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Lawyer - CAWLS

  • Tennant Creek
  • Full-time, 2 year contract



As a Lawyer with CAWLS you will be working in a small but busy and tight knit team under the direction of the Senior Management Team. The lawyer will be engaged in legal advice, casework, outreach clinics, information & referrals, community engagement, community legal education and law reform. Excellent ongoing training and on the job support will be provided to the successful applicant. You must be able to work independently & as part of a team providing high quality legal services to clients.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

Legal Advice and Casework Service:

  • Provide high quality legal advice and representation within CAWLS areas of practice and
  • Assist CAWLS Management to develop and maintain the law practice and its systems to ensure
    legal services align with the Centre’s practice modes, organisational priorities, professional
    responsibilities, and funding obligations.
  • Work with colleagues across the organisation to deliver holistic and wrap around services for
    clients including appropriate referrals to other services and agencies when necessary. 
  • Represent clients at the local court, in the Federal Circuit court and other tribunals as
    necessary and to assist with the provision of duty lawyer services.
  • Undertake Outreach to provide legal advice and representation to women. May include
    occasional travel to remote locations.
  • Assist to plan, deliver, and evaluate community legal education resources and presentations
    as requested by the Manager, Policy and Education.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate networks with relevant community-based organisations,
    engaging in partnership development activities to build awareness of the service for CAWLS
  • Undertake and/or participate in policy and law reform & assist with the writing and editing of
    texts for publication as required.
  • Support other colleagues, particularly when they are out of office, by taking responsibility for
    their files.
  • Other duties as delegated by the Senior Management team


  • Maintain effective file management systems and internal quality assurance proceduresconsistent with the administrative systems, procedures, and policies of the organisation toensure collection of relevant data and statistics and provide reports to the CAWLS SeniorManagement team as requested.
  • Ensure all legal service data collection is accurate, comprehensive and informs practice and advocacy. 


  • Undertake training/professional development in consultation with the Senior Management. 
  • Ensure compliance with CAWLS policies and procedures.
  • Participate in regular staff and supervision meetings and annual performance appraisal.
  • Monitor and evaluate areas of responsibility in line with performance review and the Centre’s organisational planning.
  • Always maintain a teamwork approach.
  • Other relevant duties as directed by the Senior Management Team.


Selection Criteria


  1. Eligible to hold a Practising Certificate in the Northern Territory, and;
  2. Capacity to provide high quality legal advice and casework, particularly in the areas of law
    relevant to CAWLS areas of practice.
  3. Demonstrated commitment to meeting the legal needs of disadvantaged groups &
    commitment to social justice and equality
  4. Understanding of and commitment to the work of community legal centres and demonstrated understanding of issues facing clients assisted by the Centre particularly thedynamics of domestic and family violence as it affects women.
  5. Understanding of legal, economic, and social issues affecting women in the Northern
    Territory, particularly Central Australia and the Barkly regions.
  6. Ability and desire to work in a trauma-informed service delivery model, including working
    with a multi-disciplinary team and collaborating with other agencies to deliver client
  7. Ability to work both as a member of a team as well as independently with minimal
    supervision, well developed time management skills and the ability to manage client matters
    and meet deadlines.
  8. 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.
  9. Personal commitment to reflection and self-care to build resilience and minimise the impact
    of vicarious trauma.
  10. Hold, or the ability to obtain, a current NT Driver’s License, NT Ochre Card as well as pass a
    National Police Check.



  1. Post-admission experience in an Australian Legal Practice for two (2) or more years.
  2. Experience working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) / First Nations backgrounds. 
  3. Experience with general civil law matters in particular Domestic and Family violence.
  4. Previous experience working in a Community Legal Centre & experience using CLASS (database).


Click here to download the position description


Applications close 31 July 2024. 


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




Last modified: 09/07/2024 12:37 PM

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