demonstrated legal research skills relevant to undertaking legal practice.
  10. Strong time management skills and ability to prioritise competing demands.
  11. Well-developed interpersonal skills, including conflict resolution skills and the ability to work well within a team environment.
  12. Demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative, accept responsibility, and meet deadlines and outcomes with quality output.
  13. A high level of attention to detail and the ability to work with an electronic records management system.
  14. Willingness to travel away from Darwin for short periods.15. Hold current NT Driver’s License16. Hold a current working with Children’s Card (Ochre Card).
  15. Hold a current national Police Clearance certificate.


  1. Experience working in a community-based organisation.
  2. Experience in developing and delivering community education and training.


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Applications close Friday, 19 July 2024


For more information please contact Brooke Meredith on For more information please contact Brooke Meredith on 08 8982 1111 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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Telephone: (08) 8981 5104