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Lawyer - Central Land Council

  • Tanami, Alice Springs
  • Position Number: LE004
  • Full-time
  • $83,738 - $140,355 



This position is one of a team of lawyers in the legal section of the Central Land Council (CLC) who provide legal advice to the Council and staff and legal representation to traditional Aboriginal owners and Native Title holders in relation to legal matters arising under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (ALRA) and the exercise of Native Title rights and matters arising from the Native Title Act 1993 (NTA). This position will primarily work on a regional basis undertaking necessary legal tasks within the region they are assigned. 


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  1. Represent, assist and advise traditional Aboriginal owners in matters arising from the acquisition, use, occupation and management of Aboriginal Land under the ALRA.
  2. Assist and advise Native Title holders in legal aspects of the CLC’s role as a Native Title representative body pursuant to the NTA.
  3. Assist with the conduct of negotiations with mining companies and other seeking access to land in the CLC region.
  4. Assist and advise in relation to economic development on Aboriginal land, including developing corporate structures, drafting contractual arrangements, and scrutinising financial matters.
  5. Provide advice to CLC in respect to the performance of its statutory functions under the ALRA.
  6. Provide advice to the CLC and to staff of the CLC on legislative and policy issues arising from the ALRA and other Commonwealth and Territory legislation and law.
  7. Represent the CLC in Courts and Tribunals as required.
  8. Engage in effective consultations with, and take instructions from, traditional Aboriginal owners and Native Title holders as required.
  9. Assist in the development of appropriate skills experience and expertise of CLC staff, and in particular, Aboriginal staff members.
  10. Where appropriate and depending on experience, mentor junior lawyers and assist in the development of appropriate skills, experience and expertise of the unit’s staff.
  11. Disseminate information according to Council guidelines to the Council’s constituent communities.
  12. Other duties that are safe, legal, logical and responsible while being within limits of employee’s skill, competence and training consistent with the classification structure.


Selection Criteria


  1. Qualified to be admitted as a legal practitioner in the Northern Territory.
  2. Capacity to provide legal representation in complex matters and provide high-level advice totraditional Aboriginal owners on relevant legal matters.
  3. Experience in commercial legal matters.
  4. Well-developed negotiation skills (particularly in relation to matters associated with the commercial and other access to Aboriginal land).
  5. An understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal people living in remote localities.
  6. Ability to work under pressure and with limited supervision and have adaptable and flexible attitudes and approaches to work.
  7. Highly developed written and oral communication skills.
  8. Good interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate effectively with people, particularly Aboriginal people.
  9. Appropriate level of health and fitness to meet the rigours of remote field work including driving long distances in a 4WD vehicle, changing tyres and lifting up to 20kg as necessary.
  10. A current NT driver’s licence and the ability to operate four-wheel drive vehicles safely in remotelocalities.11. Must hold (or be capable of holding and apply for) an Ochre Card from SafeNT and undertake aNational Police Certificate assessment if required.



  1. Experience working with Aboriginal organisations and/or issues.
  2. Knowledge of legislation relevant to traditional Aboriginal Owners and Native Title holders in the Northern Territory.
  3. An understanding of Indigenous economic development issues.
  4. Ability to communicate with Aboriginal people and to advise and seek instructions in a culturally appropriate way.
  5. Commitment to Aboriginal self-determination.
  6. Ability to work effectively and efficiently as part of a multi-disciplined team of professional and non-professional staff
  7. Experience in the mentoring of staff.


Click here to download the position description 


Applications close Wednesday, 24 July 2024. 


For further information about the role, contact Emily Ryan on 08 8951 6211.

For further information about the application process, contact Jess Howard (Human Resources Advisor) on 08 8951 6211. 


Last modified: 04/07/2024 1:55 PM

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